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Breaking the Waves

Lars von Trier, Denmark, 1996

158 min.DK/Feature

In a small patriarchal community on Scotland's rugged Atlantic coast Bess is considered a good but simple-minded girl, who should not really marry Jan, her foreign oil-rig machinist friend. When Jan is physically disabled in an accident, she succumbs
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Breaking the Waves
Danish title Breaking the Waves
Director Lars von Trier
Screenplay Lars von Trier, Peter Asmussen, David Pirie
Producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Vibeke Windeløv
Director of Photography Per Heegaard, Robby Müller, Jan Weincke
Editor Anders Refn
Sound Per Streit
Composer Joachim Holbek
Production designer Karl Juliusson
Casting Joyce Nettles
Appearances Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr
Production country Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany
Dialogue language English,Irish
Production companies Zentropa Entertainments
Domestic distribution Zentropa Entertainments
International sales Saredi / Seilergraben 55 / 8001 Zürich
Technical info 4300 meter, 35 mm, 2,35:1 Scope, Kodak, Dolby, SRD
Danish theatrical release 05.07.1996
Cinemas Dagmar, Scala, Grand, Gladsaxe Bio, Værløse Bio, BioCity (Tåstrup) samt 10 biografer i provinsen
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 12

Companies

Production companies Zentropa Entertainments
Domestic distribution Zentropa Entertainments

Direction

Direction Lars von Trier
1st assistant director Morten Arnfred
Director: 2. unit Kristoffer Nyholm
Casting Joyce Nettles
Casting: Denmark Rie Hedegaard
Casting: extras, Scotland Anne Campbell
Casting: additional Ruth Tarko
Continuity Tómas Gislason
Continuity Linda Daae
Dialogue director Elspeth Macnaughton
Dialogue coach Elspeth Macnaughton

Script

Screenplay Lars von Trier
Screenplay Peter Asmussen
Screenplay David Pirie
Script consultant Kirsten Bonnén Rask
Script consultant Tómas Gislason
Script: translation Jonathan Sydenham
Script supervisor Tómas Gislason
Script supervisor Kirsten Bonnén Rask

Production

Producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Producer Vibeke Windeløv
Co-producer Axel Helgeland
Co-producer Rob Langestraat
Co-producer Marianne Slot
Co-producer Peter van Vogelpoel
Executive producer Lars Jönsson
Production supervisor: post-production Tove Jystrup
Production manager Leif Mohlin
Production manager Lene Nielsen
Production assistant: post-production Tine Grew Pfeiffer
P.A. to Mr. Jönsson Anna Anthony
P.A. to Joyce Nettles Louise Cross
P.A. to Ray Williams Peter Raeburn
Production assistant Casper Holm
Production assistant Nanna Mailand-Hansen
Production consultant: Scotland Christine Maclean
Location manager Morten Kleener
Location manager: Scotland Janet Riddoch
Location scout: Scotland Anthony Dod Mantle
Location scout: Scotland Peter Ovig Knudson

Cinematography

Cinematographer Per Heegaard
Cinematographer Robby Müller
Camera assistant Thomas Holm
Video assistant Steve Holtson
Video assistant Fredrik Kihl
Video assistant Morten Ziersen
Cinematographer: 2. unit Eric Kress
Camera operator Jean-Paul Meurisse
Camera assistant Per Fredrik Skiöld
First assistant camera: 2. unit Mads Thomsen
First assistant camera Birger Bohm
Cinematographer Jan Weincke

Stills

Still photographer Rolf Konow

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Leif Barney Fick
Gaffer Christopher Porter
Best boy Søren Johannes Meyer

Editing

Editor Anders Refn
Assistant editor Anders Johannes Bukh
Negative cutting Marianne Jerris

Music

Composer Joachim Holbek

Production design

Production designer Karl Juliusson
Set dresser Peter Grant
Assistant set dresser Jonas Alexander Arnby
Assistant set dresser Rasmus With
Set dresser Simone Grau Roney
Additional props: Scotland John Mark Knight

