Wild Wounded Animals

    Sårede vilde dyr

    • Jakob Pagel Andersen
    • Denmark
    • 2022
    • 29 min
    • International Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    The anxiety attacks that Jakob has suffered since he was 21 overcome him intensely when he is at his most vulnerable: holding his newborn baby in his arms. Thinking back to his childhood, and wondering if this anxiety runs in the family, the filmmaker visits his father, a taciturn hunter. Tentatively, a deeper contact develops between them. This becomes especially palpable when the father is willing to sing the "Helplessness Blues" with his church choir.

    This directorial debut unfolds as a very personal self-examination, in which feelings of fear and alienation are translated into evocative images. Footage from security cameras, night shots of animals caught in the woods, or the slaughter of a deer visually express what is hard to put into words in the intimate, cautious conversations—complemented by a moving commentary in which Jakob shares his thoughts with his child.

    Wild Wounded Animals is a film in a tradition of harsh Nordic family portraits, about fatherhood, the fear of death, escaping from what feels predestined, and the power of love.


    • 29 min
    • color / black and white
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Danish
    • Subtitles in: English
    Jakob Pagel Andersen
    Jesper Jack for House of Real
    Jakob Pagel Andersen
    Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt, Jakob Pagel Andersen
    Sound Design
    Sofia Rønde Storck

    IDFA history

    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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