Captain's Heart

Simon Bang, Denmark, 2021

94 min.DK/Documentary

The director sets out to understand his maternal grandfather, the late Captain Goth (1893-1966). In the process, he had to recreate the ship that was the Captain’s life and great love. Through interviews with his remaining children, mementoes from his old ships chest, photos and archival material mixed with hand-drawn animations, the film depicts a turbulent time in world history through a man willing to defy submarines, mines, bombing and shipwrecks to serve God, King and country. But after 50 years at sea, the new world no longer accords with the Captain's rules, and his heart is not as stubborn as his will. He can keep the world and its wars at bay, but he cannot control his family and their desire for freedom. Nor can he submit to the new world that has arisen from the ashes of the old.
Basic information Credits
Original title Kaptajnens hjerte
Danish title Kaptajnens hjerte
Keywords Shipping, Sailors, Ships, Personal history, Goth, Knud, Family life, World War 2, 1910-1919, 1920-1929, 1930-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1969
Director Simon Bang
Screenplay Simon Bang
Director of Photography Kim Hattesen
Editor Thomas Krag, Nanna Frank Møller, Rikke Malene Nielsen, Hans Hank Kristensen, Julie Winding, Anders Refn, Edda Urup
Sound Rune Klausen
Composer Mathias Savery
Appearance Ida Jakobsson, Ulla Bang, Simon Bang
Production country Denmark
Online release 31.01.2023, Filmcentralen
Comment Seventeen years in the making, acclaimed storyboard artist and painter Simon Bang in his first feature documentary digs into a painful family story spanning two world wars and a life at sea.
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Starboard Film, Film & TV Compagniet
Co-production Ja Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, FilmFyn, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, TF1 – Historie TV


Direction Simon Bang


Screenplay Simon Bang
Script consultant Lone Falster
Script consultant Birgithe Kosovic
Script consultant Lars K. Andersen
Storyboard Simon Bang


Executive producer Lars Feldballe Petersen
Production manager Josefine Feldballe Petersen
Post Producer Preston Drake-Hillyard
Co-producer Anders Berthelsen
Co-producer Lise Uldbjerg Jørgensen
Production manager Julie Raunsmed Peitersen
Co-producer Lars Mitch Fischermann
Co-producer Carsten Dahl
Production assistant Louise Flamand


Cinematographer Kim Hattesen


Editor Thomas Krag
Editing supervisor Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editor Nanna Frank Møller
Editor Rikke Malene Nielsen
Editor Hans Hank Kristensen
Editor Julie Winding
Editor Anders Refn
Editor Edda Urup


Composer Mathias Savery
Cello Josefine Opsahl
Violin Maria Jagd
Percussion Hasse Bruun


Sound designer Rune Klausen
Mixer Rune Klausen
Sound effects Kevin Bavnhøj
Sound editor Kevin Bavnhøj
Foley artist Catrine le Dous
Foley mixer Jeppe Harbo Ilskov
Voice over recording Samuel Lehn
Sound Morten Wille


Voice Morten Lorentzen
Voice Hans Henrik Clemensen
Voice Birgithe Kosovic
Voice Dan Schlosser

Visual effects

VFX Tobias Gundorff Boesen
Compositing Jan Rasmussen
Compositing Kristian Eskild Jensen
VFX Julie Raunsmed Peitersen
VFX John Tatevosyan
Compositing John Tatevosyan
Colorist Carsten Dahl
Graphic design Jan Rasmussen
Poster artwork Jan Rasmussen
3D Morten Lorentzen
3D Casper Søgaard


Animation Tine Karrebæk
Animation Herle Kühl
Animation S. Bang
Animation supervisor Simon Broe Flytkjær
Animation Julie Raunsmed Peitersen
Animation Christoffer Elsborg Kramme
Animation Denis Chapon
Camera animation Hans Hank Kristensen
Model artist Georg Devantier
Background designer Simon Bang


Appearance Ida Jakobsson
Appearance Ulla Bang
Appearance Simon Bang

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