Going to School (Villads fra Valby)

Frederik Meldal Nørgaard

Denmark, 2015 / 76 min / Danish OV with Luxembourgish dubbing / Family Comedy

A plea against growing up too fast.

6-year-old Villads is an ordinary boy preparing for his next big childhood step – his first day at school. Everyday life confronts Villads with many challenges which he tries to tackle with his very own vivid imagination and unspoiled logic. But in a world where the rules are set by grown-ups, his childhood perspective often conflicts with those around him and causes all sorts of trouble. Indeed, Villads has to understand the consequences of his childish games, but it is above all the adults in his world who should learn how to meet children on their own terms.

“Going to School” is a plea for the power of imagination and the right to a childhood in which children can be children and have the right to free play. The fast-paced film celebrates the kids’ extravagant imagination in colourful sequences – a modern version of Astrid Lindgren’s “Emil i Lönneberga”.

Selection - Kids Jury

Wed 08/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia LU Scolaire
Thu 09/03 09:15 Ciné Utopia LU Scolaire
  • Audience Award, 28th Children’s Film Festival in Vienna, 2016 (Austria)
Cast & Credits
Luca Reichardt Ben Coker, Iben Dorner, Frederik Meldal Nørgaard, Mette Svane Pedersen, Anna Rittig, Patricia Schumann, Caspar Phillipson, Kristian Ibler, Emilia Staugaard
Dubbed by Leila Schaus
Frederik Meldal Nørgaard, Kristian Ibler, d’après les livres « Villads fra Valby » d’Anne Sofie Hammer.
Morten Bruus, Claus Sisseck
Andreas Kongsgaard, Stig Sparre-Ulrich
Frederik Konradsen, Max Winding, Simon Ravn
Regner Grasten Filmproduktion

Frederik Meldal Nørgaard, born 1976, is a Danish director, actor and screenwriter. He founded his own theatre company Von Baden in 2001 after having made his directorial debut with the short “The Heist” in 2000. In 2012 Nørgaard graduated from the National Film School of Denmark. As an actor, he appeared in over 20 films, including the award-winning “Chasing the Wind” (2013). “Villads fra Valby” is his first feature film as a director.

  • 2015 - Villads fra Valby
  • 2001 - The Heist (short)