Photographer of War

Boris Benjamin Bertram, Denmark, 2019

78 min.DK/Documentary

Jan Grarup lives a life in a state of emergency. As a war photographer, he often risks his life, while back in Copenhagen, he is a father of four. He suddenly finds himself the sole parent when his ex-wife falls seriously ill with cancer. His work in the urban war zone of Mosul, where he follows the advance of the Iraqi forces against Islamic State, must be balanced with his life as a sole provider. Jan has to rebuild the trust of his children after many years of living a fleeting lifestyle, but he still wishes to be the best war photographer in the world. How do roadside bombs and snipers fit into being responsible for four children? The film is a psychological portrait of a man that has documented the horrors of war for 25 years, but who suddenly has to face a new, internal struggle.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Krigsfotografen
Danish title Krigsfotografen
Keywords Denmark, Grarup, Jan, Photographers, Personal history, Family life, Photographing, Wars, Iraq, 2010-2019
Director Boris Benjamin Bertram
Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Adam Philp, Tony Lauge Madsen, Boris Benjamin Bertram, Marcel Zyskind, Thøger Kappel
Editor Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Sound Janne Laine
Composer Tobias Wilner Bertram
Appearance Jan Grarup, Viola Walsøe Grarup, Elias Sekjær Grarup, Marikka Sekjær Grarup
Production country Denmark, Finland
Domestic distribution Camera Film
International sales LevelK
Technical info 1,85:1 - Widescreen, Dolby 5.1
Danish theatrical release 19.09.2019
Online release 20.01.2020, Filmcentralen
Comment Boris Benjamin Bertram's films include 'Tank City' (2010) and 'The War Campaign' (2013).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Good Company Pictures
Co-production Avanton Productions
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Nordvision, Dansk Skuespillerforbund, Politiken-Fonden, Danske Filminstruktører
In collaboration with DR, YLE, SVT, RÚV
Domestic distribution Camera Film


Direction Boris Benjamin Bertram
Consultant Arne Bro
Consultant Joshua Oppenheimer


Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Co-producer Sonja Lindén
Producer's assistant Signe Skov Thomsen
Producer's assistant Maria Helga Stürup
Production manager Helena Öst
Post-producton coordinator Anders V. Christensen
Post-producton coordinator Martin Munck Schmidt
Executive producer Katrine Philp
Executive producer Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Executive producer Patricia Drati


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Cinematographer Adam Philp
Cinematographer Tony Lauge Madsen
Cinematographer Boris Benjamin Bertram
Cinematographer Marcel Zyskind
Cinematographer Thøger Kappel


Stills Jan Grarup


Editor Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Additional editing Rikke Selin Fokdal
Assistant editor Lea Vinter Sonne


Composer Tobias Wilner Bertram


Sound designer Janne Laine
Re-recording mixer Olli Pärnänen
Re-recording mixer Janne Laine
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Sound assistant Ville Jussila

Visual effects

Colourist Norman Nisbet
Graphic design Benjamin Robin Graahede
Compositing Jesper Banner


Appearance Jan Grarup
Appearance Viola Walsøe Grarup
Appearance Elias Sekjær Grarup
Appearance Marikka Sekjær Grarup
Appearance Olivia Sekjær Grarup

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2019-09-20
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Damm, Søren Jacobsen 2019-09-20
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Boding Hansen, Magnus 2019-09-20
Anmeldelse Information Yde, Katrine Hornstrup 2019-09-19
Anmeldelse BT Just, Morten Vejlgaard 2019-09-19
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Queitsch, Henrik 2019-09-19
Interview Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Schütt-Jensen, Kasper 2019-09-15
Interview Politiken-Fonden Friis, Lea Wind 2019-09-15
Interview Berlingske Tidende Almbjerg, Sarah-Iben 2019-09-14
Interview Børsen Matthiesen, Tobias 2019-09-13
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