The Danish Poet

I am thrilled to little pieces to be able to share The Danish Poet with you.  Created in a 2006 this animated short film was written, directed, and animated by Torill Kove and narrated by Liv Ullmann.

This delightful animated film focuses on Kasper Jørgensen a sad and lonely Danish poet in the 1940s.  His psychiatrist suggests that he travels on the ferry from Copenhagen to Norway to meet his favorite author, Sigrid Undset.

He agrees but gets waylaid by the Norwegian weather and takes refuge at a farm where he meets Ingeborg, the farmer’s daughter.

The two fall in love but fate gets in the way.  How Kasper and Ingeborg finally get together is something, I think, for you to discover for yourself but (without spoiling any surprise) it is more than their own fates that are at stake here.

The Danish Poet is a co-production of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and 

Mikrofilm AS 

of Norway, it has won both the Academy Award (the Oscar!) and Genie Award for best animated short film in 2006.

Is it possible to trace the chain of events that led to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter?
In The Danish Poet the narrator ponders these question as we embark on a holiday to Norway with Kaspar, a poet whose creative well has run dry.

The Danish Poet received the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2007!

Norwegian Title: Den danske dikteren
Director: Torill Kove
Screenplay: Torill Kove
Producer: Lise Fearnley, Mikrofilm
Co-production: Marcy Page, The National Film Board of Canada
Animation team: Astrid Aakra, Torill Kove, Bjarte Agdestein, Stephanie Duong, Yin Ko Lee, Siv Nordsveen, Anja Ruud, Helene Bisgaard, Morten Nyutstumo,Magnhild Winsnes, Randall Finnerty, Anne Ashton, Annely Põldsaar, Linn Høyer-Pedersen, Ketil Bruun Andersen, Yin Ko Lee, Neerajkumar Patel, Jason Smalridge, Jason Smalridge, Martin Ciastko, Sue Gourley
Narrator: Liv Ullmann
Sound design: Håkon Lammetun, Lydhodene AS
Music: Kevin Dean
Editing: Phyllis Lewis

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