The Danish Poet

The Danish Poet

| 15 min

This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset. Kasper attempts to answer some pretty big questions: can we trace the chain of events that leads to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter? As Kasper's quest for inspiration unfolds, it appears that a spell of bad weather, an angry dog, slippery barn planks, a careless postman, hungry goats and other seemingly unrelated factors might play important roles in the big scheme of things after all.

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Credits
  • writer
    Torill Kove
  • director
    Torill Kove
  • narrator
    Liv Ullmann
  • music
    Kevin Dean
  • animation
    Torill Kove
    Astrid Aakra
    Bjarte Agdestein
  • additional animation
    Stephanie Duong
    Yin Ko Lee
    Siv Nordsveen
    Anja Ruud
    Magnhild Winsnes
  • animation assistance
    Helene Bisgaard
    Morten Nyutstumo
    Annely Poldsaar
    Linn Hoyer-Pedersen
  • colour design
    Anne Ashton
  • additional backgrounds
    Anne Ashton
  • digital imaging
    Randall Finnerty
  • additional digital colour
    Ketil Bruun Andersen
    Yin Ko Lee
    Neerajkumar Patel
    Jason Smalridge
  • scanning
    Jean-Marc Brosseau
  • digital imaging consultation
    Martin Ciastko
    Susan Gourley
  • editing
    Phyllis Lewis
  • sound
    Hakon Lammetun
  • musician
    Kevin Dean
    Sienna Dahlen
    Carlos Jimenez
  • music recording
    André White
  • mix
    Norsk Filmstudio AS
  • lab
    Nordisk Film Post Production AS
  • production coordination
    Julie Laperrière
    Richard Lesage
  • administration
    Lise Fearnley
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Elaine Largie
    Elsa Mouana-Bankouézi
  • executive producer
    Lise Fearnley
    Tove Klovvik
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Lise Fearnley
    Marcy Page

  • marlin

    Wonderful story. Great music. Nice voice recounting the events. Congratulations to the NFB for creating this gem.

    marlin, 28 Jul 2017
  • WuWenkang

    This is the best micro film I've ever watched. I was so profoundly moved by it. Love it!

    WuWenkang, 11 Feb 2017
  • thebonnet

    a very nice short animation, I throughly enjoyed it.

    thebonnet, 26 Feb 2016
  • lucas_hu

    one of the best short animation i've ever seen!!

    lucas_hu, 26 Mar 2015