The gift / Gaven

Niels Gråbøl (DK, 2008)

Gaven (Niels Gråbøl, DK, 2008)
Foto: Rolf Konow;Lars Høgsted

Mogens is an imaginative person. Sometimes a little too much, in which case he has, on occasion, been admitted to a mental hospital just to ease the pressure a little. He hasn't seen his family for years, but one day he turns up at a family reunion hosted by his former wife and two adult sons. They, however, do not share his enthusiasm. Soon one of his sons, Jens, has to escort his father back to the hospital. But perhaps because Jens has inherited a little of his father's runaway imagination, he takes pity on him, even as he keeps rambling on about a red sports car he has bought as a present. The two head out on a wild goose chase that leaves Jens gasping for air.


Basic information

Danish titleGaven
Other titlesManio D.
DirectorNiels Gråbøl
Director of PhotographyMorten Søborg
Production designerThomas Greve
Danish theatrical release30.04.2008
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageDanish
Duration98 min.
Production companyTju-Bang Film
International saleAB Svensk Filmindustri / Råsundavägen 150 / 169 86 Stockholm / Sweden / t +46 (0)8 409 188 00 / f +46 8680 3783 / /
Festival informationDanish Film Institute
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Additional information

Technical info2672 meters / 35 mm / color / Dolby, SRD
Length in meters2565 m
Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 11

Full credits

Niels GråbølDirection
Peter Hingebjerg1st assistant director
Mette Kjærgaard2nd assistant director
Peter Daniel Zeuthen3rd assistant director
Stine EilertzenExtras coordinator
Jakob Bak LeyCreative supervisor
Lars MunckStoryboard
Peter HingebjergUnit manager
Michael FleischerExecutive producer
Ane Mandrup PedersenLine producer
Ane Mandrup PedersenProduction manager
Karina SkovgaardProduction assistant
Julie Rix PetersenProduction assistant
Ane Mandrup PedersenProduction coordinator: post-production
Karin TrolleProduction coordinator: post-production
Jesper MüllerProduction coordinator
Gitte WahlProduction director
Ivan SchmidtHead of tecnical unit
Rikke UlnitsLocation scout
Tina Ryoon AndersenLocation coordinator
Morten SøborgCinematography
Tao Ahler1st assistant camera
Anna EbornVideo assistant
Niels Reedtz JohansenDirector of photography
Magnus Nordenhof JønckDirector of photography
Ian Hansen1st assistant camera
Andreas Schou AndersenFilm recording
Niels GråbølCinematographer
Alexander MarthinVFX cinematographer
Rolf KonowStills
Electrical dept.
Andreas EngelBest boy
Alex SuhrBest boy
Philip FischerAssistant lighting technician
Magnus Christian HansenAssistant lighting technician
Martin HansenAssistant lighting technician
Niels Kjær OlsenAssistant lighting technician
Jonathan Go-MatsushimaAssistant lighting technician
Jakob ThuesenEditing
Jesper MüllerEditing coordinator
Kenneth Laugaard AndersenAssistant editor
Christian EinshøjAssistant editor
Henrik BlochAssistant editor
Sofus PetersenAssistant editor
Sofie SteenbergerAssistant editor
Production design
Thomas GreveProduction design
Rasmus KochSet dresser
Rasmus ColdSet dresser
Martin Skovbjerg JensenProperty assistant
Susie BjørnvadWardrobe
Pernelle CaspersenMakeup artist
Eddie SimonsenSound engineer: post-production
Thomas JægerSound engineer
Jens de Place BjørnSound engineer
Jakob GarfieldSound engineer
Lisbet ObelSound engineer
Lea KorsgaardSound assistant
Alex PavlovicSound assistant
Anne JensenFoley artist
Lars RasmussenSound assistant: post-production
Special effects
Hans Peter LudvigsenSpecial effects
Visual effects
Peter HjorthVFX supervisor
Niels GråbølTitle design
Alexander MarthinVisual effects
Anna EbornTitle design
Ejvind BordingColor timing
Stig GüntherStunt coordinator
Dennis AlbrethsenStunt coordinator
Luba MukibiAnimation
Rikke BjerreAnimation
Niels GråbølAnimation
Jakob Bak LeyCreative supervisor
Dorte StidsingAssistant
Rita AngelaMormor
Rasmus BotoftForvagt
Ulf PilgaardGunnar
Niels GråbølMand med hund
Ulrik CroneUlrik Crone
Josefine GråbølBagerjomfru
Katrine FalkenbergSygeplejerske
Helge ScheuerÆldre herre
Stig GüntherPortør
Hans HoltegaardLastbilchauffør
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Göteborg International Film Festival 23-01-2009
Copenhagen Night Film Festival 28-03-2008

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Reviews and articles

Artikel (BT - Johansson, 9 May 2008)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Uth Jensen, 2 May 2008)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Uth Jensen, 2 May 2008)

Anmeldelse (BT - Wendt Jensen, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Iversen, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Børsen - Durr, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Ekstra Bladet - Lind Larsen, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Information - Monggaard, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Information - Monggaard, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Metroexpress - Langelund, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Sonne, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Weekendavisen - Green Jensen, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Weekendavisen - Green Jensen, 30 April 2008)

Anmeldelse (Nyhedsavisen - Fredensborg, 30 April 2008)

Artikel (Politiken - Bo, 12 April 2008)

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