The bench

Per Fly, Denmark, 2000

93 min.DK/Feature

Kaj is a stubborn man with a great deal of pride. The former chef lives in a council flat. He has wasted his life and is now on a council job training scheme for the long-term unemployed, where he refuses to let the foreman of the activation project boss him about. When Kaj's daughter, with whom he has not been in touch for nineteen years, moves into the same council estate on the run from her violent husband, a change comes over Kaj. His initial instinct is to avoid her, but by chance he ends up helping to look after Jonas, her six-year-old son. For the first time for years Kaj need not survive on his own devices. Now he has responsibilities and a family of his own.
Basic information Credits Music Materials
Original title Bænken
Danish title Bænken
Director Per Fly
Screenplay Per Fly, Kim Leona
Producer Ib Tardini
Director of Photography Jørgen Johansson
Editor Morten Giese
Composer Halfdan E
Production designer Søren Gam
Casting Rie Hedegaard, Jette Termann
Appearance Jesper Christensen, Marius Sonne Janischefska, Stine Holm Joensen, Nicolaj Kopernikus
Production country Denmark, Sweden
Domestic distribution United International Pictures
International sales TrustNordisk
Technical info 35 mm, Widescreen, color, Dolby SR
Danish theatrical release 27.10.2000
Cinemas Dagmar, Helsingør, Svendborg, Kolding, Palads (Århus), Grand, Astoria (Aalborg), Café Biografen (Odense), Gladsaxe Bio, Øst for Paradis (Århus), Gentofte Kino, Albertslund Bio
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Zentropa Entertainments
Domestic distribution United International Pictures


Direction Per Fly
Assistant director Linda Daae
Casting Rie Hedegaard
Casting Jette Termann


Script Per Fly
Script Kim Leona


Producer Ib Tardini
Line producer Jens Arnoldus
Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Production manager Charlotte Kirkeby
Post-producton coordinator Anne Katrine Andersen
Post-production assistant Helle Tang
Consultant Anders Kjærhauge
Consultant Mikael Olsen
Production assistant Sarita Christensen
Production assistant Troels Asmussen


Cinematography Jørgen Johansson
Camera operator Ian N. Tomkins
Video assistant Michael Tøt
Video assistant Pelle Folmer
Video assistant Katja Olsen


Stills Ole Kragh-Jacobsen

Electrical dept.

Best boy Thomas Ditzel
Best boy Thomas Petersen
Lighting supervisor Michael Kreutzmann


Editing Morten Giese
Assistant editor Pelle Folmer
Assistant editor Carsten Søsted
Online editor Torben Ager Andersen


Music Halfdan E

Production design

Production design Søren Gam
Set dresser Tine Hieronymus Nielsen


Wardrobe Louize Nissen
Dresser Anja Clifford Worm


Makeup Charlotte Laustsen


Sound Mick Raaschou
Foley artist Julien Naudin
Foley assistant Christian H. Lund
Sound assistant Henrik Gugge Garnov
Boom operator Kasper Munck-Hansen
Dolby consultant Mark Kenna

Visual effects

Color timing Michael Nielsen
Consultant Tove Jystrup
Colourist Rasmus Worsøe
Title design Søren B. Ebbe


Kaj Jesper Christensen
Jonas Marius Sonne Janischefska
Liv Stine Holm Joensen
Stig Nicolaj Kopernikus
Kim Jens Albinus
Connie Sarah Boberg
Bo Benjamin Boe Rasmussen
Lars Lars Brygmann
Kaptajnen Lars Ranthe
Hr. Nandrup Holger Perfort
Lis Britta Lillesøe
Receptionist Ann Kristine Schmidt
Kims nabo Anette Støvelbæk
Irene Rikke Bendsen
Købmand Ali Kahn
Tarzan Erik Rasmussen
Michael Michael Bengtson
Kim Kim Lerche Nielsen
Indvandrerdreng Yousef Sundoo
Indvandrerdreng Fraz Jamil
Carsten Erik Hovby Jørgensen
Mand Søren Malling

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