Going to School (Villads fra Valby)
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
- Audience Award, 28th Children’s Film Festival in Vienna, 2016 (Austria)
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)