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In a Better World

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Original title
Hævnen (Civilization) (In a Better World)
Running time
110 min.
Denmark Denmark
Anders Thomas Jensen
Johan Söderqvist
Morten Søborg
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Co-production Denmark-Sweden; Det Danske Filminstitut / Radio (DR) / Film Fyn / Film I Väst / Memfis Film / Nordisk Film / SVT / Svenska Filminstitutet / Filmek Trollhättan / Zentropa Productions
Drama | Africa. Teen/coming-of-age. Bullying
Synopsis / Plot
In a nation at war in Africa, Anton, a Danish doctor, is working on a humanitarian mission in a refugee camp. His wife is left alone for long periods in Denmark with their son Elia, who is bullied by his classmates. Then a new classmate arrives, Christian, a boy who, after the death of his mother, has grown up alone with his father. This boy transforms all his pain into violence and Elia is immediately drawn by his strong personality. The friendship between the two boys becomes a dangerous game of revenge and rage that will call Anton’s ideals into doubt and shake the lives of both families.
2010: Academy Award: Oscar Best Foreign Language Film
2010: Golden Globes Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
2010: Seville Film Festival: Best Direction, Best Screenplay
2010: Rome Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award
2011: European Film Awards: Best Director. 5 nominations
2011: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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