It Takes A Family

Susanne Kovács, Denmark, 2019

59 min.DK/Documentary

It Takes A Family is a drama about secrets and repressed memories. Director, Susanne Kovacs, is the grandchild of Jewish Holocaust survivors and the daughter of a German mother and a Danish Jewish father. When Susanne is born, in the eyes of her grandparents she is a child of the enemy and a constant reminder of their tragic past. Years later, Susanne starts asking the difficult questions only to discover that the war never really ended in the tormented family; somehow, the horrors of the past have always been present as a deafening yet unspoken trauma.
Basic information Credits
Original title De skygger vi arver
Danish title De skygger vi arver
Keywords Family history, Families, Secrets, The past, Jews, Holocaust
Director Susanne Kovács
Screenplay Susanne Kovács
Producer Ulrik Gutkin
Director of Photography Susanne Kovács, Casper Høyberg
Editor Marion Tuor
Sound Claus Lynge
Composer Povl Kristian
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
Online release 23.01.2020, Filmcentralen,
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company CFC Kort & Dok
Co-production Film i Skåne, Way Creative
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, SVT, Birger Christensens Familiefond, Danske Filminstruktører
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Susanne Kovács


Screenplay Susanne Kovács


Producer Ulrik Gutkin
Co-producer Julia Gebauer
Co-producer Fredrik Myrtell
Co-producer Lisa Nyed
Producer's assistant Marianne Abildgaard


Cinematographer Susanne Kovács
Cinematographer Casper Høyberg


Editor Marion Tuor
Editing supervisor Nanna Frank Møller


Composer Povl Kristian


Sound engineer Claus Lynge

Visual effects

Colourist Michael Cavanagh
VFX Jörgen Persson
VFX artist: pre-production Ville Westermark
Online Sebastian Cronholm

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