Happy go lucky / Gambler

Phie Ambo (DK, 2006)

Gambler (Phie Ambo, DK, 2006)
Anders Morgenthaler

A humorous documentary about film director Nicolas Winding Refn and his struggle to clear himself of a personal debt of DKK 5.5 million - to secure his family financially and help him get on with his life. Refn, noted for his debut cult movie »Pusher« from 1996, was forced to file for personal bankruptcy after »Fear X« (2003) failed at the boxoffice. His only chance to wipe the slate clean and continue his career as a filmmaker was to produce »Pusher 2« and »Pusher 3«. »Gambler« humorously portrays his ambitious project where there is no time for writer's block and where deadlines are to be met if money is to keep rolling in.

CategoryDK/Documentary - Portrait films

Basic information

Danish titleGambler
DirectorPhie Ambo
Director of PhotographyPhie Ambo
Danish theatrical release20.04.2006
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageDanish
Duration77 min.
Production companyTju-Bang Film
International saleTrustNordisk / Filmbyen 22 / DK-2650 Hvidovre / t +45 3686 8788 / f +45 3677 4448 / info@trustnordisk.com / www.trustnordisk.com
Festival informationDanish Film Institute
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Additional information

Technical infocolor
Length in meters2388 m
Danish ratingAllowed for all

Full credits

Phie AmboDirection
Mira JargilAssistant director
Christian RankProducer
Michael FleischerExecutive producer
Karina SkovgaardProduction assistant
Tina Ryoon AndersenProduction assistant
Ane Mandrup PedersenProducer's assistant
Phie AmboCinematography
Theis SchmidtEditing
Mikael Kloster EbbesenAssistant editor
Anders Albjerg KristiansenAssistant editor
Janus Billeskov JansenEditing supervisor
Nikolaj HessComposer
Mads LundgårdSound engineer
Morten WilleSound engineer
Jakob GarfieldSound assistant
Visual effects
Christina PoulsenGraphic design
Jan TvillingColorgrading
Torsten Høgh RasmussenGraphic design
Henrik DanstrupProducenten
Liv CorfixenKæresten
Kusse KurtKusse Kurt
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Toronto International Film Festival 01-10-2013
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 19-07-2012
Munich International Film Festival 29-06-2012
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 26-04-2012
Torino International Film Festival 13-11-2009
New York BAMcinematek 30-09-2009
Los Angeles Cinefamily 16-09-2009
Valencia Cinema Jove 16-06-2007
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 15-02-2007
Newcastle Northern Lights Film Festival 16-11-2006
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 10-11-2006
Sheffield Doc/Fest 30-10-2006
Warsaw International Film Festival 06-10-2006
Helsinki Film Festival 14-09-2006
Odense Internationale Film Festival 15-08-2006
Melbourne Film Festival 26-07-2006
Cambridge Film Festival 06-07-2006
Sydney Film Festival 09-06-2006
Seattle International Film Festival 25-05-2006
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 11-04-2006
Göteborg International Film Festival 27-01-2006
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 25-01-2006
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

Phie Ambo

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Reviews and articles

Artikel (Politiken - Grualt, 15 September 2006)

Anmeldelse (BT - Wendt Jensen, 21 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Information - Movin, 21 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Uth Jensen, 21 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Metroexpress - Vandrup, 21 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 21 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Iversen, 20 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Ekstra Bladet - Lind Larsen, 20 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Sommer Boysen, 20 April 2006)

Anmeldelse (Urban - Sauntved, 20 April 2006)

Interview (Urban - Sauntved, 19 April 2006)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Ruskin, 19 April 2006)

Artikel (Ekstra Bladet - Kastrup, 18 April 2006)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Iversen, 13 April 2006)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Enggaard, 12 April 2006)

Artikel (Politiken - Ritzau, 31 January 2006)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Skyum-Nielsen, 9 November 2005)

Artikel (Politiken - Bo, 29 October 2005)

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The script

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