In a Better World / Hævnen

Susanne Bier (DK, 2010)

Hævnen (Susanne Bier, DK, 2010)
Foto: Per Arnesen

The story traces elements from a refugee camp in Africa to the grey humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake.

CategoryDK/Feature

Basic information

Danish titleHævnen
Other titlesDanish feature films - selection
DirectorSusanne Bier
Director of PhotographyMorten Søborg
Production designerPeter Grant
Danish theatrical release26.08.2010
Production countryDenmark
Duration119 min.
Production companyZentropa Entertainments
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
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 info3240 meters / 35 mm / color / Sound
Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 15

Full credits

Direction
Susanne BierDirection
Joakim HöglundAssistant director
Henrik HenzigerAssistant director
Susanne FalckContinuity
Line KromannCasting
Jette TermannCasting: children
Leo DavisCasting
Lissy HolmCasting
Jette TermannCasting
Lene SeestedCasting
Anne MagnérExtras coordinator
Anita Juel LystbækExtras coordinator
Karoline SchadeChildren coordinator
Kim RømerDialogue coach
Camilla BremResearch
Britta HansenPA to director
Helene BesterPA to director
Ezekiel Onyango2nd assistant director
Steve Mukora3rd assistant director
Jenny JumaCasting: Kenya
Tonny RimwahCasting: Kenya
Tonny RimwahExtras coordinator: Kenya
Yoyo VetchDialect coach: Kenya
Script
Mette FrylandTranslation: Kenya
Production
Anna AnthonyCo-producer
Peter Aalbæk JensenExecutive producer
Peter GardeExecutive producer
Charlotte PedersenAssociate producer
Vinca WiedemannCreative producer
Karen BentzonLine producer
Per NielsenConsulting producer
Ingrid KofoedProduction manager
Søren Frimodt-MøllerProduction coordinator
Kenneth BergLocation scout
Anne Katrine AndersenPost Producer
Line PlougsbækPost-production assistant
Mikkel Damkiær PedersenProduction assistant
Sidsel HybschmannProducer's assistant
Louise Sun Palmkvist HansenProducer's assistant
Claus NielsenLocation scout: Funen
Anne MagnérLocation scout: Funen
Britta HansenP.A. to Susanne Bier
Ida Marie Harder JeppesenProduction manager: Kenya
Katrin PorsProduction assistant: Kenya
Jenny PontService producer: Kenya
Kenya Maggie WanjiruProduction coordinator: Kenya
Wambui "One-Boy" KairoProduction assistant: Kenya
Nairobi Yusuf DualeProduction assistant: Kenya
Joyce NyamburaUnit manager: Kenya
Bernard "Bobo" SafariUnit manager assistant: Kenya
Robin HollisterLocation manager: Kenya
Charles MuneneAssistant location manager: Kenya
Cinematography
Morten SøborgCinematography
Jacob Marlow2nd cinematographer
Xaver GringerFocus puller
Valdemar Cold Winge Leisner1st assistant camera
Derek Gilbert ZachoVideo assistant
Lars "Lalo" WernerFilm recording
Henning Lind EriksenFilm recording
Bonnie KateiVideo assistant: Kenya
Harun MbochiGenny operator: Kenya
John TeraKey grip: Kenya
Suleiman WafulaKey grip: Kenya
Stills
Per ArnesenStills
Electrical dept.
Jacob MarlowGaffer
Jonas MadsenAssistant lighting technician
Magnus Christian HansenAssistant lighting technician
Ivan Molina CarmonaAssistant lighting technician
Jens Lund LarsenAssistant lighting technician
George MbuguaBest boy: Kenya
Editing
Morten EgholmEditing
Daniel BredgaardAssistant editor
Carla Luffe HeintzelmannAssistant editor
Peter SchultzAdditional editing
Music
Pernille Bech ChristensenMusical consultant
Production design
Peter GrantProduction design
Mathias HolmgreenProperty master
Lene EjlersenSet decorator
Jakob Drost HolmSet dresser
Christian OttesenSet dresser
Naia BarrenecheaArt director: Kenya
Joannah StutchburySet dresser: Kenya
Chelagat LeborProperty assistant: Kenya
Wardrobe
Louize NissenWardrobe
Manon RasmussenWardrobe
Sophie OprisanuCostumes: Kenya
Sarah OwinyCostume coordinator: Kenya
Stephanie NossimCostume assistant: Kenya
Joseph Kalui MwangangiCostume assistant: Kenya
Abdulram MohammedCostume assistant: Kenya
Makeup
Daniel ParkerMakeup artist
Rikke AdamsenMakeup artist
Gillianne ObasoMakeup artist: Kenya
Maureen WanjikuMakeup assistant: Kenya
Lillyan OyugiMakeup assistant: Kenya
Sound
Eddie SimonsenSound engineer
John NielsenB-sound designer
Kasper Munck-HansenB-sound designer
Anne JensenSound engineer
Lars RasmussenAssistant sound editor
Torben GreveFoley artist
Pernille Bech ChristensenAmbience artist
Archie May MalowaSound assistant: Kenya
Special effects
Hummer HøjmarkSpecial effects
Christian KitterSFX technician
Carl-Oscar HøimarkSFX technician
Mark HedegaardSFX technician
