The Visit

Michael Madsen, Denmark, 2015

85 min.DK/Documentary

"This film documents an event that has never taken place - man's first encounter with intelligent life from space", but ever since the invention of radio, humans have been sending signals into space, announcing their existence to other civilizations. With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, the film explores a first contact scenario, beginning with the simplest of questions: Why are you here? How do you think? What do you see in humans that we don't see in ourselves?

A journey beyond a terrestrial perspective, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms, but also its own self image.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title The Visit: An Alien Encounter
Danish title Besøget
Keywords Space, Aliens, Space exploration, Life, Astrobiology, Astronomy
Director Michael Madsen
Producer Lise Lense-Møller
Director of Photography Heikki Färm
Editor Stefan Sundlöf, Nathan Nugent
Composer Karsten Fundal
Production country Denmark, Finland
Dialogue language English
Production company Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Magic Hour Films, DOXBIO
International sales Autlook Filmsales
Danish theatrical release 02.09.2015
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Magic Hour Films
Co-production NGF Filmproduktion, Venom Productions, Mouka Filmi, Indie Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Magic Hour Films, DOXBIO


Direction Michael Madsen


Producer Lise Lense-Møller
Production Cecilia Valsted
Production Lars Brask Frederiksen
Production Heidi Elise Christensen
Producer's assistant Kristoffer Barslund


Cinematographer Heikki Färm


Editor Stefan Sundlöf
Editor Nathan Nugent


Music Karsten Fundal


Sound Peter Albrechtsen
Sound Øivind Weingaarde

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Science Award 2015 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Amsterdam, IDFA 2015-11-18
CPH:DOX 2015-11-06
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2015-11-04
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2015-10-09
München International Film Festival 2015-06-25
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2015-06-19
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015-06-05
Transilvania International Film Festival 2015-05-29
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015-05-09
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2015-05-06
Leuven, Docville 2015-05-01
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2015-04-23
Nyon, Visions du Réel 2015-04-17
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2015-04-09
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2015-04-04
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2015-03-13
Sundance Film Festival 2015-01-22
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Lindberg, Kristian 2015-12-22
Artikel Information Monggaard, Christian 2015-12-22
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2015-09-02
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