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The Sunfish


Denmark | 2014 | 100 minutes | Søren Balle

Sixty year-old fisherman Kesse is going through a nasty divorce when he teams up with an attractive female marine biologist on the choppy Danish seas. The Sunfish crafts elements of romance, politics, and economic agenda into a lovely feature.

May 22, 2014
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Kesse (Henrik Birch, “Borgen”), a third-generation fisherman hailing from the Hirtshals harbor in the Danish Jutland peninsula, has dedicated his life to his job and his boat. Now pushing 60, however, his luck has taken a turn for the worse. Newly divorced after 19 years of marriage, he cannot even find solace in his occupation, as declining fishing stocks, environmental regulations, and his old age spell out an uncertain future. Hoping to alleviate some of his growing debt, he accepts a deal scoffed at by his fellow fishermen—allow a marine biologist on board in exchange for an extra set of fish quotas. But when the biologist turns out to be a kind, attractive woman (Susanne Storm, Mifune), Kesse begins a relationship with her, finding himself torn between temptation and loyalty. A social realist drama in the vein of Ken Loach, but with more heart and humor, The Sunfish examines the choices we make in order to survive, to love, and to age gracefully. With Birch’s sophisticated lead performance, Kesse is a complex wonder of a character, in turns sympathetic and maddening, a man out of time struggling with the challenges of modernity.

Director Biography

Søren Balle, born in 1978, earned a degree in direction from The National Film School of Denmark (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Aarhus University. Since then, Balle has kept busy as an assistant director and second unit director on the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s "Lykke" and "The Killing III," as well as directing several smaller projects himself. In 2012, Balle approached Film Maker with the idea of adapting the Reumert-winning play, The Sunfish, into a film.

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Director: Søren Balle
Principal Cast: Henrik Birch, Susanne Storm, Lars Topp Thomsen, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Mikkel Vadsholt
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Country: Denmark
Year: 2014
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: Claudia Siesbye Halsted
Screenplay: Søren Balle, Lærke Sanderhoff
Cinematographers: Martin Munch
Editors: Peter Winther
Music: Flemming Nordkrog
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Danish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: LevelK
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