Jens Loftager, Denmark, 1994

48 min.DK/Documentary

Salman Rushdie was sentenced to death for his words in »The Satanic Verses« and is still in hiding. Václav Havel spent five years in prison because of his words, and later, by virtue of those same words, became president of his country. Khomeini's use of power of words led to his mesmerising seduction of his people, words conveyed Orwell's images of a future world. Words also allowed the Princess Scheherazade to enchant her sultan with tales so entrancing that the storytelling went on for a thousand and one nights and Scheherazade married her prince instead of losing her head. In the company of eminent writers such as Günter Wallraff, Joseph Brodsky, Julio Llamazares, Aziz Nesin, Paul Auster, Villy Sorensen and Mario Vargas Llosa, WORDS investigates and celebrates words as mediums of reality and seduction, might and faith, experience and belief; as political tools, poetry and declarations of love.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Ord
Danish title Ord
Keywords Havel, Václav, Human rights, Rushdie, Salman, Sørensen, Villy, Freedom of speech, Litterature, Language
Director Jens Loftager
Screenplay Jens Loftager
Director of Photography Anthony Dod Mantle
Editor Thomas Krag
Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov, Nino Jacobsen
Composer Per Nørgård, Lars Falbe-Hansen
Production designer Rikke Raben
Appearance Fatim Zouhra, Niels Anders Thorn
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Technical info color
Danish theatrical release 09.12.1994
Cinemas Grand
TV release 30.01.1995, DR
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Ole John Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jens Loftager


Script Jens Loftager


Production Ole John


Cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle


Editing Thomas Krag


Music Per Nørgård
Music Lars Falbe-Hansen

Production design

Production designer Rikke Raben
Set dresser Rikke Raben


Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov
Sound Nino Jacobsen


Appearance Fatim Zouhra
Appearance Niels Anders Thorn

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