The Secret

Morten Køhlert, Denmark, 2012

94 min.DK/Feature

One cold January morning the three siblings Donna, age 16 years, Rianne, age 14 and Plet, age11, find their mother lying dead on the kitchen floor with four tickets to Barbados in her hand. The Children decide to keep her Death a secret and put her in the cold pantry. However, keeping up appearances is demanding, particularly when family and friends, neighbours and an increasingly suspicious community try to intrude, all wanting to talk with their Mum. Gradually they discover that Mum had her secrets and there are indications that her chaotic life as Danish pop Singer, Cherry Farmer and Housewife, were just a few sides of a colorful person.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Hemmeligheden
Danish title Hemmeligheden
Director Morten Køhlert
Screenplay Thomas Howalt
Producer Morten Kaufmann
Director of Photography Bo Tengberg
Editor Anne Østerud
Sound Hans Møller
Composer Halfdan E.
Production designer Anne Mette Bo Drivsholm
Casting Lena Paaske
Appearance Igor August Svideniouk Egholm, Nanna Finding Koppel, Marta Holm, Bjarne Henriksen
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish
Production company Toolbox Film
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox
International sales
Danish festival release 14.09.2012, Grand, samt CinemaxX, fredag den 21. september kl. 10:30 og Empire Bio, lørdag den 22. september kl. 10:15, alle visninger en del af BUSTER-festivalen 2012
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Toolbox Film
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox


Direction Morten Køhlert
Casting Lena Paaske


Script Thomas Howalt


Producer Morten Kaufmann
Executive producer Signe Leick Jensen


Cinematography Bo Tengberg


Stills Karina Tengberg

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Niels Dose


Editing Anne Østerud


Composer Halfdan E.

Production design

Production design Anne Mette Bo Drivsholm


Costume designer Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen


Hair and makeup designer Bjørg Serup


Sound designer Hans Møller


Plet Igor August Svideniouk Egholm
Donna Nanna Finding Koppel
Rianne Marta Holm
Flejnert Bjarne Henriksen
Søren Claus Riis Østergaard
Keld Heick Keld Heick

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Prize of the Children’s Jury 2012 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2012
Children’s and Youth Film Prize 2012 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2012
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
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten katrine Sommer Boysen 2012-09-14
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Kim Skotte 2012-09-13
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