The Visit / The Visit: An Alien Encounter

Michael Madsen (DK, 2015)

Besøget // The Visit: An Alien Encounter (Michael Madsen, DK/FI, 2015)

"This film documents an event that has never taken place - man's first encounter with intelligent life from space", but ever since the invention of radio, humans have been sending signals into space, announcing their existence to other civilizations. With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, the film explores a first contact scenario, beginning with the simplest of questions: Why are you here? How do you think? What do you see in humans that we don't see in ourselves? A journey beyond a terrestrial perspective, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms, but also its own self image.

CategoryDK/Documentary

Basic information

Danish titleBesøget
DirectorMichael Madsen
Director of PhotographyHeikki Färm
ComposerKarsten Fundal
Danish theatrical release02.09.2015
Production countryDenmark/Finland
Duration85 min.
Production companyMagic Hour Films
With support fromDet Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Magic Hour Films, DOXBIO
International saleAutlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / Austria / t +43 720 34 69 34 / welcome@autlookfilms.com / autlookfilms.com
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Additional information

Danish ratingNot recommended for children under 7

Full credits

Direction
Michael MadsenDirection
Production
Cecilia ValstedProduction
Cinematography
Heikki FärmCinematographer
Editing
Music
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Science Award 2015 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Amsterdam, IDFA 18-11-2015
CPH:DOX 06-11-2015
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 04-11-2015
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 09-10-2015
Paris L'etranger Festival L'Étrange Festival, Paris 03-09-2015
Perth Revelation Film Festival 02-07-2015
München International Film Festival 25-06-2015
Moscow Int. Film Festival 19-06-2015
Sheffield Doc/Fest 05-06-2015
Transilvania International Film Festival 29-05-2015
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2015
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-05-2015
Leuven, Docville 01-05-2015
Tehran Fajr International Film Festival 25-04-2015
Linz, Crossing Europe Film Festival 23-04-2015
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 23-04-2015
Nyon, Visions du Réel 17-04-2015
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 10-04-2015
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 09-04-2015
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 04-04-2015
Cleveland International Film Festival 18-03-2015
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 13-03-2015
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 05-03-2015
Mexico, Ambulante Gira Documentales 01-02-2015
Sundance Film Festival 22-01-2015
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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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The Visit. Portrait of Director Michael Madsen. Photo by Søren Solkær Starbird Photo: Portrait of Director Michael Madsen. Photo by Søren Solkær Starbird
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The Visit. Portrait of Producer Lise Lense Møller. Photo by Anders Espersen Photo: Portrait of Producer Lise Lense Møller. Photo by Anders Espersen
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The Visit. Priority Still. Photo by Heikki Färm Photo: The Visit. Priority Still. Photo by Heikki Färm
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The Visit. Still 02. Photo by Heikki Färm Photo: The Visit. Still 02. Photo by Heikki Färm
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DFI News and articles

Danish films at IDFA (18. november 2015)
Danish docs headed for IDFA (09. oktober 2015)
Rosita to Moscow (02. juni 2015)
Five Danish films to SXSW (04. marts 2015)
From Outer Space to Sundance (04. december 2014)

Reviews and articles

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Lindberg, 22 December 2015)

Artikel (Information - Monggaard, 22 December 2015)

Anmeldelse (Ekstra Bladet - Queitsch, 2 September 2015)

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