Truly Human

Åke Sandgren, Denmark, 2001

94 min.DK/Feature

A contemporary fable about an invisible man who is given the chance to become a real human being. "P" is an imaginary character in the mind of seven-year-old Lisa. He lives behind the wallpaper in her bedroom. One day the house is demolished and he emerges from the rubble. With no language or identity he sets out into the human world, ending up at a refugee centre. This is the start of the account of "P's" dramatic progress through decline on his way to become truly human.
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Original title Et rigtigt menneske
Danish title Et rigtigt menneske
Other titles Dogme #18
Director Åke Sandgren
Screenplay Åke Sandgren
Director of Photography Dirk Brüel
Editor Kasper Leick
Sound Mikkel Groos
Casting Rie Hedegaard
Appearance Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Clara Nepper Winther, Peter Mygind, Susan A. Olsen
Production country Denmark
Production company Zentropa Entertainments
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
International sales TrustNordisk
Technical info 35 mm, 1,37:1 Academy, color, Dolby
Danish theatrical release 27.04.2001
Cinemas Dagmar, Palads, Grand, Gladsaxe Bio, Empire samt ni biografer i provinsen. (Forpremiere ved Natfilmfestival i København 2.4. 2001)
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Zentropa Entertainments
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution


Direction Åke Sandgren
Continuity Annemarie Aaes
Casting Rie Hedegaard


Script Åke Sandgren


Production Ib Tardini
Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Production manager Kamilla Monies
Unit manager Caroline Poulsen
Post-producton coordinator Anne Katrine Andersen
Production assistant Sarita Christensen


Cinematography Dirk Brüel


Still photographer Per Arnesen


Editing Kasper Leick


Wardrobe Malin Birch-Jensen


Sound Mikkel Groos


Stunt Stig Günther


"P" Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Lisa Clara Nepper Winther
Walter, Lisas far Peter Mygind
Charlotte, Lisas mor Susan A. Olsen
Skotøjshandler Stromboli Troels II Munk
Tanja Line Kruse
Ulrik Klaus Bondam
Molly Charlotte Munksgaard
Benny Oliver Zahle
Kjeldsen Søren Hauch-Fausbøll
Sedergren Peter Belli
Anna Anne Oppenhagen Pagh
Appearance Henrik Birch
Appearance Mogens Holm

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Holden Award, Best Screenplay 2001 Torino International Film Festival 2001
NDR, Förderpreis 2001 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2001
Baltic Film Prize 2001 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2001
OCIC Award 2001 San Sebastian International Film Festival 2001

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2007-11-08
Taipei Film Festival 2007-06-22
Vilnius International Film Festival 2003-03-22
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2002-11-23
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2002-10-18
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2002-09-26
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2002-06-21
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2002-04-18
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2002-04-13
New York New Directors/New Films 2002-03-24
Sofia International Film Festival 2002-03-14
Göteborg International Film Festival 2002-01-25
Torino International Film Festival 2001-11-15
London Film Festival 2001-11-07
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2001-11-01
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2001-11-01
Bergen International Film festival 2001-10-19
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2001-10-08
Chicago International Film Festival 2001-10-06
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2001-09-21
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 2001-08-27
Cannes, Festival de 2001-05-09
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