Det røde kapel

Mads Brügger (DK, 2009)

Det røde kapel (Mads Brügger, DK, 2009)
Foto: René Johannsen

A journalist, a spastic and a comedian travel to North Korea with a mission to challenge the conditions of the smile in one of the world's most notorious regimes. On the pretext of being a small theatre troupe on a cultural exchange visit »The Red Chapel« was given permission to travel to North Korea and perform but in reality the small troupe had no such intentions.


Basic information

Danish titleDet røde kapel
DirectorMads Brügger
ProducerPeter Engel
Director of PhotographyRené Johansen
Danish festival release2009-08-30
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageDanish, English
Duration88 min.
Production companyZentropa RamBUk
International saleTrustNordisk / Filmbyen 22 / DK-2650 Hvidovre / t +45 3686 8788 / f +45 3677 4448 / /
Festival informationZentropa Productions ApS
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Additional information

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Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 15

Full credits

Mads BrüggerDirection
Johan StahlAssistant director
Peter EngelProducer
Stine Lauritz LarsenProducer's assistant
Mette Hoffmann MeyerExecutive producer
Peter Aalbæk JensenExecutive producer
Charlotte VintherProduction manager
Katja AdomeitProduction manager: post-production
René JohansenCinematography
Johan Stahl1st assistant camera
Jakob GarfieldSound engineer
Mikkel SørensenSound engineer
Frank Mølgaard KnudsenSound assistant
Visual effects
Ian WalshCompositing
Other credits
Chris SangerSpeak consultant
Mads BrüggerAppearance
Jacob NossellAppearance
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary 2010 Sundance Film Festival 2010
Best Nordic Documentary 2009 Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 2009

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Taipei, Urban Nomad Film Fest 25-04-2013
Ottawa EU-Film Festival 17-11-2011
Kaliningrad EU-filmfestival 21-10-2011
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 05-09-2011
Les Arcs European Film Festival 11-12-2010
Plus Camerimage Torun 27-11-2010
Brisbane International Film Festival 04-11-2010
Canberra International Film Festival 27-10-2010
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 07-10-2010
Uhuru Productions Cape Town, Tri Continental Film Festival 01-10-2010
Internazionale a Ferrara 01-10-2010
Vancouver International Film Festival 30-09-2010
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2010
Riga, Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries 07-09-2010
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 26-07-2010
Guanajuato International Film Festival 23-07-2010
Melbourne Film Festival 23-07-2010
München International Film Festival 25-06-2010
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 22-06-2010
Bratislava Art Film Festival 18-06-2010
Los Angeles Film Festival 17-06-2010
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 08-04-2010
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 03-04-2010
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 25-03-2010
New York New Directors/New Films 24-03-2010
Vilnius International Film Festival 18-03-2010
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 18-03-2010
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 12-03-2010
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 12-03-2010
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 25-02-2010
Sundance Film Festival 21-01-2010
Amsterdam, IDFA 19-11-2009
Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 25-09-2009
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Registration of festival participation and awards

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The Red Chapel 1 Photo: René Johannsen
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