10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Speed Walking (2015 Feature Film)

Niels Arden Oplev | Denmark | 2014 | 108 min | Danish

Bitter-sweet coming-of-age comedy about 14-year-old Martin. The sudden death of his mother puts his rite of passage from boy to man in a higher gear. With 1970s clothing and music, racing hormones and refined supporting roles from Borgen stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Pilou Asbaek.

It’s 1976 and in a small Danish town, the air is pregnant with music and racing hormones. Martin (14) is on the eve of his first communion. In the middle of this already turbulent time, Martin’s mother suddenly dies. With an over-emotional brother and a completely devastated father, Martin basically faces it all on his own. No wonder that Martin throws himself into his friends, his possible girlfriend and speed walking.

Speed Walking has heartrending moments, but in general the tone is strikingly lively and down-to-earth. That is partly because of the apparently impassive face of the protagonist, Villads Bøye, as well as fine supporting roles by Borgen stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Pilou Asbæk, and the wonderful art direction and soundtrack. The film also distinguishes itself with its cheerful, matter-of-fact approach to sex; the adolescents are perfectly free to investigate their preferences. They don’t take too much notice of their adult role models, because they really make a mess of things.

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 27 March 2015

Time: 21:45

Duration: 2:00

Year in



Niels Arden Oplev


Rasmus Videbæk


Villads Bøye
Frederik Winther Rasmussen
Kraka Donslund Nielsen
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Pilou Asbæk




Anne Østerud




108 min


Jacob Groth


Thomas Heinesen

Production Company

Nordisk Film Production A/S

Production Design

Rie Lykke




Bo Hr. Hansen
based on a novel by Morten Kirkskov

Sound Design

Peter Schultz

Year of Production



Niels Arden OPLEV (1961, Denemarken) volgde een opleiding aan de Deense filmacademie. Hij studeerde in 1989 af met de film Kyndelmisse en de documentaire Hugo fra himmerland. Hij bleef films en documentaires maken, maar begon ook tv-series te regisseren. Met zijn verfilming van Stieg Larssons The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) boekte Oplev internationaal succes.



Kyndelmisse (1989, short), Hugo fra himmerland (1989, doc), Den sovende (1990, doc), Tusmørke (1990, short), (Nøgen (1992, short), Ritualer, enerum (1992, doc), En succes (1993), Portland (1996), Headbang i Hovedlandet (1997, TV doc), Taxa/Taxi (1998, TV series), Rejseholdet/Unit One (2000, TV series), Fukssvansen/Chop Chop (2001), Forsvar/Defense (2003, TV series), Ørnen: En krimi-odyssé (2004-2006, TV series), Drømmen/We Shall Overcome (2006), To verdener/Worlds Apart (2008), Män som hatar kvinnor/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Millennium (2011, TV miniseries), Unforgettable (2011, TV series), Dead Man Down (2013), Under the Dome (2013, TV Series), Kapgang/Speed Walking (2014)