Drømmen

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Drømmen
We Shall Overcome
Film release poster
Film release poster
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Screenplay by
  • Niels Arden Oplev
  • Steen Bille
Starring
Music by Jacob Groth
Cinematography Lars Vestergaard
Edited by Søren B. Ebbe
Production
  company
Zentropa Entertainments11
Distributed by Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
Release date(s)
  • March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24) (Denmark)
Running time 109 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish

Drømmen (English: We Shall Overcome) is a Danish film from 2006 based on a true story about a young boy's crusade against a dictatorial headmaster of the "old school".[1] The story opens in the Danish countryside of 1969.[2] Denmark and the rest of the world are changing rapidly but the headmaster hasn't noticed. The young boy spends his summer holidays watching the family's first television, and is influenced by the American Civil Rights movement.[3] Martin Luther King's speeches and dreams of a better life have given the boy courage and desire for rebellion.[4] When the dictatorial headmaster steps over the line during punishing the boy, the boy takes up battle against the headmaster.[5]

The film is directed by Danish screenwriter and film director Niels Arden Oplev and stars Bent Mejding and Anders W. Berthelsen.[6] It won sixteen awards in 2006 and 2007.[7]

Cast[edit]

Some of the actors of the film:[8]

  • Bent Mejding (headmaster Lindum-Svendsen)
  • Janus Dissing Rathke (Frits Johansen)
  • Anders W. Berthelsen (Freddie Svale)
  • Jens Jørn Spottag (Peder, Frits' father)
  • Peter Hesse Overgaard (Erling)
  • Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis (Stine, Frits' mother)
  • Gyrd Løfqvist (Frits' grandfather)
  • Elin Reimer (Frits' grandmother)
  • Steen Stig Lommer (teacher Olsen)
  • Kurt Ravn (school doctor)
  • Peter Schrøder (sexton)
  • Sarah Juel Werner (Iben)
  • Daniel Ørum (Troels)
  • Lasse Borg (Søren)
  • Joy-Maria Frederiksen (Iben's mother)
  • Tina Gylling Mortensen (miss Birk)
  • Stig Hoffmeyer (Reverend)
  • Birgit Conradi (Reverend's wife)
  • Lise Stegger (Magrethe)
  • Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ("Stutter Anders")
  • Katrine Jensenius (Frk Kvist)
  • Helle Merete Sørensen (Lindum-Svendsens kone)
  • Helene Ravn Jedzini (miss Larsen)
  • Karen Jette Andersen (gym teacher)
  • Annie Roed Frederiksen (Hanne)
  • Karen Skov Petersen (Ellen)
  • Sandra Å. Pedersen (Linda)
  • Willy Knudsen (teacher)

Accolades[edit]

The film has won sixteen awards in 2006 and 2007.[9]

Organization Category Recipients and nominees Result
Berlin International Film Festival Crystal Bear – Best Feature Film Niels Arden Oplev Won
Bodil Awards Best Supporting Actor Bent Mejding Won
Best Actor Janus Dissing Rathke Nominated
Best Film Niels Arden Oplev Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jens Jørn Spottag Nominated
Carrousel international du film de Rimouski Camério – Best Actor Janus Dissing Rathke Won
Camério – Best Film Niels Arden Oplev Won
Chicago International Children's Film Festival Children's Jury Award – Live-Action Feature Film or Video Niels Arden Oplev Won
Adult's Jury Award – Live-Action Feature Film or Video Niels Arden Oplev Won 2nd place
Cinekid Festival Cinekid Film Award Niels Arden Oplev Won
Robert Award Best Costume Design Manon Rasmussen Won
Best Director Niels Arden Oplev Won
Best Editor Søren B. Ebbe Won
Best Film Niels Arden Oplev (director)
Sisse Graum Jørgensen (producer)
Won
Best Screenplay, Original Niels Arden Oplev
Steen Bille
Won
Best Supporting Actor Bent Mejding Won
Best Actor Janus Dissing Rathke Nominated
Best Actress Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis Nominated
Best Cinematography Lars Vestergaard Nominated
Best Make-Up Kirsten Zäschke
Suzanne Jansen
Nominated
Best Original Score Jacob Groth Nominated
Best Production Design Søren Skjær Nominated
Best Sound Peter Schultz Nominated
Best Special Effects/Lighting Morten Jacobsen
Hans Peter Ludvigsen
Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Anders W. Berthelsen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Sarah Juel Werner Nominated
Zlín International Film Festival Audience Award – Best Feature Film Niels Arden Oplev Won
Don Quixote Award Niels Arden Oplev Won
Golden Slipper – Best Feature Film for Youth Niels Arden Oplev Won

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