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by Jacob Thuesen


Erik Nietzsche is an intelligent but in many ways inexperienced shy young man who is convinced that he wants to be a film director. In the late 1970s Erik is accepted by the Danish National Film School where he enters a world of angry unhelpful tutors, weird fellow students and unwritten rules. It is both an exhilarating and angst-provoking period and Erik feels increasingly like a foreigner in the film industry. He encounters trade union disputes, falls in love and experiences self-assured, empowered women who refuse to make a commitment.

international title: The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1
original title: De Unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1
country: Denmark, Austria, France, Italy, Sweden
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Jacob Thuesen
film run: 92'
release date: SE 02/11/2007, DK 25/12/2007, NO 18/01/2008, FR 07/01/2009
screenplay: Lars von Trier
cast: Jonatan Spang, Carl Martin Norén, Therese Damsgaard, David Dencik, Line Bie Rosenstjerne, Mille Hoffmeyer Lehfeldt, Søren Pilmark
cinematography by: Sebastian Makker Blenkov
film editing: Per K. Kirkegaard
art director: Søren Gam
costumes designer: Manon Rasmussen
music: Vincent D'Hondt
producer: Marie Cecilie Gade, Jensen Peter Garde, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Lena Hansson
production: Zentropa Entertainments, Dor Film, Film i Väst, Lucky Red, Memfis Film & Television AB, Les Films du Losange
backing: Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Austrian Film Institute, DR TV, Sveriges Television, Lucky Red, Eurimages
distributor: Les Films du Losange (FR)