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The Priestess

Annette Mari Olsen, Denmark, 1997

64 min.DK/Documentary

Inge-Lise Wagner is a priestess of the Danish Lutheran Church. She was ordained in 1981 into a remote fishing community on the North Sea and almost instant controversy. Despite massive popular support among her parishioners, the establishment - running from the parish council to the government church ministry - turned against her, delving into the tomes of legal history to find a way of evicting her from her living at Hanstholm. The battle lasted seven years. After two trials at a consistory court set up according to precepts dating back to the 16th century a TV newscaster was finally able to announce that -Parish priest Inge-Lise Wagner received a letter today from Minister of the Church Mette Madsen (telling her) that she is fired. Yet as the film reveals, the turbulent priest is actually profoundly conservative - surprising as that may sound about a woman who enjoys entertainment and is a good performer herself; she juggles, walks the tightrope, rides like a devil on horseback and travels round Denmark on a motorbike, even on her way to church; not the sort of behaviour normally associated with someone operating within the official Danish state church, and especially not when she is a woman.
This is the story of a woman who has found other ways to survive - by refusing to compromise and by utilising all her inherent abilities.
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Original title Man brænder da ikke præster
Danish title Man brænder da ikke præster
International titles They Don't Burn Priests, Do They?
Keywords Church of Denmark, Religion, Wagner, Inge-Lise, Christianity, Denmark, 1990-1999
Director Annette Mari Olsen
Screenplay Annette Mari Olsen
Director of Photography Katia Forbert Petersen
Editor Birger Møller Jensen, Boaz Heller, Alex Monnerup
Appearances Inge-Lise Wagner
Production country Denmark
Production company Sfinx Film/TV
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
TV release 29.01.1997, DR 1
Danish rating Allowed for all

Companies

Production company Sfinx Film/TV
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral

Direction

Direction Annette Mari Olsen

Script

Script Annette Mari Olsen

Cinematography

Cinematography Katia Forbert Petersen

Editing

Editing Birger Møller Jensen
Editing Boaz Heller
Editing Alex Monnerup

Appearance

Appearance Inge-Lise Wagner

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