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The ballad of the Viking king, Holger the Dane

Laila Hodell, Denmark, 1996

82 min.DK/FeaturePuppet films, Children's films

This puppet animation feature is an adventure that began 1200 years ago: New-born Holger receives his name at the court of Sigfred, king of the Danes, who worship Odin. But to the south Charlemagne, king of Franks, is
gathering the tribes into an impire, Christianising heathens and sending troops out from his capital at Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) in all directions.
Little Holger is taken hostage when the Danes refuse to submit.
The Danes have other planes; the Vikingplan appears at this time. Holger grows up at the Frankish court, and is trained for the knighthood; his quests take him far and wide, including Spain where the primary eneny of
the Franks, the Saracens, still dwell. From Spain his travels take him as far as the Himalayas, only to return to the northern forests once more.

At the end of the film Holger is a grown man who has seen different religions, cultures, affairs of the heart, dreams and the myths that live on inside us.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Balladen om Holger Danske
Danish title Balladen om Holger Danske
Other titles The ballad of the Viking king, Holger the Dane
Director Laila Hodell
Screenplay Laila Hodell
Producer Ole John
Director of Photography Casper Høyberg
Editor Elisabeth Colding
Sound Peter Schultz
Composer Pierre Dørge, Irene Becker
Production designer Mihail Badica, Laila Hodell, Kresten Foerlev, Jeffrey Nedergaard, Ole Paikær
Production country Denmark
Production companies Frejas Børn
Domestic distribution Buena Vista International
International sales Frejas Børn / Lindebjergvej 13 / 4300 Holbæk / t +45 5946 1046 / c +45 4053 1046 / lai@hodell.dk / www.hodell.dk
Technical info 35 mm, 1,66:1 Widescreen, Kodak, Dolby SR
Danish theatrical release 30.08.1996
Cinemas Palads, Bio 5 (Aalborg), BioCity (Tåstrup), Metropol (Odense), Palads 1-5 (Århus)
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7

Companies

Production companies Frejas Børn
Domestic distribution Buena Vista International

Direction

Direction Laila Hodell
Dialogue director Christian Clausen

Script

Script Laila Hodell

Production

Producer Ole John
Production assistant Eva Gjedsted

Cinematography

Cinematography Casper Høyberg

Stills

Stills Casper Høyberg

Editing

Editing Elisabeth Colding

Music

Music Pierre Dørge
Music Irene Becker
Musical arrangement Flemming Osterman
Composer: title song Benny Holst

Production design

Production design Mihail Badica
Production design Laila Hodell
Production designer Kresten Foerlev
Production designer Jeffrey Nedergaard
Production designer Ole Paikær

Wardrobe

Wardrobe Lotte Dandanell
Costume on set Lise Klitten
Costume on set Laila Hodell

Sound

Sound Peter Schultz
B-sound designer Pétur Einarsson
Foley artist Julien Naudin
Sound Ulla Kristensen
Music recording Eddie Simonsen

Special effects

Special effects Casper Høyberg

Voice

Holger som dreng Gustav Nordgreen Jacobsen
Holger som voksen Thomas Mørk
Kong Siegfred/Odin Sam Besekow
Gøtrik/Frei Bertel Torne Olsen
Hemming/Loke Jesper Christensen
Vidukind Chresten Speggers Simonsen
Freja Birgitte Raaberg
Shamankvinde Vigga Bro
Karl d. Store Claus Bue
Karl-Ot som dreng Rasmus de Neergård
Karl-Ot som voksen Søren Sætter-Lassen
Dianna som barn Sofie Tønsberg
Dianna som voksen Louise Herbert
Roland Jens Arentzen
Holger som baby Thor Gjedsted
Ganelon Stig Hoffmeyer
Kaliffen/fortæller John Hahn-Petersen
Burnemand Ole Fick
Gloriant Luise Hodell
Turpin Svend Johansen
Dreng Johannes Hwiid Lopdrup
Dværg, viking, munk, kriger Kjeld Nørgaard
Dværg, viking, munk, kriger Jørgen Teytaud
Dværg, viking, munk, kriger Michael Wikke
Dværg, viking, munk, kriger Steen Rasmussen
Gloriants bror Julian Kyhl
Willi Eddie Klint

Animation

Animation Carl Quist Møller
Background designer Olga Marie Bastian Jacobsen
Animation Mihail Badica

Other credits

Horse caretaker Mihail Badica

Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

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