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IDFA 2021

Flee

Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France
2021
90 min
Dutch Premiere
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No one else knows all the details of his escape, not even his partner. The film’s director Jonas Poher Rasmussen nonetheless manages to get his school friend Amin to open up about his journey from 1980s Afghanistan to Denmark of today—with the promise that he will remain completely anonymous.

Rasmussen maintains Amin’s anonymity mainly by animating his story, which is at times thrilling and at times emotionally moving. In hand-drawn 2D animations, the director outlines Amin’s long journey through the no-man’s-land between citizen and “illegal,” encountering corrupt Russian police and ruthless people smugglers in a life marked by tedium alternating with life-threatening tension.

But even more, Flee is a film about how a person's mind is affected by such conditions, about how you can’t stop hiding your true self even when you do have all the right documents. As a gay man working in the business world, Amin had no alternative but to construct a false identity—one that now, at last, safely concealed by the animations, he is gradually gathering the courage to discard.

Credits
Director
Production
    Monica Hellstrom Weston for Final Cut for Real,
    Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real,
    Charlotte de la Gournerie for Suncreature
    Monica Hellstrom Weston for Final Cut for Real,
    Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real,
    Charlotte de la Gournerie for Suncreature
Co-production
    Jean-François Le Cour for Vivement Lundi!,
    Mathieu Courtois for Vivement Lundi!,
    Charlotte Most for MostFilm,
    Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film,
    ARTE France,
    VPRO
    Jean-François Le Cour for Vivement Lundi!,
    Mathieu Courtois for Vivement Lundi!,
    Charlotte Most for MostFilm,
    Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film,
    ARTE France,
    VPRO
Executive producer
Cinematography
    Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda
    Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda
Narrator
    Rashid Aitouganov
    Rashid Aitouganov
Involved TV Channel
    DR,
    SVT,
    YLE,
    Movistar,
    ERR,
    RTV
    DR,
    SVT,
    YLE,
    Movistar,
    ERR,
    RTV
World Sales
    Cinephil
    Cinephil
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Periscoop Film
    Periscoop Film
Screening copy
    Periscoop Film
    Periscoop Film

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