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Contest, The – To the Stars and Back

English title: Contest, The – To the Stars and Back
Original title: MGP Missionen
German title: geheime Mission, Die
Denmark, 2013

Director: Miehe-Renard, Martin
Production company: ASA Film Production
Age recommendation: 8 years and up

Being a stranger doesn't necessarily mean to be coming from the farthest away. Karl and his mother are about to learn this when they move from the west coast of Denmark to the ethnically, and religiously, mixed area of Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Sawsan, a young Islamic girl in Karl's new class, takes him under her wings and tries to integrate him into the big city, with all its slang and hipness. Sawsan is far more experienced and blunt than you would normally see amongst her peers, but also in comparison with Karl, this young Danish boy from the provinces. That is, only until her big dream comes true and one of her homemade songs is chosen for the Danish version of the Eurovision Song Contest for kids. Sawsan's father of course says no, but Karl has other plans.

Berlin Generation 2014, BUFF Malmö 2014, Stockholm Junior 2014, TIFF Kids Toronto 2014, EFA Young Audience Award 2014 (nomination), Tel Aviv ICFF 2014, Kristiansand 2014, Lucas Frankfurt 2014, Michel Hamburg 2014 (awarded), Cinekid Amsterdam 2014, London IFF 2014, Filem'on Brussels 2014, Nordic Filmdays Luebeck 2014, Kinodiseea Bucharest 2014, Oulu 2014, Listapadzik Minsk 2014 (awarded), Stuttgart 2014 (special mention), Kinderfilmfest Münster 2015 (awarded), KIJUKO Bremen 2015 (awarded), Kristiansand CFF 2016, Zoomz Luzern 2018, Espoo Cine 2019

Website: www.mgpmissionen.dk

Study guide: Flemish (paid version)

Some additional media: Digital filmpage (Flemish)

World sales address/es:
LevelK (DK)

Sold to:
Svensk Filmindustri (DK)
Jef (BE)
MDR-Red. Kinder, Fam., Soz. (D)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)
In The Air (NL)