Archive of films Blue Collar White Christmas / Nede På Jorden

2004, 82 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2005

Extraordinary documentary, shot like a Ken Loach feature film, set in a lifeboat factory threatened with redundancies.


An extraordinary documentary, shot and edited like a Scandi realist drama, Blue Collar White Christmas  blurs the genre’s margins in striking ways. Centered on a small group of employees at a lifeboat factory who are threatened with pre-Yule pink-slipping, pic is neither traditional docudrama nor straight reportage, more a decanting of true events into a smarter-looking bottle. The Viking lifeboat factory is a key employer in the small town. So when the management announces in the lead-up to Christmas 2001 that it will be “operating at a lower level,” the employees’ settled lives start to look less settled. Director Max Kestner and d.p. Henrik Ipsen present everything in a managed, visually planned way. Audience has to continually remind itself that this is not a scripted feature film a la Ken Loach — and in the very last scene the filmmakers have one delightful, Hans Christian Andersen-like trick up their sleeves.
Derek Elley


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Director: Max Kestner
Screenplay: Dunja Gry Jensen
Dir. of Photography: Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Music: Povl Kristian
Editor: Nanna Frank Møller
Producer: Jens Pedersen, Thomas Heurlin
Production: Lynx Media a/s
Contact: Danish Film Institute, TV 2/Denmark Programme Sales


Max Kestner

Film Director

Hanne Skjodt

Film Institution Rep.

Christian Juhl Lemche

Film Institution Rep.

Dunja Gry Jensen



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