...When You Look Away

Phie Ambo, Denmark, 2017

79 min.DK/Documentary

The documentary examines the subject of consciousness in terms of quantum physics in close collaboration with scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute. The film’s narrative form gives the audience the opportunity to follow a process where the results are not presented beforehand, and it raises a series of basic scientific questions such as: What if basic causal relationships in the world do not work like we think they do? Should we understand the relationship between our consciousness and the physical world in a whole new way? What is happening at the science frontier, where accepted truths and wild theories collide? Could a new way of understanding our human consciousness come from an entirely unexpected place?
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Original title Når du kigger væk
Danish title ...Når du kigger væk
Keywords Consciousness, Science, Quantum physics
Director Phie Ambo
Screenplay Phie Ambo
Producer Malene Flindt Pedersen
Director of Photography Phie Ambo, Maggie Olkuska
Editor Theis Schmidt
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Johan Carøe
Appearance Holger Bech Nielsen
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales CAT&Docs
Danish theatrical release 21.03.2017
Cinemas Bremen Cinema CPH:DOX 2017
Comment Selected for IDFA's Masters. The film follows Mechanical Love (2007) and Free the Mind (2012) as the director's third film in her trilogy exploring scientific and existential questions in a dramatic as well as a cinematic structure.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Viola-Lucia Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR K
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Phie Ambo
Assistant director Maia Saabye Christensen


Screenplay Phie Ambo


Producer Malene Flindt Pedersen
Producer: development Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Producer's assistant Asser Bo Paludan
Production assistant Dorte Lykke Christiansen


Cinematographer Phie Ambo
Cinematographer Maggie Olkuska


Editor Theis Schmidt
Editing supervisor Anna Heide
Assistant editor Jeppe Hansen


Composer Johan Carøe


Sound designer Rasmus Winther Jensen
Sound design assistant Jacques Pedersen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Salla Hämäläinen
Foley editor Pietu Korhonen

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen


Animation Joaquim Marques Nielsen


Appearance Holger Bech Nielsen

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2018-01-23
Amsterdam, IDFA 2017-11-15
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2017-10-24
Reykjavik Film Festival 2017-09-28
Bergen International Film festival 2017-09-26
Seoul, EBS International Documentary Festival 2017-08-21
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017-06-09
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017-05-12
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2017-04-27
CPH:DOX 2017-03-16
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