En værdig mand
2019 - CHEMO BRAIN, tv show
2019 - CROCODILE TEARS, short
2018 - A WORTHY MAN, short
2017 - FOREVER NOW, short
2015 - WELCOME TO PARADISE, short
2013 - RECEPTION, short
I’m studying at the Danish film school SUPER16, which is a community of filmmakers that attend the education for a period of three years and consists of directors, scriptwriters and producers. Each year 6 teams are formed, and 6 films are made. A WORTHY MAN was my first-year production at SUPER16 and was made in collaboration with my producer Caroline Steenberg Dam and scriptwriter Marianne Lentz. We had very limited time to make the film, from finding an idea we all could see ourselves doing and developing in August 2017 to shooting and post producing the film before the fixed premiere date in April 2018. It was a very intense process, but I’m really happy with the final product.
Super16 does not receive any governmental subsidies and survives with the economic support from the national film industry funds and contributions. That means that we had to finance most of the films budget ourselves. Our Collaborators are Nordisk Film, Spar Nord, Det Obelske Familiefond, Dansk Skuespillerforbund whilst the film was supported by the talent program Filmworkshop CPH, the Danish Writers Guilt (Danske Dramatikere), Animation workshop Viborg and several private financier’s and sponsors. It wasn’t easy to finance the film with the limited time we had, but we made it work. And since it was a student film, the entire crew worked on the production pro bono. I’m insanely grateful for that!
Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?
In general, I think there’s a great cinematic community in Europe – at least that’s my experience from meeting industry people at the different festivals around the world. Compared to the States, I of course believe that it sometimes can be challenging in Europe with all the language boundaries in doing co-productions, but I think it’s great that it’s still developing.
If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?
It’s not a film, but I would most likely make a cavalcade of all episodes of the tv show THE KNICK by Steven Soderbergh. It needs to be seen by more people. The style of the show has been a big inspiration for me the last couple of years.
What is your next project?
I got some different projects in the making. First of all, I’m still studying at the Danish film school SUPER16, where we are pretty close to shooting our mid-term production. It has the Danish working title ISSLAG (English: ICE STORM). I’m writing it with scriptwriter Christina Øster and it is produced by Andreas Bak at Zentropa Entertainment. It’s a psychological drama about the hard times of a reunion between a father and his son – and the difficulties of it being arranged by the father’s new girlfriend.
Besides that, I’m actually in the early stages of writing the short film THE END OF MY WORLD with scriptwriter Malthe Miehe-Renard, together with American producer Kara Durrett and American DoP Lowell A. Meyer, which we are planning on shooting in the States later this year. I met Kara and Lowell at SXSW in 2017, and we’ve wanted to work together ever since. It’s a story about a cultic family, where the mom in a dramatic moment is forced to make a choice between her kids or her belief.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Kristian Håskjold
Written by: Marianne Lentz
Produced by: Caroline Steenberg Dam
Cinematography: Rasmus Hasle Jørgensen
Editing: Allan Funch
Production Design: Eva Lendorph
Costume Design: Rebecca Sophia Morris Sigaard
Hair & Make-up: Lilli Thavapee Tollerup
Original Score: Jesper Ankarfeldt
Sound: Christian Munk Scheuer
Visual Effects: Björn Gromoll, Pierre Ventrilla
Main Cast: Troels Lyby (Erik), Marina Bouras (Hanne), Milo Campanale (Rune)
Nominations and Awards
- Short Film Candidates 2019