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Shadow of a Hero

The director sets out to discover how the death of his grandfather in the Spanish Civil War could split up his entire family for three generations. Like many other intellectuals at the time, Gustaf Munch- Petersen chose to volunteer in the International Brigades for his idealistic beliefs. He left his pregnant wife and little daughter in the middle of the night without saying goodbye. Was he a hero or a coward? With the ambition to break the taboo and reunite his family, the director takes us on a journey through the family secrets of three generations.

Laurits Munch-Petersen wrote the script together with Oscar-nominated Anders Østergaard (Burma VJ) in a genre-mixing style of documentary, reenactments and archive material. Munch-Petersen has directed several short films and the two feature fiction films Ambulance (2005) and Over the Edge (2012).

ORIGINAL TITLE - Skyggen af en helt


DANISH RELEASE - 03.06.2015
RUNNING TIME - 90 min.
DIRECTOR - Laurits Munch-Petersen

Anders Østergaard, Laurits Munch-Petersen, Jacob Ditlev


Laurits Munch-Petersen, Ruth Brejnholm, Alan Warren, Ole Sohn


Miriam Nørgaard

PRODUCTION - Fridthjof Film

Fridthjof Film A/S / Skofabrikken / Spontinisvej 7, 2. / DK-2450 København SV / t +45 3618 0880 / /

AT IDFA 2015