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Smiling in a Warzone

77 min.DK/Documentary

One day, artist and pilot Simone reads in her morning paper the story of a 16 year old Afghan girl who dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. By the time Simone finishes her coffee, she is determined to fly the 6000 km to Kabul, find young Farial and make her dream come true. She buys the only plane she can afford: a 40-year old 'Donald Duck' Piper-Colt made out of canvas. After challenging every military authority she comes across, weeks of travelling, 50 hours in the air, 33 landings, and in the end, flying illegally into Afghanistan at nerve wrecking heights, Simone finally reaches Kabul and finds Farial.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Smiling in a Warzone
Danish title Smiling in a Warzone
Keywords Kær, Simone-Aaberg, Denmark, 2000-2009, Afghanistan, Aviation, Women
Director Magnus Bejmar, Simone Aaberg Kærn
Screenplay Simone Aaberg Kærn
Director of Photography Magnus Bejmar
Editor Margareta Lagerqvist, Michal Leszczylowski, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Bodil Kjærhauge
Sound Esa Nissi
Composer Jeppe Kaas
Appearances Simone Aaberg Kærn, Farial Habib
Production country Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Finland
Production companies Cosmo Film, Flying Enterprise Productions ApS
Domestic distribution SF Studios, Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox
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Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info color
Danish theatrical release 15.09.2006
Cinemas Grand, Café Biografen (Odense), Øst for Paradis (Århus) Samt:
Reprise Teatret, Holte - 7. September
Øst for Paradis, Århus C - 15. september
Grand Teatret, København K - 15. september
Café-Biografen, Odense C - 15. September til 20. september
Apollon Struer, Struer - 21. september
Vig Bio, Vig - 23. september
Biffen, Aalborg - 25. til 28. september
Humle Bio, Humlebæk - 5. oktober
Nicolai Biograf og Café, Kolding - 12. oktober
Ry Biograf, Ry - 18. til 22. oktober
Scala Gudhjem, Gudhjem - 28. til 29. oktober
Megascope, Horsens - 10. til 16. november
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all

Companies

Production companies Cosmo Film, Flying Enterprise Productions ApS
Domestic distribution SF Studios, Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox

Direction

Direction Magnus Bejmar
Direction Simone Aaberg Kærn

Script

Script Simone Aaberg Kærn

Production

Production Helle Ulsteen

Cinematography

Cinematography Magnus Bejmar

Editing

Editing Margareta Lagerqvist
Editing Michal Leszczylowski
Editing Molly Malene Stensgaard
Editing Bodil Kjærhauge

Music

Music Jeppe Kaas

Sound

Sound Esa Nissi

Appearance

Appearance Simone Aaberg Kærn
Appearance Farial Habib

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Grand Prix, best Danish film 2006 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2006
Special Mention Of The Jury 2006 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2006
Women in Leadership Award 2006 Durham, Full Frame 2006

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2007-01-24
Reykjavik Film Festival 2006-09-28
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2006-08-15
Dokufest Prizren 2006-08-08
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2006-06-12
New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2006-06-08
Seattle International Film Festival 2006-05-25
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2006-05-12
Jeonju International Film Festival 2006-04-27
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2006-04-20
Durham, Full Frame 2006-04-06
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2006-03-15
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2006-03-10
Berlinale 2006-02-09
Göteborg International Film Festival 2006-01-27
Amsterdam, IDFA 2005-11-24
CPH:DOX 2005-11-04
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
Varia Berlingske Tidende Torben Weirup 2008-08-14
Varia Politiken Karsten R.S 2008-08-09
Varia Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Lars O 2008-08-06
Artikel Børsen ulla dubgaard 2007-11-16
Artikel Ekstra Bladet pht 2007-11-16
Varia Politiken gro 2007-10-10
Interview Politiken dorte hygum soerensen 2006-09-20
Interview Politiken dorte hygum soerensen 2006-09-20
Interview Politiken dorte hygum soerensen 2006-09-20
Interview Politiken dorte hygum soerensen 2006-09-20
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende ebbe iversen 2006-09-15
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet henrik queitsch 2006-09-15
Anmeldelse Information lars movin 2006-09-15
Anmeldelse Metroexpress frederik a vandrup 2006-09-15
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten sophie engberg sonne 2006-09-15
Anmeldelse Politiken erik jensen 2006-09-15
Anmeldelse Urban louise kidde sauntved 2006-09-15
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen bo green jensen 2006-09-15
Artikel Information eva novrup redvall 2006-09-08
Artikel Information eva novrup redvall 2006-09-08
Artikel Politiken abcd 2006-08-29
Varia Politiken gro 2006-08-29
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten x 2006-08-22
Artikel Politiken hans hoergen moeller 2006-04-09