Søren Skov HaraldstedSFX technician
Kim AsmussenSFX assistant
Lothar FriisSafety coordinator
Visual effects
Peter HjorthDigital colorist
Karin Pihl MadsenGraphic design
Lars DelaVFX supervisor
Lars "Lalo" WernerVisual effects
Erik ErikssonGrading
Erik ErikssonVFX assistant
Ejvind BordingColor timing
Charlotte SommerVFX coordinator
Stunt
Dennis AlbrechtsenStunt coordinator
Anwar MushinStunt driver: Kenya
Asad AnwarStunt driver: Kenya
Appearance
Trine DyrholmMarianne
Markus RygaardElias, Anton og Mariannes søn
William Jøhnk NielsenChristian, Claus' søn
Elsebeth SteentoftSigne, Claus' mor
Martin BuchNiels, lærer på skolen
Anette StøvelbækHanne, lærer på skolen
Emily MglayaSygeplejerske
June WaweruPatient
Kim BodniaLars, mekaniker og far
Emil Nicolai HelmsLars' søn
Lars KaalundLars' makker
Jesper LohmannPolitibetjent
Paw HenriksenPolititbetjent
Birthe NeumannMariannes kollega
Preben HarrisPatient på hospitalet
Lars BomKriminalassistent
Tina Gylling MortensenSocialrådgiver
Mary Nduku MbaiAppearance
Dynah BereketAppearance
Camilla GottliebAppearance
Simon Magaard HolmAppearance
Toke Lars BjarkeAppearance
Lucas O. NymanAppearance
Godfrey OjiamboAppearance
Evans MuthiniAppearance
Ondiege MatthewAppearance
Nancy AkothAppearance
Alberte BlichfeldtAppearance
Peter FlyvholmAppearance
Susanne JuhaszAppearance
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Honorary Award:
Susanne Bier
2016 Göteborg International Film Festival 2016
Nomination: Most Valuable Movie of the Year:
Susanne Bier
2011 Berlin, Cinema for Peace 2011
Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film:
Susanne Bier
2011 Oscar Awards Foreign Language Film 2011
Best Actor:
Markus Rygaard
William Jøhnk Nielsen
2011 Arctic Film Festival "Polar Lights" in Murmansk 2011
Robert, Best Female Leading Actor:
Trine Dyrholm
2011 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2011
Bodil, Best Actress:
Trine Dyrholm
2011 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2011
Best European Director:
Susanne Bier
2011 Berlin European Film Academy Awards 2011
Marc'Aurelio Grand Jury Award:
Susanne Bier
2010 Rome International Film Festival 2010
Marc’Aurelio Audience Award for Best Film:
Susanne Bier
2010 Rome International Film Festival 2010
Best Director:
Susanne Bier
2010 Sevilla Festival de Cine 2010
Best Director:
Susanne Bier
2010 Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 2010
Best Male Actor:
Mikael Persbrandt
2010 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2010
Best Foreign Language Film 2010 Golden Globes 2010
Creative Excellence Award:
Susanne Bier
2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010
Best Screenplay:
Anders Thomas Jensen
2010 Sevilla Festival de Cine 2010
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Yerevan, Golden apricot Int. FF 10-07-2016
Göteborg International Film Festival 29-01-2016
Bangalore, Bengaluru Int. Film Festival 20-12-2012
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 20-11-2012
Singapore EU-Film Festival 10-05-2012
Dushanbe, European Week 30-10-2011
Riga Baltic Pearl 15-09-2011
Sarajevo Film Festival 22-07-2011
FilmFyn A/S 22-06-2011
Shanghai International Film Festival 11-06-2011
Transilvania International Film Festival 03-06-2011
Arctic Film Festival "Polar Lights" in Murmansk 24-05-2011
Libertas Film Festival Dubrovnik 11-04-2011
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 02-04-2011
Birds Eye View Film Festival 08-03-2011
Sofia International Film Festival 04-03-2011
Miami International Film festival 04-03-2011
Oscar Awards Foreign Language Film 27-02-2011
Belgrade International Film Festival 25-02-2011
Glasgow Film Festival 17-02-2011
Berlin, Cinema for Peace 14-02-2011
Perth International Arts Festival 11-02-2011
Sundance Film Festival 20-01-2011
Golden Globes 14-12-2010
Kerala International Film Festival 10-12-2010
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 03-12-2010
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 22-11-2010
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 19-11-2010
Sevilla Festival de Cine 05-11-2010
Rome International Film Festival 28-10-2010
Abu Dhabi Middle East International FF 14-10-2010
Los Angeles, Oscar Nomination Screening 01-10-2010
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2010
Toronto International Film Festival 09-09-2010
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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.

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