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The blessing

Heidi Maria Faisst, Denmark, 2009

75 min.DK/Feature

Katrine has just given birth to a beautiful little girl. But motherhood isn't as blissful as Katrine imagined it to be. She can't really connect emotionally with her baby, her body hurts and she feels weird. When her boyfriend Andreas has to go away for work, the new role as stay-at-home-mom makes her feel uneasy and isolated. Katrine therefore sees her new situation as an opportunity to reconnect with her own mother, whom she hasn't seen for years. Her mother comes to see Katrine and the baby. The two women try to reach out and be good mothers, and meanwhile Katrine desperately searches for her own place in a world that seems slowly to be coming apart.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Velsignelsen
Danish title Velsignelsen
Other titles The blessing
Director Heidi Maria Faisst
Screenplay Heidi Maria Faisst
Producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, Nanna Mailand-Mercado
Director of Photography Manuel Alberto Claro
Editor Cathrine Ambus
Sound Morten Groth Brandt, Morten Wille
Composer Flemming Nordkrog
Production designer Charlotte Bech
Casting Djamila Hansen
Appearances Lærke Winther Andersen, Solbjørg Højfeldt, Mads Riisom, Madeline Bratt Solis
Production country Denmark
Production companies Zentropa
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
International sales TrustNordisk / Filmbyen 22 / 2650 Hvidovre / t +45 3686 8788 / f +45 3677 4448 / info@trustnordisk.com / www.trustnordisk.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info 2,35:1 Scope, Dolby, SRD
Danish theatrical release 24.04.2009
Cinemas Dagmar, Metropol (Århus) samt 13 enkeltvisninger i provinsen i løbet af april og maj
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15

Companies

Production companies Zentropa
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution

Direction

Direction Heidi Maria Faisst
Assistant director Rasmus Rise Michaelsen
Casting Djamila Hansen
Casting: children Jette Termann

Script

Screenplay Heidi Maria Faisst
Script consultant Maya Ilsøe

Production

Producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen
Producer Nanna Mailand-Mercado
Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Executive producer Peter Garde
Production manager Sanne Glæsel
Location scout Rasmus Rise Michaelsen
Producer's assistant Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Producer's assistant Katja Adomeit
Producer's assistant Eva Jakobsen
Financial producer Ole Wendorff-Østergaard
Runner Kasper Dahl Verner
Runner Anita Hermansen
Runner Mikkel Søndergård
Production coordinator Morten Arnoldus
Legal coordinator Anders Kjærhauge
Legal coordinator Mikkel Maltha
Production coordinator Nikoline Riget
Lab coordinator Charlotte Sommer

Cinematography

Cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro
First assistant camera Linda Laage S. Olsen
Clapper/loader Lars Krogsgaard
Film recording Henning Lund Eriksen
Coordinator Helen Juhl
Coordinator Charlotte Sommer

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Jacob Østergaard
Best boy Jens Lund Larsen

Editing

Editor Cathrine Ambus
Assistant editor Julie Abrahamson
Assistant editor Daniel de Vue
Editing coordinator Helen Juhl
Editing coordinator Charlotte Sommer

Music

Composer Flemming Nordkrog

Production design

Production designer Charlotte Bech
Property master Thomas Bremer
Assistant set dresser Maria Martine Jensen
Puppet builder Morten Jacobsen
Puppet builder Thomas Foldberg

Wardrobe

Costume designer Signe Sejlund

Makeup

Chief makeup artist Charlotte Laustsen
Makeup supervisor Anne Cathrine Sauerberg
Makeup artist: add. shooting Dorte Jacobsen

Sound

Sound engineer Morten Groth Brandt
Sound engineer Morten Wille
B-sound designer Morten Bak Jensen
B-sound designer: post-production Asser Borgen
Foley artist Martin Langenbach

Special effects

SFX Rasmus Lange
Puppets and special effect makeup Thomas Foldberg
Puppets and special effect makeup Morten Jacobsen

Visual effects

Grading Ian Bach
VFX coordinator Rasmus Lange
Title design Kasper Söderlund

Appearance

Katrine Lærke Winther Andersen
Lise Solbjørg Højfeldt
Andreas Mads Riisom
Rosa Madeline Bratt Solis
Nyfødte Rosa Tristan Vridstoft
Vibe Tina Gylling Mortensen
Læge Marianne Benedikte Hansen
Andreas' far Henrik Larsen
Andreas' mor Helle Merete Sørensen
Andreas' kollega Kim Peter Plaugborg
Kims kone Anne Nanna Bøttcher
Kims datter Stine Astrid Zenth
Jordemoder Helene Nette Svahn Bovin
Sygeplejerske under fødsel Andrea Sofie Frederiksen
Sygeplejerske under fødsel Astrid Reinhardt
Sygeplejerske Gry Guldager Jensen
Sygeplejerske Tilde Maja Frederiksen
Sygeplejerske Susan A. Olsen
Læge Dorthe Vibeke Hastrup
Buschauffør Henrik Birch
Ung mand på café Niklas Lundstrøm
Mand på café Jacob Østergaard
Mand på café Jens Lund-Andersen
Buspassager Annie Jensen
Buspassager Mette Cornelius-Knudsen
Buspassager Sysset Beyer
Buspassager Gretha Faisst
Buspassager Djamila Hansen
Mand med hund Per Scheel-Krüger

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
FIPRESCI Jury Prize 2009 Göteborg International Film Festival 2009
Church of Sweden Film Prize 2009 Göteborg International Film Festival 2009

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2010-11-11
Göteborg International Film Festival 2010-01-29
Mannheim-Heidelberg, Int. Film Festival 2009-11-05
Mumbai Film Festival 2009-10-29
Reykjavik Film Festival 2009-09-17
München International Film Festival 2009-06-26
Shanghai International Film Festival 2009-06-13
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2009-03-25
Trondheim Kosmorama International Film Festival 2009-03-05
Göteborg International Film Festival 2009-01-23
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2009-01-21
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
Interview Kristeligt Dagblad Dorte Washuus 2009-08-14
Artikel Berlingske Tidende krl 2009-08-14
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Ann Lind Andersen 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Katrine Barslev 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Metroexpress Henrik Oestergaard 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Katrine Sommer Boysen 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Politiken Kim Skotte 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Politiken Kim Skotte 2009-04-24
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Bo Green Jensen 2009-04-24