Life in Denmark

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1972

37 min.DK/Documentary

The intention of the film is to give an impression of what small exotic Denmark looks like, what the strange Danes look like and how they are. Nearly 100 Danes are presented in the film, amongst them a racing cyclist, a Minister of Finance, a popular actor and 13 unmarried women from a provincial town. "There is too much fogginess and rain and melancholy in most of the pictures of Denmark", says Jørgen Leth. "But not in my film. I would like to show you some authentic, clear and beautiful pictures from this strange country."
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Original title Livet i Danmark
Danish title Livet i Danmark
Keywords Denmark, 1970-1979, National identity, Denmark's film, Social conditions
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography Henning Camre
Editor Lars Brydesen
Sound Leif Jensen
Composer Henning Christiansen
Appearance Jørgen Ryg, Kristen Bjørnkjær, Svend Åge Madsen, Hans-Jørgen Nielsen
Production country Denmark
Production company Jørgen Leth Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
International sales
Technical info 404 meter, 16 mm, 1,37:1 Academy, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 31.01.1972
Cinemas Carlton sammen med kortfilmene "En mand" af Ole Roos og "Tornerose var et vakkert barn" af Jytte Rex og Kirsten Justesen
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Jørgen Leth Film
Commissioned by Kortfilmrådet
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jørgen Leth


Script Jørgen Leth


Production Jørgen Leth
Organizer Gerd Roos


Cinematography Henning Camre


Stills Vibeke Winding


Editing Lars Brydesen


Music Henning Christiansen


Sound Leif Jensen


Appearance Jørgen Ryg
Appearance Kristen Bjørnkjær
Appearance Svend Åge Madsen
Appearance Hans-Jørgen Nielsen
Appearance Peder Pedersen
Appearance Dan Turèll
Appearance Jørgen Leth
Appearance Ann Bierlich
Appearance Asger Leth
Appearance Stine Bierlich

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Silver Dragon 1972 Krakow Film Festival 1972

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2007-11-07
Locarno, Festival internazionale del film 2003-08-06
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2000-10-10
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.
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