Daniel Joseph Borgman, Denmark, 2019

92 min.DK/FeatureDrama

Liv, 13, lives deep in the forest with her simple father Jens and her obese, bedridden mother Maria. Sheltered from the outside world they survive on what they can find in nature. Here, even the smallest things have a soul, and the greatest meaning can be found in the journey of an ant into the sap of tree roots. What Liv doesn’t know is that her parents have a dark secret: they have made the outside world believe that she is dead in an attempt to escape society’s norms and demands. Liv’s curiosity however propels her to venture into the world and suddenly, their silent life is threatened by increasing interference from the outside.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Harpiks
Danish title Harpiks
Director Daniel Joseph Borgman
Screenplay Bo hr. Hansen
Producer Katja Adomeit, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Director of Photography Louise McLaughlin
Editor Sofie Marie Kristensen
Sound Anne Gry Friis Kristensen, Sigrid D.P.A. Jensen
Composer Anne Gry Friis Kristensen, Andreas Pallisgaard
Production designer Josephine Farsø
Casting Tanja Grunwald
Appearance Vivelil Søgaard Holm, Peter Plaugborg, Sofie Gråbøl, Ghita Nørby
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S, Nordisk Film A/S
International sales TrustNordisk
Danish theatrical release 12.12.2019
Comment Daniel Borgman''s third feature film enjoyed its world at Toronto Film Festival. Borgman''s ’The Weight of Elephants’ (2013) and ’Loving Pia’ (2017) both premiered at the Berlinale. His short film ’Berik’ (2010) won the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at Cannes.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Zentropa Productions2 ApS
Co-production Adomeit Film ApS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, TV2, FilmFyn
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S, Nordisk Film A/S


Direction Daniel Joseph Borgman
Assistant director Jacky Su
1st assistant director Seumas Cooney
3rd assistant director Stine Likodelle Keller Søegaard
Casting Tanja Grunwald
Casting: children Amanda Lie-Rasmussen
Children''s coach Amanda Lie-Rasmussen
Children''s coach Kenneth Carmohn
Extras coordinator Jacob Thomas Pilgaard
Extras coordinator Lise Søllested


Screenplay Bo hr. Hansen


Producer Katja Adomeit
Producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Executive producer Louise Vesth
Producer: development Ann-Alicia Thunbo Ilskov
Associate producer Tine Mikkelsen
Line producer Jon Hammer
Producer: development Ann-Alicia Thunbo Ilskov
Production manager Carina Svendsgaard Jeppesen
Production coordinator Fie Gehrs Madsen
Production assistant Maria Lundedal Møller
Producer''s assistant Nicolai Arnholm
Producer''s assistant Anne Falkesgaard Hansen
Location manager Kenneth Kromann Knudsen
Location manager Benjamin Mathiesen
Location scout Jannich Grønnemose
Location scout Karoline Thiele Bro-Rasmussen
Location scout Hasse Valdemar Nørgaard
Location scout Rasmus Kølbæk
Post-producton coordinator Cecilie Rui
Post-production manager Tine Clasen
IT-support Peter Mygdal
IT-support Gorm Oppermann


Cinematographer Louise McLaughlin
First assistant camera John Frimann Rasmussen
Underwater cinematographer Kjetil Astrup
Clapper/loader Mark Dingli
Video assistant Anton Petersen
Video assistant Asker Frølund Andersen
Steadicam Anders Holck Petersen
Steadicam Jonas Torp
Drone operator Tao Ahler
Cinematographer: 2. unit Jacky Su
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Daniel Joseph Borgman
Camera assistant: 2. unit Julie Ann-Lie Kjærgaard
Camera assistant: 2. unit Alexander Herlev Christoffersen
Key grip Lars "Snitt" Weirsøe
Key grip Emil Taasinge
Key grip Mikael Kort
Best boy grip Andreas Thorsted


Still photographer Åsmund Sollihøgda
Still photographer Christian Geisnæs
Still photographer Maria Pasenau

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Aslak Lytthans
Best boy Ib Valentin
Best boy Thomas Neivelt
Assistant lighting technician Mark Newman


Editor Sofie Marie Kristensen
B-editor Mark Bukdahl
B-editor My Thordal
Assistant editor Mira Thu
Avid supervisor Lárus Ren Gudbjörnsson
Technical supervisor Oliver Lindboe


Composer Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Composer Andreas Pallisgaard
Musical consultant Leslie Ming
Music clearing Mikkel Maltha

Production design

Production designer Josephine Farsø
Property master Anne Oddershede
Assistant set dresser Lewis Oliver James Wallace
Set decorator Sarah Gad Wøldike Sørensen


Key costumer Marquet K. Lee
Costume on set Kirsty Cameron
Costume designer Helen Kirkum
Costume assistant Nanna Bernholm
Costume assistant Marcy Hoen


Makeup artist Sara Sofia Kasper
Makeup assistant Camilla Hentze Jørgensen
SFX makeup Rob Hillenbrink
SFX makeup Erik Hillenbrink
SFX makeup Merel Mons
SFX makeup Denise Conradi


Sound designer Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Sound designer Sigrid D.P.A. Jensen
Boom operator Renato Fernando Vieira de Silva Ribeiro
Dialogue editor Morten Groth
Dialogue editor Jakob Garfield
Sound assistant Jamie Louis Thurman
Foley artist Martin Langebach
Foley mixer Christoph Oertel
Sound mixer Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Sound mixer Sigrid D.P.A. Jensen

Special effects

SFX Morten Jacobsen
SFX coordinator Hummer Højmark
Pyrotechnician Flemming Christensen
SFX technician Anders Nylander
SFX assistant Hasse Valdemar Nørgaard


Taxachauffør Solbjørg Højfeldt

Visual effects

Graphic design Åsmund Sollihøgda
Online Oliver Lindboe
Colourist Sandra Klass
VFX artist Jacob Thorndahl
VFX artist Daniel Joseph Borgman
Title design Åsmund Sollihøgda
Title design Jacky Su


Stunt coordinator Valdimar Johansson
Stunt double Nina Frifelt
Diver stand-in Mikkel Weidemann


Liv Vivelil Søgaard Holm
Jens Peter Plaugborg
Maria Sofie Gråbøl
Else Ghita Nørby
Roald Amanda Collin
Postbud Rasmus Haxen
Ung politibetjent Christopher Læssø
Gammel mand Kjeld Nørgaard

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Lindberg, Kristian 2019-12-12
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2019-12-12
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Sommer Boysen, Katrine 2019-12-12