Thors saga

Ulla Boje Rasmussen, Denmark, 2011

90 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

The dramatic tale of an extraordinary Icelandic family and its journey through Iceland''s economic ups and downs. As a 14 year old boy, the family''s founder, Thor Jensen, left a Danish orphanage to accept an apprenticeship in Iceland. The remote Danish colony was impoverished, but Thor Jensen saw opportunities and a potential in growth. With far-sighted initiatives and innovative business ideas. His great-grand son Thor Björgólfsson found inspiration in his forefather''s initiatives and inherited the ability to see opportunities in uncultivated markets. With sensational ventures, Björgólfsson looked beyond Iceland''s borders and gained success. Björgólfsson then defied his own business strategy and invested in the Icelandic banking system. Here he made his greatest failure. The global financial crisis reached Iceland and threatened with state bankruptcy. Today, Björgólfsson is thought to be one of the key figures to send Iceland into economic pillory.
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Original title Thors saga
Danish title Thors saga
Keywords Iceland, Business life, Business enterprises, 2000-2009, Björgólfsson, Björgólfur Thor, Jensen, Thor, Family history, Families
Director Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Screenplay Ulla Boje Rasmussen, Mette Zeruneith
Producer Henrik Veileborg, Henrik Veileborg
Director of Photography Linus Eklund, Thomas Marott, Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Ulla Boje Rasmussen, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editor Anders Refn, Mette Zeruneith, Pernille Bech Christensen
Sound Pétur Einarsson
Composer Joachim Holbek
Production country Denmark, Iceland
TV release 18.09.2011, DR K
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Upfront Films


Direction Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Assistant director Rannveig Reumert Lárusdóttir


Script Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Screenplay Mette Zeruneith
Translation Guðrún Gísladóttir
Translation Sigurdur Sverrir Pálsson
Translation Ásta Stefánsdóttir


Producer Henrik Veileborg
Co-producer Hrönn Kristinsdóttir
Consultant Janus Billeskov Jansen
Consultant Jørn Astrup Hansen
Consultant Keld Zeruneith
Producer: pre-production Jakob Kirstein Høgel
Production manager Monica Hellström
Production manager Signe Tillisch
Production manager Joanna Zofia Bard Mikolajczyk
Production manager Susanne Fosgaard Nielsen
Production assistant Anders Ravn
Production assistant Martin Kjærgaard
Production assistant Julie W. Tovgaard
Technical coodinator Helene Meden Hansen
Technical coodinator Klaus Kjeldsen
Technical coodinator Mikkel Sangstad
Technical coodinator Daniel Alban
Technical coodinator Peter Wagner Lassen
Post-producton coordinator Anders V. Christensen
Research Kristín Pálsdóttir
Producer Henrik Veileborg
Research Margrét Tryggvadóttir
Research Signe Tillisch


Cinematography Linus Eklund
Cinematography Thomas Marott
Cinematography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Cinematography Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Cinematography Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson


Editing Anders Refn
Editing Mette Zeruneith
Editing Pernille Bech Christensen
Online editor Martin Munck Schmidt


Composer Joachim Holbek


Sound recordist Sigurdur Sigurdsson
Sound recordist Peter Schultz
Sound recordist Helene Meden Hansen
Sound designer Pétur Einarsson

Visual effects

Colourist Maria Klarlund


Narrator Sofie Gråbøl

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