The boy who walked backwards

Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 1994

37 min.DK/Short fictionChildren's films

Andreas does not step on the lines when he walks on the pavement. Now and then he knocks his chest when he wants to protect himself. 9-year-old Andreas is carrying something unbearable: When it was his mother's birthday, he and his big brother Mikkel made a joke. Great success. Everybody was happy and Andreas got drunk. The next morning his father would take Mikkel to school on his motor cycle. But a traffic accident kills Mikkel and gives his father a brooding disposition. The family moves into a new house to start afresh. But neither the new house nor the kind, new class and teacher are able to relieve Andreas' great sorrow. He speaks to Mikkel through a home-made walkie-talkie. He gets the obsession that it is only a question of putting the clock back. He observes many rules and makes many tests.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Drengen der gik baglæns
Danish title Drengen der gik baglæns
Other titles Kortfilm til mellemtrinnet 1, Drengen der gik baglæns / Når livet går sin vej / Tro, håb og Batman
Keywords Children, Superstition, Death
Director Thomas Vinterberg
Screenplay Bo hr. Hansen, Thomas Vinterberg
Producer Birgitte Hald
Director of Photography Erik Zappon
Editor Morten Giese
Sound Hans Møller, Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Composer Nikolaj Egelund
Production designer Peter Grant
Appearance Holger Thaarup, Rune Veber, Michelle Bjørn-Andersen, Christian Hjejle
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Technical info color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 19.08.1994
Cinemas Grand
TV release 07.10.1994, DR
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Nimbus Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Thomas Vinterberg


Script Bo hr. Hansen
Script Thomas Vinterberg


Producer Birgitte Hald


Cinematography Erik Zappon


Stills Rolf Konow


Editing Morten Giese


Music Nikolaj Egelund


Production design Peter Grant


Wardrobe Dorte Jacobsen


Makeup Dorte Jacobsen


Sound Hans Møller
Sound Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen


Andreas Holger Thaarup
Mikkel Rune Veber
Moren Michelle Bjørn-Andersen
Faren Christian Hjejle
Læreren Martin Brygmann
Appearance Agnes Obel
Appearance Thomas Christensen
Appearance Steffen Odd Sølvberg
Appearance Birger Bohm

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Special Mention 1994 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1994
Best Short Film 1994 Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 1994
Audience Award 1994 Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 1994
Best Short Film 1994 Odense Internationale Film Festival 1994

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2014-09-19
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2010-12-11
Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 2009-09-25
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2002-08-14
Malmö, BUFF 2002-03-12
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2000-10-10
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2000-04-06
Mumbai Film Festival 2000-02-03
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