Wardrobe

Costume designer Manon Rasmussen
Seamstress Nini Mandal
Seamstress Nini Mandal

Makeup

Makeup artist Sanne Gravfort
Makeup artist Jennifer Jorfald
SFX makeup Morten Jacobsen
Makeup assistant Dorota Horonska

Sound

Sound designer Per Streit
Supervising sound editor Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Recording engineer: 2. unit Klas Baggström
Recording engineer: "Siciliana" Lars A. Christensen
Dialogue editor Hans Møller
Foley artist Julien Naudin
Sound effect editor Peter Schultz
Boom operator Ad Stoop

Special effects

SFX Lars Kolding Andersen

Visual effects

Graphic design Morten Constantineanu Bak
Title design Henrik Jongdahl
Title sequence Henrik Jongdahl
Color timing Olivier Fontenay
Color timing Patrick Dreyfus

Stunt

Stunt coordinator Terry Forestal

Other credits

Expert: folk dance Else Hartzberg
Expert: churches Christina Mackay
Medical consultant Grethe Wejlgaard

Appearance

Bess Emily Watson
Jan Stellan Skarsgård
Dodo Katrin Cartlidge
Terry Jean-Marc Barr
Manden på trawleren Udo Kier
Dr. Richardson Adrian Rawlins
Præsten Jonathan Hackett
Moderen Sandra Voe
William Phil McCall
Pits Mikkel Gaup
Pim Roef Ragas
Sybilla Sarah Gudgon
Ordføreren Robert Robertson
Den ældste Desmond Reilly
Bedende mand 1 Iain Agnew
Bedende mand 2 Charles Kearney
Bedende mand 3 Steven Leach
Bedende mand 4 Ronald Simon
Ung sømand David Bateson
Mand, motorbåden Bob Docherty
Mand, fyret Owen Kavanagh
Mand, bussen Ray Jefferies
Radiooperatør Callum Cuthbertson
Dommer Finlay Welsh
Politibetjent Gavin Mitchell
Doktor, Glasgow David Gallacher
Sygeplejerske Dorte Rømer
Dreng 1 Anthony O'Donnel
Dreng 2 John Wark

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Best European Film in 25 Years 1998 Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 1998
Guldbagge, Bedste Udenlandske Film 1997 Göteborg International Film Festival 1997
Camerimage, Audience Prize 1996 Torun, Camerimage 1996
Gazeta Pomorska Award 1996 Torun, Camerimage 1996
Critic's Jury Distinctive Prize 1996 Torun, Camerimage 1996
Film School Students' Prize 1996 Torun, Camerimage 1996
FIPRESCI Award / Northern Lights Section 1996 Stockholm International Film Festival 1996
Eucemenical Award 1996 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1996
Baltic Film Prize 1996 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1996
Outstanding Film 1996 Busan International Film Festival 1996
Best Film 1996 Sarajevo Film Festival 1996
Metro Media Award, 2nd Place 1996 Toronto International Film Festival 1996
Amanda 1996 Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1996
Herald Angel Prize, Best Female Actor 1996 Edinburgh International Film Festival 1996
Watson, Critic's Prize 1996 Edinburgh International Film Festival 1996
Grand Prix 1996 Cannes, Festival de 1996

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2017-06-22
Chicago International Film Festival 2014-10-09
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 2013-05-27
Göteborg International Film Festival 2012-01-27
Toronto International Film Festival 2011-11-09
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2010-12-11
Toronto International Film Festival 2010-11-08
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2007-09-20
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2004-11-11
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 2003-10-09
Guadalajara Film Festival 2000-03-10
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998-11-05
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 1998-03-13
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1997-11-06
Torun, Camerimage 1996-11-30
Stockholm International Film Festival 1996-11-10
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1996-11-07
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 1996-10-18
Valladolid International Film Festival 1996-10-18
Haifa International Film Festival 1996-09-28
New York Film Festival 1996-09-27
Busan International Film Festival 1996-09-18
Sarajevo Film Festival 1996-09-10
Toronto International Film Festival 1996-09-05
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1996-08-16
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1996-08-11
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1996-07-05
Cannes, Festival de 1996-05-09
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