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Side by Side

Christian Sønderby Jepsen

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.


Christian Sønderby Jepsen

Christian Sønderby Jepsen was born 1977, Denmark. Graduated in TV-documentary at the National Film School of Denmark in 2007. ‘Side by Side’ (2008) screened at a host of venues including the Toronto’s Hot Docs and was honoured at film festivals in Indianapolis, Reykjavik and Leipzig.

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Side om side

2008, 30', video

Directed by:
Christian Sønderby Jepsen

Niels Thastum

Edited by:
Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen

Johannes Dam

Jesper Jack

Produced by:
Cosmo Film Doc ApS

Festivals & Awards:

Odense International Film Festival - Grand Prix - National Section; DOK Leipzig - Honorary Mention; Heartland Film Festival - Crystal Heart Award