Sepideh - Reaching for The Stars / Sepideh

Berit Madsen (DK, 2013)

Sepideh - Drømmen om stjernerne // Sepideh (Berit Madsen, DK, 2013)
Artwork: Paul Wilson

Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the Universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream. She takes up the fight and teams up with the world's first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.


Basic information

Danish titleSepideh - Drømmen om stjernerne
DirectorBerit Madsen
ScreenplayBerit Madsen
Director of PhotographyMohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Danish theatrical release02.10.2013
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageFarsi
Duration90 min.
Production companyRadiator Film ApS
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International saleLevelK / Gammel Kongevej 137 / Over gården, 3. / DK-1850 Frederiksberg C / t +45 4844 3072 / /
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Additional information

Danish ratingAllowed for all

Full credits

Berit MadsenDirection
Mona RafatzadehAssistant director
Berit MadsenScreenplay
Michael ChristoffersenScript consultant
Mona RafatzadehTranslation
Pouria NazemiTranslation
Misha ZandTranslation
Golnaz HekmatTranslation
Sepidé HeidaripourTranslation
Fatemeh SobhmorarahTranslation
Morteza AhmadiTranslation
Farid TelefoniTranslation
Stefan FrostProducer
Katayoon ShahabiCo-producer: Iran
Antje BoehmertCo-producer: Germany
Christian PoppCo-producer: Germany
Lars B. LøgeCo-producer: Norway
Jonas KellagherCo-producer: Sweden
Sally Jo FiferExecutive producer
Carsten HolstExecutive producer
Steen RisomExecutive producer
Morteza AhmadiConsultant on Iran
Toke Rude TrangbækPost-producton coordinator
Shahnam Shahbaz ZadehProduction manager
Mehdi Bostan ParvarProduction manager
Hussein BagherzadehProduction manager
Mia KronborgProduction assistant
Jane Houlind UlsøeProduction assistant
Mohammad Reza JahanpanahDirector of Photography
Lars SkreeVisual consultant
Babak TafreshiCinematographer: Night shooting
Oshin D. ZakarianCinematographer: Night shooting
Mona RafatzadehAdditional photography
Berit MadsenAdditional photography
Mohammad Reza JahanpanahStill photographer
Babak TafreshiStill photographer
Jes BlondStill photographer
Kim SøgaardEditor: TV version
Joe BiniEditing supervisor
Rasmus Stensgaard MadsenEditing supervisor
Niels Pagh AndersenEditing supervisor
Pernille Bech ChristensenEditing supervisor
Kim SøgaardTrailer editor
Fanni Liv EngelbrechtAssistant editor
Tino ZidoreOnline
Niklas SchakComposer
Tin SoheiliComposer
Yngve Leidulv SætreSound design
Hassan ShabankarehSound engineer
Visual effects
Daði JónssonColorist
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Nominated: Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary 2014 Göteborg International Film Festival 2014
Maysles Brothers Award 2014 Belfast Film Festival 2014

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Addis International Film Festival 12-06-2015
Torun, Camerimage 15-11-2014
Bergen International Film festival 24-09-2014
Message to Man 20-09-2014
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 19-09-2014
Taipei CNEX Documentary Film Festival 01-09-2014
Seoul International Youth Film Festival 21-08-2014
Melbourne Film Festival 31-07-2014
Durban International Film Festival 17-07-2014
Malmö Folkets Bio 19-06-2014
Sheffield Doc/Fest 07-06-2014
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2014
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 08-05-2014
Trondheim Kosmorama International Film Festival 28-04-2014
Sarasota Film Festival 04-04-2014
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 04-04-2014
Belfast Film Festival 27-03-2014
Oslo EuroDoc Film Festival 19-03-2014
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 18-03-2014
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 04-03-2014
Tehran Fajr International Film Festival 01-02-2014
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 28-01-2014
Göteborg International Film Festival 24-01-2014
Sundance Film Festival 16-01-2014
Amsterdam, IDFA 20-11-2013
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Registration of festival participation and awards

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DFI News and articles

Reaching for the Stars (17. februar 2014)
Sepideh travels to Sundance (05. december 2013)
Danish Docs to IDFA (11. oktober 2013)

Reviews and articles

Interview (Politiken - Sperling, 10 October 2013)

Interview (Politiken - Sperling, 10 October 2013)

Anmeldelse (Ekstra Bladet - Queitsch, 3 October 2013)

Anmeldelse (Information - Christensen, 3 October 2013)

Artikel (Information - Lentz, 3 October 2013)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Wendt Jensen, 2 October 2013)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Sommer Boysen, 2 October 2013)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 2 October 2013)

Varia (Politiken, 27 September 2013)

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