Landsbyen lever

Jørgen Vestergaard, Denmark, 1990

44 min.DK/Documentary

An old woman is looking out of the window behind the curtain while the policeman limes the window. The inhabitants of the village gather in the bleak street, loaded with suitcases. The authorities control that all the people have left their houses. The village is closing down.
This is the start of the film which turns out to be a bad dream. The village is not dead - on the contrary, it is full of life. There are problems with some schools and shops closing down, but there is an old tradition of solidarity, and there is a new way of thinking and new initiatives like e.g. public transport and the farmers' joint mechanization. Instead of focusing on despondency and decline the film wants to be affectionate and optimistic.
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Original title Landsbyen lever
Danish title Landsbyen lever
Keywords Villages, Social conditions, Denmark, 1990-1999
Director Jørgen Vestergaard
Screenplay Gunnar Iversen
Director of Photography Orla Nielsen
Editor Jørgen Vestergaard
Sound Kristian Bro
Composer Kenneth Knudsen, Ole Theill, Mikkel Nordsø
Production country Denmark
Production company Jørgen Vestergaard Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Danish theatrical release 05.10.1990
Cinemas Delta
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Jørgen Vestergaard Film
Commissioned by Komité for landsbyer og landdistrikter
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jørgen Vestergaard


Script Gunnar Iversen


Cinematography Orla Nielsen


Editing Jørgen Vestergaard


Music Kenneth Knudsen
Music Ole Theill
Music Mikkel Nordsø


Sound Kristian Bro

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