Side by Side

37 min.DK/Documentary

Two neighbours live side by side, but they haven't spoken for more than 15 years. Instead they have built not just one, but two hedges that separate them

In this visually compelling story the director goes far behind the animosity and unravels the incidents that stirred the conflict in the first place. The gardens of the village of Tarm supply the images for the drama and the director fully masters the staged documentary where the grass have never been green and the sky has never been covered by such large grey clouds. With played down lines that only people from Western Jutland can deliver Side by Side is a moving portrayal of human beings, which bubbles with dry humour.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Side om side
Danish title Side om side
Keywords Neighbours, Conflicts, 2000-2009
Director Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Producer Jesper Jack
Director of Photography Niels Thastum
Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Sound Johannes Elling Dam
Composer Jonas Colstrup
Production country Denmark
Production company Cosmo Film Doc
Domestic distribution Cosmo Film Doc
International sales Upfront Films
Technical info color, Sound
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Cosmo Film Doc
Executive Producer Upfront Films
Domestic distribution Cosmo Film Doc


Direction Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Assistant director Mira Jargil


Producer Jesper Jack
Executive producer Henrik Veileborg


Cinematography Niels Thastum


Editing Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen


Composer Jonas Colstrup


Sound Johannes Elling Dam

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Honorable Mention 2009 Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2009
Honorable Mention 2009 Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 2009
Grand Prix 2009 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2009
Special Mention 2008 CPH:DOX 2008

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
ZagrebDox 2010-02-28
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2010-01-26
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2009-11-04
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2009-10-26
Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 2009-09-25
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2009-08-17
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2009-07-03
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2009-04-30
CPH:DOX 2008-11-07
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