Itsi Bitsi

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Denmark | 2014 | 107 minutes | Ole Christian Madsen

In this sweeping countercultural romance, the true story of events that led up to the creation of Danish psychedelic band Steppeulven are illustrated in a flourish of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.

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In this sweeping countercultural romance, the true story of events that led up to the creation of Danish psychedelic band Steppeulven are illustrated in a flourish of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. It’s 1962 and amateur writer Eik has just fallen in love with the beautiful, free-spirited peace activist Iben, bonding with her over a shared interest in music and literature. They leave stuffy, bourgeois Copenhagen behind to explore the world, traveling through Baghdad, Nepal, and the deserts of Afghanistan. The new couple’s exploration includes experimenting with music, their bodies, and of course, hallucinogenic drugs. As the drugs take a firmer hold on Iben, taking her further and further away from Eik, he spontaneously starts a psych-rock band, named Steppeulven, to prove his love and commitment to her. A Danish sort of Captain Beefheart, Steppeulven explodes in popularity overnight, bringing Eik instant fame and popularity, although not necessarily what he truly wants. Fueled by an emotional storyline and powerful chemistry between the two leads, Itsi Bitsi is more than a melancholic love story, providing a look at an outspoken generation in flux.

Director Biography
Ole Christian Madsen, born in Roskilde, Denmark, received his degree from the National Film School of Demark. He has directed several features, including the award-winning Flame & Citron in 2008 about fighters in a WWII resistance group.

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  • Original Language Title: Steppeulven
  • Director: Ole Christian Madsen
  • Principal Cast: Joachim Fjelstrup, Marie Tourell Søderberg, Christian Gade Bjerrum, Johannes Nymark, Jakob Randrup
  • Country: Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Argentina
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Producer: Lars Bredo Rahbek
  • Screenplay: Bo hr. Hansen, Ole Christian Madsen
  • Cinematographers: Jørgen Johansson
  • Editors: Søren B. Ebbe
  • Music: Henrik Lindstrand
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Superclásico (2011), Flame & Citron (2008), Prague (2006), Angels In Fast Motion (2005), Kira's Reason - A Love Story (2001), Pizza King (1999)
  • Language: Danish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: The Match Factory