Masters of Dox

The Banality of Grief

Jon B. Carlsen
Screening time  
06.04. / Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3 Ticket
08.04. / Friday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3 Ticket

"Nothing is. Everything is becoming. Even life already lived. After my wife died I tried to kick start my days again by throwing myself into shooting a new film, but when I looked through the viewfinder I felt the motives I was focusing on with my camera were hiding what I really wanted to see. Everything in the little American town reminded me of your absence. Thus, this little stammering love letter came into being."

A deeply personal documentary by film poet Jon Bang Carlsen that is at a same time a love letter and a dedication to a beloved wife in which the past and the present are mixed into an existentialist and artistically impressionistic questioning of life and death.


Jon B. Carlsen

Jon Bang Carlsen was born in 1950 and he graduated from The Danish Film School in 1976. From 1971 to 1978, he has worked with the theatre group Solvognen. He has written and directed more than thirty films. His signature hybrid style combines documentary and fictional interpretations, and many of his documentaries are visually and symbolically powerful, often staged portraits of marginal figures and milieus. Some of his most important films are Jenny, A Rich Man, Hotel of the Stars, Phoenix Bird, Before the Guests Arrive, and Just the Right Amount of Violence. He won the My Generation Award at ZagrebDox 2017 with his film Déjà Vu. He has also published poetry, essays and novels.

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The Banality of Grief

2021, 70'

Directed by:
Jon B. Carlsen

Screenplay by:
Jon Bang Carlsen

Jon Bang Carlsen

Edited by:
Martin Munck Schmidt, Thomas Papapetros

Jon Bang Carlsen

Produced by:
C&C Productions

Festivals & Awards:

CPH:DOX (2021)
CAFx (2021)


Danish Film Institute
Anne Marie Kürstein