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Den utrolige historie om den kæmpestore pære

The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear

Die unglaubliche Geschichte von der Riesenbirne

 
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‘To whomever finds this message …’ · ‘I am stranded…’ · ‘on the Mysterious Island…’ · ‘Please save me…’ · ‘But be careful of the cruel…’ · ‘pirates…’ · ‘and the Pitch-Black…’ · ‘Sea.’

Mitcho and Sebastian are tickled when they fish a message in a bottle out of the sea. Inside the two find a letter from JB, the vanished Mayor of Solby, and a seed that grows into a giant pear overnight. After fleeting trials and tribulations, the huge piece of fruit is repurposed as a sailboat. Soon, anxious Sebastian, hydrophobic Mitcho and mad Professor Glykose take to the open sea, setting their course for a mysterious spot where they suspect JB might be found. Alas, the fact that no one has ever returned from their island destination is more than a bit foreboding. This fast-paced animated adventure brilliantly captures the rich imagination and humour of the beloved children’s book by Danish author Jakob Martin Strid upon which it is based.

by
Philip Einstein Lipski
Amalie Næsby Fick
Jørgen Lerdam

Denmark 2017

Danish

79 min · Colour

recommendation: 8 years and up

With

Alfred Bjerre Larsen (Sebastian)
Liva Elvira Magnussen (Mitcho)
Peter Frödin (Professor Glykose)
Søren Pilmark (Ulysses Karlsen)
Henrik Koefoed (JB)
Peter Plaugborg (Kvist)
Jakob Oftebro (Pirate captain Camenberg)
Peter Zhelder (Bodega pirate)
Peter Aude (Oberst Rekyl)
Bjarne Henriksen (Great-Grandfather)

Crew

Directors
Philip Einstein Lipski, Amalie Næsby Fick, Jørgen Lerdam
Screenplay
Bo Hr. Hansen, Philip Einstein Lipski, Amalie Næsby Fick, based on the children’s book of the same name by Jakob Martin Strid
Animation
A. Film Production, Kopenhagen
Music
Fridolin Nordsø
Editor
Hans Perk, Anders Sørensen
Sound
Oskar Skriver
Sound Design
Oskar Skriver, Bo Asdal
Executive Producers
Henrik Zein, Anders Mastrup, Malene Ehlers, Lena Haugaard
Co-producer
Philip Einstein Lipski
Producers
Thomas Heinesen, Trine Heidegaard
Co-production
Einstein Film, Kopenhagen

Biography

Philip Einstein Lipski

He began his working life in advertising and worked as a copywriter for various agencies. In 2007 he went freelance and was responsible for the creative marketing of films including the Millenium trilogy. Co-founder of the Einstein Film production company, he made his directing debut in 2011 with Ronal Barbaren (Ronal the Barbarian).

Filmography

2009 Ronal Der Barbare (Ronal the Barbarian); co-directors: Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen 2017 Den utrolige historie om den kæmpestore pære (The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Amalie Næsby Fick

After studying animation at the National Film School of Denmark, she is now making her feature debut with the collaborative work Den utrolige historie om den kæmpestore pære (The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear). Her short film Ztriwer (Ztripes) won the Audience Award at the 2016 Odense International Film Festival.

Filmography

2015 Sorte måne; short film 2016 Ztriwer (Ztripes); short film 2017 Den utrolige historie om den kæmpestore pære (The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Jørgen Lerdam

After working for several years at the Bent Barfod Film production company, he moved into animation in the 1990s and worked on films including A Troll in Central Park. In 1996 he made his directing debut as co-director (with Stefan Fjeldmark and Flemming Quist) on Jungledyret Hugo 2 – den store filmhelt (Hugo the Movie Star).

Filmography

1996 Jungledyret Hugo 2 – den store filmhelt (Hugo the Movie Star) 2004 H.C. Andersens eventyr (The Fairytaler); TV series 2005 Peddersen & Findus 3 – Nissemaskinen 2007 Jungledyret Hugo 3 – Fræk, Flabet og Fri (Jungo Goes Bananas) 2009 Peddersen & Findus: Glemligheder (Pettson & Findus IV – Forget-Abilities) 2010 Olsen Banden på de Bonede Gulve (The Olsen Gang Gets Polished) 2012 Niko 2 – De Flyvende Brødre (Niko 2 – Little Brother, Big Trouble) 2013 Olsen Banden på Dybt Vand (The Olsen Gang in Deep Trouble) 2017 Den utrolige historie om den kæmpestore pære (The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Nordisk Film Production
www.nordiskfilm.dk/

A. Film Production
www.afilm.com/ny/

World sales

LevelK
www.levelk.dk/