Hunting for Hedonia

Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Denmark, 2019

87 min.DK/Documentary

An examination of the explosive development in "deep brain stimulation" (DBS). With permanent electrodes in selected areas of the brain, scientists can adjust abnormal activity and thereby normalise different kinds of psychiatric states. However, the method raises fundamental questions about what is normal, and how much we want our psyche manipulated with. In other words, the film addresses existential themes and sheds light on them from a scientific point of view, thereby laying the ground for ethical discussions about where we should draw the line when it comes to medical science and the wish to change a person''s personality with the help of neurosurgical procedures.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Hunting for Hedonia
Danish title Hunting for Hedonia
Keywords Brain research, Neurosurgery, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), History of medical science, Parkinson''s disease, 2010-2019
Director Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Screenplay Lone Frank, Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Ben Bernhard
Editor Claudio Hughes
Sound Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Jonas Struck
Appearance Alan Lipton, Antonio De Salles, Arnold Mandell, Ashwini Sharan
Production country Denmark
International sales Journeyman Pictures
Danish theatrical release 31.03.2019
Comment The film made its world premiere at CPH:DOX and its international premiere at Toronto Hot Docs. Pernille Rose Grønkjær made her breakthrough with ''The Monastery'' (2006), which won the Joris Ivens top award at IDFA plus several other prizes. Films include ''Love Addict'' (2011), ''Genetic Me'' (2014) and ''Comedian Mind'' (2017).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
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Production company
Executive Producer Danish Documentary Production
Co-production Welcome Post
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Lundbeckfonden, DR, Creative Europe, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, NRK, UR, Kronprins Frederik og Kronprinsesse Marys Fond, Paula og Axel Nissen Fonden
In collaboration with Ro*co Films


Direction Pernille Rose Grønkjær


Screenplay Lone Frank
Screenplay Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Story and research Lone Frank


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Co-producer Nina Leidersdorff
Executive producer Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Executive producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Associate producer Kasper Lykke Schultz
Producer: development Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Producer''s assistant Emilia Moth
Assistant Erlend Indseth
Line producer Karina Bernauer
Line producer Kir Laustsen
Production assistant Anja Gaard Olsen
Production assistant Mia Wolfsberg Andersen
Production assistant Oline Paludan Jørgensen
Production assistant Aleksandra Anna Krajewska
Executive producer Annie Roney
Executive producer Sue Turley
Executive producer Eva Mulvad
Executive producer Mikala Krogh
Post Producer Cecilie Byder
Post-production assistant Maja Bugge


Cinematographer Ben Bernhard
First assistant camera Heloísa Passos


Still photographer Ben Bernhard


Editor Claudio Hughes
Assistant editor Patrick Lund Larsen
Assistant editor Maja Bugge


Composer Jonas Struck


Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
Sound mixer Peter Albrechtsen
Sound mixer Nicolai Linck
Sound mixer Lars Halvorsen
Sound editor Lars Halvorsen
Sound editor Mikkel Nielsen
Sound editor Thomas Pape
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Sound effects Arnoud Traa


Voice Tilda Swinton

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Online Anders Kløverpris
Colourist Johannes S.J.E. Møgelvang


Animation Anders Huulgaard


Appearance Alan Lipton
Appearance Antonio De Salles
Appearance Arnold Mandell
Appearance Ashwini Sharan
Appearance Barbara M. Chester
Appearance Catherine Strachan-Dunning
Appearance David Merrick
Appearance Deanna Riley
Appearance Donald E. Richardson
Appearance Hannah Kilian
Appearance Helen S. Mayberg
Appearance James Eaton
Appearance Justin Sanchez
Appearance Jim Dunning
Appearance Kelly D. Foote
Appearance Marwan Hariz
Appearance Michael Kahana
Appearance Michael S. Okun
Appearance Michael W. Riley
Appearance Patricio Riva Posse
Appearance Ralph J. Koek
Appearance Robert Heath
Appearance Thomas Schläpfer
Appearance Thomas Westermeier

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Interview Information Elmelund, Rasmus 2019-03-23
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