A Modern Man

Eva Mulvad, Denmark, 2017

84 min.DK/Documentary

The film touches on tendencies characteristic of our time through the portrayal of the young and ambitious violinist Charlie Siem. As a violinist, he is constantly on tour. At the same time, he works as a model for several of the world's leading fashion houses. This combination has made magazines label him a "rock star" violinist, and he has young audiences listening to his interpretations of Brahms and Beethoven in concert halls around the world. On the face of it, this sounds like the perfect life. But behind his photogenic facade Charlie struggles to create a life that meets both his own and the world's ideas of success and happiness.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title A Modern Man
Danish title A Modern Man
Keywords Young people, Musicians, Classical music, Personal history, Siem, Charlie, 2010-2019
Director Eva Mulvad
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær, Sidsel Lønvig Siersted, Stefan Kloos
Director of Photography Eva Mulvad
Editor Adam Nielsen
Appearances Charlie Siem
Production country Denmark
Production company Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International sales Rise and Shine World Sales / A unit of Kloos & Co. Medien / Schlesische Str. 29/30 / 10997 Berlin / t +49 30 4737 298 10 / riseandshine-berlin.de
Danish festival release 17.03.2017, Grand, CPH:DOX 2017
Danish theatrical release 04.10.2017
Online release 14.11.2017
Comment The film premiered at CPH:DOX. Eva Mulvad won IDFA's Silver Wolf Award and the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance for Enemies of Happiness (2006). The Good Life (2010) was selected for competition at IDFA, the Toronto Hot Docs and Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded in Karlovy Vary.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Det Danske Filminstitut
Executive Producer Danish Documentary Production
Domestic distribution DOXBIO


Direction Eva Mulvad


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Producer Stefan Kloos
Producer's assistant Kirstine Barfod
Consultant Ulrich Seidl


Cinematographer Eva Mulvad


Editor Adam Nielsen


Appearance Charlie Siem

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Krakow Film Festival 2020-05-31
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2018-05-17
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2018-05-11
ZagrebDox 2018-02-25
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2018-01-23
Montreal, Rencontres Int. du Documentaire 2017-11-09
Bergen International Film festival 2017-09-26
Message to Man 2017-09-15
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017-06-09
Sydney Film Festival 2017-06-07
München Documentary Festival 2017-05-04
CPH:DOX 2017-03-16
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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Wendt Jensen, Jacob 2017-10-04
Interview Berlingske Tidende Sauntved, Louise Kidde 2017-10-04
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Sommer Boysen, Katrine 2017-10-04
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2017-10-04