Phie Ambo, Denmark, 2019

74 min.DK/Documentary

47 children are given free rein on an abandoned construction site in Copenhagen, where nature has long since taken over. Here, they will go to school for ten weeks and discover what nature has to teach them. The film is told through scenes with the children, but also with nature’s voice as a continuous narrator: "For what does it mean to learn something? How do you know what you’ve learned from feeling my wind in your hair or my rain on your cheeks? How can you measure what you sensed in your belly as you sat in the top of my tallest chestnut tree? Where does it settle in you?"
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Genopdagelsen
Danish title Genopdagelsen
Other titles Rediscovery
Director Phie Ambo
Producer Malene Flindt Pedersen
Director of Photography Phie Ambo, Maggie Olkuska
Editor Theis Schmidt
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Johan Carøe
Production country Denmark
Production companies Hansen & Pedersen Film og Fjernsyn, Viola-Lucia Film
International sales LevelK / Gammel Kongevej 137 B, 3. sal / 1850 Frederiksberg C / c +45 2010 8580 / tine.klint@levelk.dk / www.levelk.dk
Comment The documentary made its world premiere at CPH:DOX. Phie Ambo is renowned for such titles as ’Family’ (2001) and ’Good Things Await’ (2014), as well as the trilogy ’Mechanical Love’ (2007), ’Free the Mind’ (2012) and ’When You Look Away’ (2017) about science and human existence.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte


Production companies Hansen & Pedersen Film og Fjernsyn, Viola-Lucia Film
In collaboration with Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Phie Ambo


Producer Malene Flindt Pedersen


Cinematographer Phie Ambo
Cinematographer Maggie Olkuska


Editor Theis Schmidt


Composer Johan Carøe


Sound engineer Rasmus Winther Jensen

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Arri Amira Award 2019 München Documentary Festival 2019

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
München Documentary Festival 2019-05-08
CPH:DOX 2019-03-20
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Reviews and articles

On the library you can find these articles and revies and other material about the film.
Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Politiken Hygum Sørensen, Dorte 2019-03-24
Interview Information Elmelund, Rasmus 2019-03-23
Interview Politiken Varning Bendtsen, Johan 2019-03-21