The pig

Dorte Warnøe Høgh, Denmark, 2008

23 min.DK/Short fiction

The 78-year-old Asbjørn Hall is admitted to the hospital where he is to undergo a surgery in the rectum. As the doctor discovers signs of cancer, he insists on keeping Asbjørn in the hospital for further examination. Asbjørn feels scared and lonely, but then notices a curious painting on the wall depicting a jumping pig with a Mona Lisa-smile. Asbjørn grows very fond of the pig which he feels is becoming his guardian angel and helping friend in his state of fear and loneliness.
Waking up after the surgery, Asbjørn discovers that the painting is gone and that a Pakistani man called Aslam has been placed in the bed next to Asbjørn¿s. Aslam is a Muslim, and it is his family who has requested that the painting be removed as they find the pig offensive and discriminating to Aslam. Convinced that he needs the pig in order to get well, Asbjørn calls his daughter Mona who is a busy, career minded lawyer. Mona arrives and Asbjørn persuades her to help him have the painting hung back up. An argument evolves between her and Aslam's son who is defending his father.
The CEO of the hospital tries to intervene, but it is not until the doctor arrives and informs Asbjørn that he has not got cancer after all, that the fierce discussion ends. Relieved and content with the doctor's news, Asbjørn no longer feels he needs the pig.
After visiting hours have ended and the ward has fallen quiet, Aslam and Asbjørn start to make conversation. It turns out that Aslam is blind.

Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Grisen
Danish title Grisen
Keywords Hospitals, Pigs, Cultural clashes
Director Dorte Warnøe Høgh
Screenplay Anders Frithiof August, Dorte Warnøe Høgh
Based on Frit efter novelle af Lars Saabye Christensen.
Producer Johanne Stryhn Hørby
Director of Photography Jens Schlosser
Editor Henrik Vincent Thiesen
Sound Martin Saabye Andersen
Composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerre
Production designer Mette Lindberg
Appearance Henning Moritzen, Trine Pallesen, Jesper Asholt, Camilla Søeberg
Production country Denmark
International sales TrustNordisk
Technical info 16 mm, 1,85:1 - Widescreen, color, Dolby
TV release 23.02.2009, DR 2, CPH PIX Film Festival
Danish theatrical release 23.04.2009
Cinemas Empire CPH PIX Film Festival
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company M&M Productions


Direction Dorte Warnøe Høgh
Assistant director Peter Bækkel
Assistant director Mette Kærgaard
Continuity Stine Monty Freddie


Script Anders Frithiof August
Script Dorte Warnøe Høgh


Producer Johanne Stryhn Hørby


Cinematography Jens Schlosser
First assistant camera Jesper Find
Key grip Henry E. Williams
Clapper/loader Andreas Krohn


Stills Jens Juncker-Jensen

Electrical dept.

Electrical dept. Martin Riello
Assistant lighting technician Josef Perez Lopez


Editing Henrik Vincent Thiesen
Assistant editor Nikolaj Rønnow


Music Bent Fabricius-Bjerre

Production design

Production design Mette Lindberg


Wardrobe Disa Persson


Makeup Malene Klitte Jensen


Sound Martin Saabye Andersen
B-sound designer Lars Lund
Foley artist Niels Arnt Torp


Asbjørn Henning Moritzen
Mona Trine Pallesen
Lægen Jesper Asholt
Martha, sygeplejersken Camilla Søeberg
Hammid, Aslams søn Farshad Kholghi
Aslam Kadhim Faraj
Hospitalsdirektøren Kirsten Olesen
Sekretær Mette Agnete Horn
Dreng Nadim Mahmoud

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Bettina Heltberg 2009-02-24
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Politiken 2009-02-24
Anmeldelse BT Jeppe Nybroe 2009-02-17
Artikel Ekstra Bladet Karen Thisted 2009-02-07
Artikel Ekstra Bladet Karen Thisted 2009-02-07
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Kim Skotte 2009-01-28
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Ebbe Iversen 2009-01-23
Artikel Børsen Ritzau 2009-01-23
Artikel Ekstra Bladet Allan Lykke 2009-01-23
Artikel Kristeligt Dagblad Ritzau 2009-01-23
Artikel Metroexpress Nina Ettrup 2009-01-23
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Ritzau 2009-01-23
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