DCP, HD - 2015 - Danish - 105 min - Color

Man Falling

Mand Falder (original title)

A film by Anne Regitze Wivel

A brain injury after a fall forces Per Kirkeby - one of Denmark's most famous artists - to stop painting. In an instant, Kirkeby loses his life's foundation as well as his ability to work. No longer able to see colors, he cannot orient himself in the large canvases that made him a figurehead for Danish and international contemporary art.

"Man Falling" is the story about Per Kirkeby’ s universe - marked by deep melancholy as well as astounding beauty; a story about a personal struggle for life and work, a return to the universal language of painting that has been his way to get his visual and emotional impulses out. Per Kirkeby is one of Denmark's greatest and most famous painters worldwide. He has an unusual and extremely rare linguistic gift.

The film contains a continuous series of registrations and reflections on what human life means; a passion for leaving a mark and being present until the end.

Anne Regitze Wivel


During the eighties and nineties, while producing various award winning films, Wivel developed a unique form of narration that refuses to fit into the conventional terms ‘fiction’ or ‘documentary’. Her work is based on a dual perception of a purity of observation and a profound desire to go into depth.

Her feature documentary “SVEND” opened at great reviews in her home country. The press wrote “It is incredibly captivating, and let me to tears. Many tears...it is deeply personal and moving”.

In 1991 Anne Wivel directed the ballet movie "Giselle". The film was selected as the Danish contribution to the European Felix Award and also won the silver medal at the Dance on Camera Film Festival in New York, 1993. Danish director Jørgen Leth has called it the world’s best documentary.

Anne Regitze Wivel

Original language: Danish
Produced by: Danish Documentary - Production (Sigrid Dyekjær)


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