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The will

86 min., DK/Documentary

Henrik is in deep trouble. His girlfriend has split, his drug and alcohol abuse have gotten totally out of hand, and he is deeply in debt. When everything seem most dire and his problems almost insurmountable, a door to new life is opened when Henrik's wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a huge fortune. But at the promise of money a family war breaks out, and years of failure and betrayal are revealed.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Testamentet
Other titles The will
Keywords 2010-2019, Familier, Familieliv, Misbrug, Testamenter, Arvinger
Director Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Screenplay Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Producer Julie E. Pedersen
Director of Photography Christian Sønderby Jepsen, Henrik Ernst Steffensen
Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Appearances Henrik Ernst Steffensen, Christian Peter Ernst Steffensen, Ceci Karen Steffensen, Andreas Ernst Tørnquist
Production country Denmark
Production companies Copenhagen Bombay
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International sale First Hand Films World Sales / Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 / 8050 Zürich / t +41 44 312 2060 / f +41 44 312 2080 / info@firsthandfilms.com / www.firsthandfilms.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info color, Sound
Danish festival release 04.11.2011, Grand, CPH:DOX
Danish theatrical release 01.02.2012
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15


Direction Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Consultant Anders Morgenthaler
Consultant Arne Bro
Consultant Janus Billeskov Jansen
Consultant Molly Malene Stensgaard


Screenplay Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Script consultant Rasmus Heisterberg


Producer Julie E. Pedersen
Executive producer Sarita Christensen


Loader Joachim Thor Callesen
Loader Mira Jargil
Loader Anders V. Christiansen
Cinematography Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Cinematography Henrik Ernst Steffensen


Editing Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen


Composer Jonas Colstrup


Sound engineer Peter Schultz
B-sound designer Bobby Hess


Appearance Henrik Ernst Steffensen
Appearance Christian Peter Ernst Steffensen
Appearance Ceci Karen Steffensen
Appearance Andreas Ernst Tørnquist
Appearance Preben Wagner Steffensen
Appearance Alexander Peter Ernst Steffensen
Appearance Jim Beck

Visual effects

Graphic design Anders Christiansen
Technical support Thomas Bek-Thomsen
Technical support Kasper Bræmer
Technical support Peter Wagner
Colorgrading Morten Balling


Production companies Copenhagen Bombay
Domestic distribution DOXBIO

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Doc Alliance Award 2012 Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2012
Best Documentary 2012 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2012
Best Film by Young Author 2012 ZagrebDox 2012
Danish DOX Award 2011 CPH:DOX 2011

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Message to Man 2014-09-20
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 2013-04-05
American Documentary Film Festival 2013-04-04
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2013-01-22
Cinemateket 2012-11-11
CPH:DOX 2012-11-01
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2012-10-31
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2012-10-29
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2012-10-23
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 2012-09-21
DMZ South Korea 2012-09-21
Marseille Festival International du Documentaire 2012-07-04
Belfast Film Festival 2012-05-31
Krakow Film Festival 2012-05-28
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2012-05-11
Nyon, Visions du Réel 2012-04-20
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2012-03-09
Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2012-03-04
ZagrebDox 2012-02-26
Göteborg International Film Festival 2012-01-27
Amsterdam, IDFA 2011-11-16
CPH:DOX 2011-11-03
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 Ekstra Bladet Marianne Vestergaard 2014-02-08
Interview Weekendavisen Synne Rifbjerg 2012-02-10
Interview Weekendavisen Synne Rifbjerg 2012-02-10
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2012-02-05
Interview Politiken Mette Olsen 2012-02-04
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Bo Green Jensen 2012-02-03
Artikel BT Susanne Johansson 2012-02-01
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Louise Kidde Sauntved 2012-02-01
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2012-02-01
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Palle Schantz Lauridsen 2012-02-01
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Jakob Levinsen 2012-02-01
Interview Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2012-02-01
Interview Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2012-02-01
Anmeldelse Politiken Erik Jensen 2012-02-01
Anmeldelse Information Lars Movin 2012-01-31
Interview Information Katrine Hornstrup Yde 2012-01-31
Interview Information Katrine Hornstrup Yde 2012-01-31
Varia Information ritzau 2012-01-30
Artikel Politiken Lotte Thorsen 2012-01-28
Anmeldelse Politiken Erik Jensen 2011-11-04