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When Animals Dream

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When Animals Dream (Når dyrene drømmer)

Directed by Jonas Alexander Arnby

  • Denmark 2014; 84 min
  • Original version: Danish
  • Genre: Horror, Drama

  • From the director of WE WATCHED THE SUN DISAPPEAR presented at Les Arcs Industry Village


The young woman, Marie, is an outsider in the small coastal community where she has grown up. The townspeople live in fear of her and not least her mother, who is wheelchair bound, suffering from a mysterious illness. When Marie discovers her body changing – long hair growing on her chest and back – she begins searching for answers concerning her family’s hidden past. Something that will have great consequences for herself and her family – and the choices she has to make.

Director's Statement

I wanted to do a coming-of-age story about a young person who gets to know herself and becomes an adult. Screenwriter Rasmus Birch and I quickly agreed that we wanted to create a realistic and believable universe, while using the werewolf theme as a metaphor. If you get too involved in this whole world of werewolves, you can get lost in rules and dogmas about unibrows and full moons etcetera. We decided to stick to realism, and so it was obvious to turn the werewolf theme into a disease. After all, werewolves describe something human – the dark, animal side of humanity, the sex drive and the instinct to attack when cornered. The werewolf theme became more concrete that way.
It was important to make the disease believable, to show what the consequences to the family and the community would be. That’s deliberately to make it believable that someone turns into a werewolf or an animal. It was my intention to show Marie’s quiet rebellion, how she stands outside the community, while she is forced to go on a journey where she learns who she is. The genre, werewolf films, is just a wrapper. I hope people will see that this isn’t just an action-packed horror film. Rather, it’s a portrait of a generation and a depiction of a character. 




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