Section: International Competition of Feature Films for Children

Villads from Valby (2015) 6

Denmark | 2015 | 76 min.

The film follows the 6-years old Villads in school and at home. Villads often runs into trouble because he loves to play, but most of the rules of Villads´ games conflict with the rules of the adults’. This film is a modern version of Emil from Lønneberg. Children nowadays are becoming adults too early. Free play and the right to be a child have been replaced by long school days, results-oriented play and direct marketing. iPhones, hysterical Americanized movies, reality TV and social media make children more self-conscious in an all too young age. This film is a backlash against growing up too fast. A declaration of love for fantasy and play. Even though Villads also must learn the consequences of his playing, it is the adults in his world that learn the real lesson: to meet children on their terms.

Duration76 min
SubtitleEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Frederik Meldal Nørgaard
Screenplay Frederik Meldal Nørgaard, Kristian Ibler
Director of Photography Morten Bruus, Claus Sisseck
Music Frederik Konradsen, Max Winding
Edited by Malte Greis, Søren Ottosen
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Frederik Meldal Nørgaard (1976) is a Danish actor, screenwriter and director. He graduated in screenwriting at the Danish National Film School. He's worked as an actor in theater, film and television. In 2001 he founded his own theater company, Von Baden. He co-directed the short crime film The Heist (Kuppet, 2000) and made his independent debut with the feature family comedy Villads' Father (Villads fra Valby, 2015), in which he had a starring role.