Archive of films Dear Wendy / Dear Wendy

Denmark / Germany / France / United Kingdom
2005, 101 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2005

What happens to loner Dick when, instead of a toy gun, he chances upon the real thing? Answers are supplied by screenwriter Lars von Trier and director Thomas Vinterberg.


A nameless but idyllic small town in the mountains. The loner Dick is being brought up by the caring, anxious Clarabelle after his father is killed in a mining accident. Everyone, from his guardian to sheriff Krubsby, has always thought him to be a good, sweet-natured boy who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Dick’s secluded average life changes the moment he comes across, instead of a toy gun, a real weapon. What does unexpected ownership of this ’adult’  fetish do to Dick and his new friends, of whom he now suddenly has more than he could have hoped for. And what happens when he forms a secret club with them called The Dandies, run according to the paradoxical principles "pacifism and weapons"The author of the screenplay for this film, in an original way reflecting America’s fascination with guns, is Lars von Trier, a close colleague of director Thomas Vinterberg from the time of the Dogma 95 Manifesto. 

About the director

Thomas Vinterberg (b. 1969, Copenhagen) graduated from film studies with the movie Last Round (Sidste omgang, 1993), which won an award at the Munich Student Festival and a nomination for a student Oscar. Filmography: the television film Slaget på tasken (1993); The Boy Who Walked Backwards (Drengen der gik baglæns, 1994); his feature debut Biggest Heroes (De Største helte, 1996), a successful film which was made as the first work of the Dogma 95 Manifesto, of which Vinterberg was co-founder; The Celebration (Festen, 1998 -Special Jury Prize ex aequo at the Cannes IFF); the short The Third Lie (2000); participation in the New Year’s Eve TV video experiment D-dag (2000) put together by filmmakers affiliated with the Dogma 95 Manifesto, and its film version D-dag - Editors Cut (D-dag - Den færdige film, 2001); the experimental romance It’s All About Love (2003); Dear Wendy (2005). 


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Screenplay: Lars von Trier
Dir. of Photography: Anthony Dod Mantle
Music: Benjamin Wallfisch
Editor: Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
Producer: Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Production: Lucky Punch I/S
Cast: Jamie Bell, Bill Pullman, Michael Angarano, Danso Gordon, Novella Nelson, Chris Owen, Alison Pill, Marc Webber
Contact: SPI International CE, TrustNordisk, Danish Film Institute


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