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by Martin Miehe-Renard


Karl Højby Hansen has lived the first 12 years of his life in a small conservative village in Denmark with his mother, grandmother and grandfather. Thus it comes with a great shock when his mother tells Karl that they will be moving to the capital city, Copenhagen. Nothing can prepare him for his new surrounds, an ethnically mixed area, where 80% of the children at his new school are bilingual. Immediately Karl quickly starts to plan his escape back to his grandmother and grandfather. Sawsan, a young Islamic girl in Karl’s class, takes him under her caring wings and tries to integrate him into big city life with all its slang and hipness. When one of Sawsan's homemade songs are being chosen for the biggest song contest in the country, held near Karl's village, she faces opposition from her family who don't approve of her dream to sing. But Karl has other ideas, and with both of them heading in the same direction he hatches a plan that will involve the train-ride of their life!

international title: The Contest
original title: MGP Missionen
country: Denmark
sales agent: Level K
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Martin Miehe-Renard
film run: 95'
release date: DK 21/03/2014
screenplay: Gitte Løkkegaard, Martin Miehe-Renard
cast: Sylvester Espersen Byder, Laura Christensen, Laura Drasbaek, Ole Dupont, Lado Hadzic, Mian Hussein, Joakim Ingversen
cinematography by: Lars Reinholdt Jensen
film editing: David Rue
music: Frans Bak, Keld Haaning Ibsen
producer: Marcella Linstad Dichmann, Henrik Møller-Sørensen
production: ASA Film Production
distributor: All Right Film / SF Filmcompagniet


main awards/selection

Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Generation Kplus

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