A Writer Named Tove

Sami Saif, Denmark, 2020

37 min.DK/Documentary

”I am a poor human. A miserable human. A completely depraved human. I am sleepless as an owl, ugly as a witch, and white wine runs through my veins instead of blood. Furthermore, I am about to shit myself to death”. Tove Ditlevsen following the break-up with her last husband in 1973. Tove lived a sort of double life. Whilst Tove Ditlevsen the human was falling apart, Tove Ditlevsen the writer would sit in ”The Oval Room” to analyze and describe her life, in full serenity. It is obvious to ask whether Tove actually lived her life to live it, or to write about it.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Tove i stykker
Danish title Tove i stykker
Keywords Personal history, Ditlevsen, Tove
Director Sami Saif
Screenplay Sami Saif
Producer Signe Leick Jensen
Editor Martin Schade
Sound Svenn Jakobsen
Composer Frederik Magle
Production country Denmark
Production company Toolbox Film
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales
Online release 23.06.2020, Filmcentralen,
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Toolbox Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Sami Saif
Director: animation Peter Lopes Andersson


Screenplay Sami Saif
Storyboard Peter Lopes Andersson


Producer Signe Leick Jensen
Production manager Lin Skytte


Editor Martin Schade


Composer Frederik Magle


Sound engineer Svenn Jakobsen
Sound effects Karoline Fjugstad Wendelborg
Sound effects Odin Eggen Brække
Foley artist Erik S. Watland
Mixer Simon Ellegaard
Mixer Svenn Jakobsen


Voice Birthe Neumann
Voice Laura Lupnaav
Voice Carla Malling Agger

Visual effects

Compositing Maria Mac Dalland
Grading Virgil Kastrup
Mastering Virgil Kastrup


Animation director Peter Lopes Andersson
Animation Ingeborg Dena Faber
Animation Maria Mac Dalland
Animation Sara Koppel
Character design Ingeborg Dena Faber
Character design Sara Koppel
Character design Maria Mac Dalland
Character design Sune Elskær
Character design Zvend Balslev
Animation consultant Ida Andreassen

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