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SIDE BY SIDE / Side om Side by Christian Sønderby Jepsen

How can you live side by side with someone and not have spoken a word for more than 15 years. And what kind of conflict can have been so bad that you plant not just one, bur 4 hedges between your gardens?

One incident 15 years ago, where one of the neighbours two boys ran onto the other neighbours field seems to be the root of the conflict. The two neighbours disagree on what really happened. That they agree upon, but this is where the agreement ends and their stories parts. Did the boys get harassed? Or were the boys rude? Maybe one of the neighbours is right - or maybe they're both right - or maybe none of them are right. It can be very difficult to be honest, especially to oneself. The film is about how different representation of the truth can create hostility, but also how hostility can be overcome.

The film is a stylistic, warm and thought provoking story, that in a micro perspective deals with an important issue. A metaphoric film, which theme is the quiet life, lack of communication, hostility and prejudiced. Christian Sønderby Jepsen have disguised the Berlin Wall, Wall of Peace and Security wall as a double hedge in the little village Tarm.


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Production Facts

Director CHRISTIAN SØNDERBY JEPSEN, Producer JESPER JACK, Production Manager THOMAS MOSEBO SIMONSEN, Cinematographer NIELS THASTUM, Film Editor RASMUS STENSGAARD MADSEN, Sound Designer JOHANNES DAM, Composer JONAS COLSTRUP.

Produced by UPFRONT FILMS with support from New Danish Screen by film consultant Kim Leona.


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BROADCASTING RIGHTS:
Upfront Films, Henrik Veileborg (hv@upfrontfilms.dk)
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Awards
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Indianapolis Heartland Film Festival 2009 - Crystal Heart Award
Leipzig Festival for Documentary & Animation 2009 - Honorable Mention
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2009 - Grand Prix
Nordisk Panorama 2009 - Honorable Mention
CPH:DOX 2008 - Danish Dox Special Mention Award
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