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Backstabbing for Beginners

Per Fly, Denmark, 2018

108 min.ThrillerDK/Feature

When young and idealistic Michael lands his dream job at the United Nations, he quickly finds himself at the centre of the Oil for Food programme. He learns the ropes from Pasha, a seasoned diplomat with a considerable ego. After a UN official is killed in Iraq, Pasha needs a fresh face to present a report on the success of Oil for Food to the UN Security Council. Michael is the perfect candidate. When Michael discovers that the programme is deeply corrupt, he also realises that he has been instrumental in supporting the bribes paid to Saddam Hussein. The only way out is to expose it all, risking his own life, his mentor’s career and the life of the woman he loves.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Dobbeltspil
Other titles Backstabbing for Beginners
Director Per Fly
Screenplay Daniel Pyne, Per Fly
Producer Lars Knudsen, Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen, Malene Blenkov, Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy
Director of Photography Brendan Stacey
Production designer Niels Sejer
Casting Rie Hedegaard, Jason Knight, John Buchan
Appearances Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Belcim Bilgin, Jacqueline Bisset
Production country Denmark,Canada,United States
Subtitles Yes
Production companies Creative Alliance A.M.B.A
Domestic distribution SF Studios
Danish theatrical release 18.01.2018
Cinemas København:
Imperial NFB;
Palads NFB;
CinemaxX;
Dagmar NFB;
Grand;
Empire;
Falkoner NFB;
Fields NFB;
Park Bio;
Øvrig Sjælland:
Albertslund Biograferne;
Bagsværd(Gladsaxe) Bibliografen;
Ballerup Baltoppen Bio 1-2;
Dragør Biograf;
Fakse, Kanten;
Frederikssund NFB;
Gentofte;
Gilleleje Bio;
Greve NFB, Waves;
Helsingør;
Herlev, Big Bio;
Hillerød NFB;
Holbæk;
Holte, Reprise Teatret;
Hørsholm, Trommen;
Ishøj Bio;
Kalundborg;
Kastrup Bio;
Korsør Bio 1 & 2;
Køge NFB;
Lyngby NFB;
Nykøbing F. NFB;
Næstved NFB;
Næstved, Bio;
Ringsted;
Roskilde;
Rødby, Lalandia;
Rødovre, Atlas;
Slagelse;
Sorø, Victoria Teatret;
Tåstrup NFB;
Valby Kino;
Vordingborg;
Værløse Bio;
Jylland:
Esbjerg NFB;
Fredericia;
Frederikshavn;
Grenå;
Haderslev;
Herning NFB;
Hjørring;
Hobro, Filmteatret;
Holstebro;
Hornslet, Kom-bi;
Horsens;
Ikast Bio;
Klovborg;
Kolding NFB;
Lemvig, BIO-huset;
Malling Bio;
Nykøbing Mors, Bio Mors;
Randers NFB;
Rødding Bio;
Silkeborg;
Skive;
Struer;
Sønderborg;
Thisted;
Tønder;
Varde;
Vejle;
Viborg;
Aabenraa;
Aalborg NFB;
Aalborg NFB, (City Syd);
Aarhus NFB;
Aarhus NFB Trøjborg (Metropol);
Aarhus, CinemaxX;
Aarhus, Øst For Paradis;
Aars Teaterbio;
Fyn:
Middelfart;
Nyborg Kino Vino;
Odense NFB;
Odense, CinemaxX;
Rønne;
Svendborg;
Øvrig:
Torshavn;
Comment Screened in Haugesund and Lübeck. The film is a political thriller based on Danish-American whistleblower Michael Soussan’s acclaimed memoir about the UN Oil for Food scandal. Experienced director Per Fly (Waltz for Monica, 2013) is behind this inaugural project from the Nordic co-op Creative Alliance.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15

Companies

Production companies Creative Alliance A.M.B.A
Co-producer Scythia Films, Eyeworks Sweden
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Svenska Filminstitutet, Ontario Media Development Corporation
In colaboration with DR, SVT, Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Domestic distribution SF Studios

Direction

Direction Per Fly
1st assistant director Beau Ferris
2nd assistant director Lawrence NG
3rd assistant director Ves Møller Rasmussen
3rd assistant director Stephen Bradeen
4th assistant director Bianca Marini
Casting Rie Hedegaard
Casting Jason Knight
Casting John Buchan
Casting: extras Roisin McGilly
Continuity Katharine Reid

Script

Screenplay Daniel Pyne
Screenplay Per Fly

Production

Producer Lars Knudsen
Producer Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen
Producer Malene Blenkov
Producer Daniel Bekerman
Producer Jay Van Hoy
Co-producer Patrick Ryborn
Co-producer Joel Burch
Line producer Aaron Barnett
Line producer Kristina Kornum
Production coordinator Søren Frimodt-Møller
Unit manager Effy Papadopoulos
Production coordinator Anne Marley
Line producer (Morroco) Karim Debragh
Executive producer (Morroco) Michael Dreher
Production manager (Morroco) Majid Aoulad Abdellah
Production assistant Caroline Steenberg Dam
Production assistant Ksenia Stassiouk
Production assistant Gökce Erdem

Cinematography

Cinematographer Brendan Stacey
Camera assistant Andreas Krohn
Camera assistant Brent J. Craig
2nd assistant camera Nigel Doucette
DIT Morning Glory
2nd assistant camera Gustav Meiling
Gaffer Aslak Lytthans
Key grip Magnus Ohmsen

Stills

Still photographer Jasper Savage

Electrical dept.

Assistant lighting technician Tue Bengtsson

Editing

Editor Susan Shipton
Editor Morten Giese
Editor Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editing supervisor Phil Stilman
Editing supervisor Charlotte Buch

Music

Composer Todor Kobakov

Production design

Production design Niels Sejer
Art director: Canada Bob Sher
Art director Monica Sallustio
Art director Søren Schwarzberg
Set supervisor Paul Breckenridge
Set dresser Mathias Holmgren Hassing
Set dresser David Snip
Property assistant Tyler Unrau
Set decorator Mary Kirkland
Construction coordinator Anders Engelbrecht

Wardrobe

Costume on set Manon Rasmussen
Costume designer Ruth Secord
Costume assistant Diana Irwin

Makeup

Chief makeup artist Catherine Viot
Hair stylist Jessica Shannon
Hair and makeup artist Dennis Knudsen

Sound

Sound design Hans Møller
Sound engineer Jonas Langkilde
Mixer Eric Fitz
Boom operator David Horton
Boom operator Lars Robin Gerrild
Boom operator Sune Kaarsberg

Visual effects

VFX supervisor Haig Petrus
VFX supervisor Alexander Schepelern
Compositing Larissa Lay
Art Director Scott Caple

Appearance

Michael Theo James
Pasha Ben Kingsley
Nashim Belcim Bilgin
Dupre Jacqueline Bisset
Hassan Peshang Rad
Ruth Daniela Lavender
Lily Rachel Wilson
Trevor Rossif Sutherland
Resnetsov Brian Markinson
Cutter Aidan Devine

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Göteborg International Film Festival 2018-01-26
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2017-11-01
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 2017-08-19
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Reviews and articles

On the library you can find these articles and revies and other material about the film.
Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Information Monggaard, Christian 2018-01-19
Anmeldelse BT Lind, Michael 2018-01-18
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Lindberg, Kristian 2018-01-18
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Vandrup, Frederik Asschenfeldt 2018-01-18
Anmeldelse Politiken Skotte Christensen, Kim 2018-01-18
Interview Berlingske Tidende Sauntved, Louise Kidde 2018-01-16