The Saint Bernard Syndicate

Mads Brügger, Denmark, 2018

100 min.DK/FeatureComedy, Drama

The film is a comedy about Rasmus and Frederik, two Danish men in their 30s, who head out on a business venture. They know each other from a boarding school back in Denmark and none of them have really been successful in life so far. Now they meet, 15 years later, both keen to set up a dog breeding centre. The two partners have learned that so-called luxury dogs are extremely popular among the Chinese upper class and therefore expect this to be their way into fast and overwhelming wealth in China. A 200 plus lb St. Bernard dog by the name of Dollar travels with them to Chongqing. Here they meet up with the mysterious Mr. Liu who owns the largest bakery in Western China and who believes that dogs are as powerful as humans. Soon, the dog business evolves in unexpected ways, while the friendship between the two Danes grows stronger.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Sankt Bernhard Syndikatet
Danish title Sankt Bernhard Syndikatet
Director Mads Brügger
Screenplay Lærke Sanderhoff
Producer Emilie Lebech Kaae, Jakob Kirstein Høgel
Director of Photography Jonas Berlin
Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Sound Mick Raaschou, Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Mads Heldtberg
Production designer Piotr Winiewicz
Casting Jenny M. Tang, Tanja Grunwald
Appearance Frederik Cilius, Rasmus Bruun, Odessa, Flemming Sørensen
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution United International Pictures, Mis. Label
International sales LevelK
Danish theatrical release 09.05.2018
Comment Winner of two awards at its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger is renowned for films such as ''The Red Chapel'' (2009) and ''The Ambassador'' (2011).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Meta Film, Meta Film Rights
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, TV2, UIP
In collaboration with Act3, Red Rental
Domestic distribution United International Pictures, Mis. Label


Direction Mads Brügger
Acting coach Mads Riisom
Casting Jenny M. Tang
Casting Tanja Grunwald


Screenplay Lærke Sanderhoff


Producer Emilie Lebech Kaae
Producer Jakob Kirstein Høgel
Line producer Carsten Sparwath
Production manager Fie Liv Bratfeldt
Executive producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen
Executive producer Nina Bisgaard
Producer''s assistant Emma Fredslund Poppe
Producer''s assistant Matilde Nørgaard
Producer''s assistant Rose Adel Brunbech
Producer''s assistant Jonas Smed Christensen
Producer''s assistant Annie Marie Nyvold
Production assistant Mathias Niel
Production assistant Emilie Spliid Pearce
Production assistant Tanja Winther
Post Producer Annette Averhoff


Director of Photography Jonas Berlin
DIT supervisor Isac Hessellund
DIT Nikolaj Dahl


Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Assistant editor Nikolaj Dahl
Trailer editor Henrik Vincent Thiesen
Facility manager Carsten Dahl


Composer Mads Heldtberg
Music supervisor Mikkel Maltha
Music supervisor Anders-Peter Andreasen
Music supervisor Jan Thielsen

Production design

Production designer Piotr Winiewicz


Costume on set Tanja Eleonora Spang


Hairdresser Sonny Holm


Sound designer Mick Raaschou
Sound designer Rasmus Winther Jensen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Foley editor Anne Tolkkinen

Visual effects

Colourist Olesya Kireeva
Graphic design Danni Riddertoft
VFX Åsmund Sollihøgda
Digital conform Isac Hessellund
Digital conform Steffen Benger


Frederik Frederik Cilius
Rasmus Rasmus Bruun
Dollar Odessa
Frederiks far Flemming Sørensen
Læge Vibeke Manniche
Mohamed Mohamed Ali Osman
Kunde Jonas Bransholm
Beyond Boyang Li
Jenny Tan Zheng
Jason Wang Jiafei
Mr. Liu Liu Chonghua
Mr. Ling Lee Liheng
Mr. Lings assistent Hongye Dai
Tea master Chen Xiang
Komiker som spiller sax Wang Shi
Chauffør Tang Zhenquan
CEO Arch Model Company Deng Zhong
Bodyguard Chen Yi
Bodyguard Li Jian
Festdeltager Yu Yu
Festdeltager Lisa Li
Bud Yang Qianxi
Reklameinstruktør Chun Chan
Reklameproducer Wang Shihua
Reklameproducer Jing Peng
Reklamefilmsfar Gao Pengju
Reklamefilmsmor Leng Chunyan
Reklamefilmsbarn Wang Jingyu
Dog Boy Yang Chenguang
Reklamefotograf Xue Chenglei
Ambulanceredder Qiu Yu
Ambulanceredder Wang Shihua
Chongqing-koordinator Shao Qianying

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Artikel BT Nygaard, Kristian 2018-12-20
Anmeldelse Børsen Dürr, Morten 2018-05-11
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Frank Rasmussen, Nanna 2018-05-10
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Grønvold, Eini Carina 2018-05-10
Interview Politiken-Fonden Bo, Michael 2018-05-10
Anmeldelse Information Yde, Katrine Hornstrup 2018-05-09
Interview Weekendavisen Præstgaard, Lise Benthin 2018-05-09
Interview Børsen Matthiesen, Tobias 2018-05-03
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Enggaard, Michael 2018-04-17
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