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The Contest - to the Stars and back

Martin Miehe-Renard, Denmark, 2013

95 min.DK/FeatureDramaChildren's films, Youth films

Being a stranger doesn't necessarily mean to be coming from the farthest away. Karl and his mother are about to learn this when they move from the west coast of Denmark to the ethnically, and religiously, mixed area of Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Sawsan, a young Muslim girl in Karl's new class, takes him under her wings and tries to integrate him into the big city, with all its slang and hipness. Sawsan is far more experienced and blunt than you would normally see amongst her peers, but also in comparison with Karl. That is, only until her big dream comes true and one of her own songs is selected for the Danish version of the Eurovision Song Contest for kids. Sawsan's father says no, but Karl has other plans.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title MGP Missionen
Danish title MGP Missionen
Other titles The Contest - to the Stars and back
Director Martin Miehe-Renard
Screenplay Gitte Løkkegaard, Martin Miehe-Renard, Hans Hansen
Producer Marcella L. Dichmann, Henrik Møller-Sørensen
Director of Photography Lars Reinholdt
Editor David Rue
Composer Frans Bak, Keld Haaning Ibsen
Production designer Emilie Nordentoft
Casting Karin Jagd
Appearances Sylvester Espersen Byder, Malika Sia Graff, Line Kruse, Ali Kazim
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish
Production companies ASA Film Production
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox
International sales LevelK / Gammel Kongevej 137 B, 3. sal / 1850 Frederiksberg C / c +45 2010 8580 / tine.klint@levelk.dk / www.levelk.dk
Technical info 1,85:1 - Widescreen
Danish theatrical release 21.03.2013
Cinemas Palads, Albertslund Biograferne, Reprise Teatret, Gladsaxe Bio, Værløse Bio, BioCity (Tåstrup), Kastrup Bio, Birkerød Bio, Baltoppen Bio 1-2, CinemaxX, Bio Viften (Rødovre), Kinopalæet (Lyngby), Falkoner samt 62 biografer i provinsen
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7

Companies

Production companies ASA Film Production
With support from DR, FilmFyn, MEDIA (EU), SF Film A/S
In collaboration with YouSee, Cameo Fyn, SuperSonic Fyn, Kameraudlejningen
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox

Direction

Direction Martin Miehe-Renard
1st assistant director Ida Øversveen Gabrielsen
Casting Karin Jagd
Extras coordinator Tommy Duus
Extras coordinator Kerren Lumer-Klabbers

Script

Screenplay Gitte Løkkegaard
Screenplay Martin Miehe-Renard
Screenplay Hans Hansen

Production

Producer Marcella L. Dichmann
Producer Henrik Møller-Sørensen
Production manager Hans Bülow Ungfelt
Production coordinator Kim Arnt Torp
Post-producton coordinator Andreas Rostock
Post-producton coordinator Stine Marie M. Nielsen
Location manager Kenneth Berg
Location scout Kenneth Berg
Location scout Lennart Storgaard
Location scout Christoffer Harding
Safety coordinator Kenneth Dichmann
Safety coordinator Rasmus Olsen

Cinematography

Director of Photography Lars Reinholdt
First assistant camera Anders Hansen
Camera assistant Anne Skamris

Stills

Still photographer Karina Tengberg

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Mads Køngerskov
Gaffer: 2. unit Martin Riello
Assistant lighting technician: 2. unit Claus Lauritzen

Editing

Editor David Rue
Assistant editor Steen Bech
B-editor Steen Bech
Trailer editor David Rue
Trailer editor Steen Bech
Trailer editor Mik Fogh

Music

Composer Frans Bak
Composer Keld Haaning Ibsen

Production design

Production designer Emilie Nordentoft
Property master Mette Lindberg
Set runner William Sehested Høeg

Wardrobe

Key costumer Rikke Simonsen
Costume on set Soraya Alaydrus
Costume assistant Naja Jensen

Makeup

Chief makeup artist Katrine Tersgov
Makeup assistant Naja Jensen

Sound

Sound recordist Jonas Langkilde
Sound engineer: post-production Dennis Kofod Jensen
Sound engineer: post-production Jason Luke
Foley artist Lars Mitch Fischermann
Foley artist Morten Henningsen
Music mixer Dennis Kofod Jensen
Music mixer Jason Luke
Sound design assistant Rune Klausen

Voice

Trailer speak Lars Thiesgaard

Visual effects

VFX Mark Balstrup
VFX Bjørn Munch
Colourist Lasse Marcussen

Appearance

Karl Sylvester Espersen Byder
Sawsan Malika Sia Graff
Eva/Mor Line Kruse
Kumail Ali Kazim
Jamilah Natalí Vallespir Sand
Magnus/Morfar Lars Knutzon
Søren/Klasselærer Joakim Ingversen
Johanne Birgit Conradi
Mohammed Mian Hussein
Tarek Nima Nabipour
Lærke Laura Christensen
Kurt Hans Holtegaard
DR pige Laura Drasbæk
Anisa Camilla Skandarioon
Farmor Meliha Saglanmak
Coach Lasse Kramhøft
DR dame Karin Jagd
Flyttemand Peder Dalgaard
Walid Adam Murkbaoui
Emil Thøger Heinesen Kirk
Onkel Grønthandler Lado Hadzic
MGP vært Szhirley
MGP vært Jacob Riising
Togkontrollør 1 Line Skytte
Togkontrollør 2 Kim Leprevost
DR mand Victor Marcussen
Politimand Meinhard St. John
Falckmand Lars Topp Thomsen
Sminkedame Katrine Tersgov
MGP producer Torkild Lohdal
Securitymand Hans Bülow Ungfelt
Natamon Kim Loan Thach
Skolepige Aviaaja Jensen

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Oulu Int. Children's Film Festival 2014-11-17
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2014-10-29
Amsterdam Cinekid 2014-10-11
London Film Festival 2014-10-08
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2014-09-25
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2014-09-16
Sarajevo Film Festival 2014-08-15
Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival 2014-07-17
Hong Kong, International Children's Film Carnival 2014-07-04
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 2014-05-30
TIFF Kids 2014-04-08
Stockholm Film Festival Junior 2014-04-07
Malmö, BUFF 2014-03-10
Berlinale 2014-02-06
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Reviews and articles

On the library you can find these articles and revies and other material about the film.
Type Source Author Date
Artikel Politiken 2013-06-20
Artikel Politiken politiken 2013-04-04
Anmeldelse Information katrine Hornstrup Yde 2013-03-23
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Astrid Bomgaard 2013-03-22
Anmeldelse BT Niels Lind Larsen 2013-03-21
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Kristian Lindberg 2013-03-21
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2013-03-21
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Soeren Hermansen 2013-03-21
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Katrine Sommer Boysen 2013-03-21
Anmeldelse Politiken Kim Skotte 2013-03-21
Artikel Politiken Kim Skotte 2013-03-21
Interview Politiken Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2013-03-19
Artikel BT Henning Hoeeg 2013-03-07
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Kristian Lindberg 2013-03-06
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2013-03-06
Artikel Politiken Torben Benner 2013-03-06
Interview Politiken 2012-09-12