The Fighter

Daniel Espinosa, Denmark, 2003

37 min.DK/Short fictionFilm school films

The 24-year-old boxer, Nick, wants to get away from the grey suburbs where he shares a flat with his childhood friend, Palle. The opportunity arises when Nick gets the chance to box his way to a professional contract in Hamburg. But while he is training for the big fight, he discovers that Palle has serious problems: he owes money to the local gangsters. They threaten his life, because he cannot pay them back. With his eager trainer on one side and a desperate Palle on the other, Nick is forced to choose between his best friend and the dream to get out.
Basic information Credits
Original title Bokseren
Danish title Bokseren
Other titles Afgangsfilm 2003
Director Daniel Espinosa
Screenplay Tommy Bredsted, Daniel Espinosa, Johan Melin
Producer David C.H. Østerbøg
Director of Photography Camilla Hjelm Knudsen
Editor Theis Schmidt
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Nikolaj Egelund, Jon Ekstrand
Production designer Gitte Bundgaard-Malling
Appearance Paw Henriksen, David Dencik, Erik Clausen, Lykke Sand Michelsen
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filmskole
Technical info 35 mm, 1,85:1 - Widescreen, color
Danish theatrical release 14.06.2003
Cinemas Dagmar samt i BioCity (Odense) d. 23. juni, Palads (Århus) d. 24. juni, BioCity (Esbjerg) d. 26. juni og BioCity (Herning) d. 30. juni
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Den Danske Filmskole
Domestic distribution Danske Filmskole


Direction Daniel Espinosa
Assistant director Martin Zandvliet
Continuity Nynne Munkholm
Extras coordinator Hans Zeuthen


Script Tommy Bredsted
Script Daniel Espinosa
Script Johan Melin
Script consultant Maj Bovin
Script consultant Lars Andreas Petersen
Script consultant Kim Leona


Producer David C.H. Østerbøg
Production coordinator Malene Moll Petersen
Unit manager Doxy Helledie
Location manager Kenneth Asmus Andersen
Production assistant Rasmus Falck Larsen
Production assistant Jette Bitten Glibstrup
Production consultant Marianne Christensen


Cinematography Camilla Hjelm Knudsen
2nd cinematographer Kasper Tuxen
2nd cinematographer Jan Pallesen
2nd cinematographer Sebastian Winterø
First assistant camera Sebastian Winterø
First assistant camera Søren Berthelin
2nd focus puller Linda Laage S. Olsen
Steadicam operator Flemming Laybourn
Steadicam operator Edvard Friis-Møller
Clapper/loader Frederik Hjelm Knudsen
Key grip: 2. unit Henry E. Williams
Cinematographic supervisor Anthony Dod Mantle


Stills Anders Thormann
Stills Anders Graver

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Thomas Neivelt
Best boy Jan Pallesen
Best boy Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Assistant lighting technician Søren Sielemann
Assistant lighting technician Anders Anders
Assistant lighting technician Martin Jekvan Nielsen


Editing Theis Schmidt
Editing supervisor Janus Billeskov Jansen


Music Nikolaj Egelund
Music Jon Ekstrand

Production design

Production designer Gitte Bundgaard-Malling
Set dresser Mathilde Hvid Lippmann
Assistant set dresser Mathias Hovgaard


Wardrobe Katrin Barrie Larsen
Costume assistant Margrethe Odgaard
Costume assistant Tanja Loch
Costume assistant Helene Branderup
Costume assistant Lise Kalland


Makeup Pernille Ituri Højland
SFX makeup Lauge Voigt
Makeup assistant Christa Jørgensen
Makeup assistant Susie Jeppesen


Sound engineer Rasmus Winther Jensen
Sound assistant Matias la Cour
B-sound designer: post-production Peter Albrechtsen
Sound assistant: post-production Simon Frier
Sound assistant: post-production Allan Holmberg
Foley artist Helge Haahr
Sound consultant Hans-Erik Philip
Sound consultant Niels Arild
Sound consultant Michael Dela


Stunt coordinator Dennis Albrechtsen
Stunt coordinator Stig Günther


Nick Paw Henriksen
Palle David Dencik
Træneren Erik Clausen
Isabelle Lykke Sand Michelsen
Martin Nicolas Bro
Johnny Carsten Bjørnlund
Frank Pallesen Morten Scharff
Kampdommer Claus Jensen
Johnnys kæreste Signe Skov-Nielsen
Trænerassistent Rasmus Berg
Boksekonferencier Mogens Nymann

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