Archive of films Side By Side / Side om side

2008, 30 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2009

A debut filmmaker decides to get at the truth of the causes of an age-old grudge between his father and elderly Mr. Frost, two men who have long had adjoining backyards. This staged documentary features compelling visual compositions and the disarmingly dry humor of the distinctive inhabitants of western Jutland.


Equipped with a camera, a debut filmmaker decides to analyze the causes of an age-old grudge between his father and elderly Mr. Frost. In the 15 years since it started, the misunderstanding between the two men, who have adjoining backyards, has grown into a hatred spurred on by the complete absence of any form of communication. Presented as a staged documentary, this "neighbor” drama is interesting above all for its compelling visual compositions and the disarmingly dry humor which enriches its cleverly conducted interviews.

About the director

Christian Sønderby Jepsen graduated in direction from the Danish Film School with the half-hour staged documentary There Is a War Outside My Window (2007), which competed in Nordic Panorama’s main competition. Last year he shot commercials for Diesel and Royal. In 2005–08 he shot several short documentaries and reports for the internet music magazine SoundVenues.


Danish Film Institute
Gothersgade 55, 1123, Copenhagen
Tel: +45 337 434 00
Fax: +45 337 434 01

About the film


Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Dir. of Photography: Niels Thastum
Music: Johannes Dam
Editor: Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Producer: Jesper Jack
Production: Cosmo Film Doc ApS
Contact: Danish Film Institute


Christian Sønderby Jepsen

Film Director, Film Director

Mira Jargil

Film Crew

Lizette Gram Mygind

Film Institution Rep.


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