The Butler

Daniel Dencik, Denmark, 2019

25 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

Christopher Juul-Jensen is a reading, thinking and writing cyclist. He is considered one of the most valuable domestiques in the world. The past few years, he has written down his inner thoughts about life on the roads, but he has never shown his poetry to anyone, before now. In this portrait, with painful self-awareness he tells about how strong the longing can be for victory, for a man who is basically paid to lose. We follow Christopher from his boyhood in Ireland to a career as the field's self-destructive butler constantly doubting the meaning of it all.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Kaptajnens skygge – Christopher Juul-Jensen
Danish title Kaptajnens skygge – Christopher Juul-Jensen
Director Daniel Dencik
Screenplay Daniel Dencik
Producer Michael Haslund-Christensen
Director of Photography Marcel Zyskind
Editor Theis Schmidt
Sound Mikkel Groos
Composer Johan Carøe
Appearance Christopher Juul-Jensen, Jørgen Leth, Knud Juul Larsen, Sofie Nørgaard Linsaa
Production country Denmark
Danish subtitles Yes
International sales Haslund/Dencik Entertainment ApS / Nørrebrogade 12, 1.th. / 2200 København N / t +45 20231388 / haslundfilm@gmail.com
Comment Daniel Dencik made his debut as documentary feature director with 'Moon Rider' about a young bike rider, winner of the talent award at CPH:DOX in 2012. Debuted as feature film director with 'Gold Coast' (2015).
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Production company
Executive Producer Haslund/Dencik Entertainment


Direction Daniel Dencik


Screenplay Daniel Dencik


Producer Michael Haslund-Christensen
Production manager Emilie Steen


Cinematographer Marcel Zyskind


Editor Theis Schmidt
B-editor Cathrine Odgaard


Composer Johan Carøe


Sound designer Mikkel Groos


Appearance Christopher Juul-Jensen
Appearance Jørgen Leth
Appearance Knud Juul Larsen
Appearance Sofie Nørgaard Linsaa

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2020-09-17
Krakow Film Festival 2020-05-31
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