Above the Street, below the Water

by Charlotte Sieling

Above the Street, below the Water


Ask is married to Anne, and they have everything you could ever want. Good careers, lovely children, an apartment in Christianshavn, and each other. Everything appears to be just as it should be in a modern family faced with juggling work schedules, child rearing, and not least of all love.

But one morning, Anne learns that Ask wants to take a break. Why? Is he seeing another woman? It's a choice that affects everybody around them.

»Above the Street below the Water« is a film about the adult generation of today. A generation for whom everything is possible and only the imagination sets the limits for what you can desire. But all choices have consequences ...


Born 1960. Charlotte Sieling's first feature film is eagerly awaited here in Denmark. After securing her position as the finest TV director in the country, Charlotte is ready to take the leap into the world of cinema as well.

Charlotte graduated as an actress from The Danish National School of Theatre in 1985. From 1986 to 1995, she played major roles on the Copenhagen stages of The Royal Danish Theatre, Betty Nansen Teatret, Dr. Dante and Gladsaxe Teater. Furthermore, she has played roles in films by Susanne Bier, Annette K. Olesen, Henning Carlsen, Per Berglund, Jacob Thuesen, Christina Rosendahl and Carsten Sønder as well as the role of Sofie Amalie in Danmarks Radio's TV series "Gøngehøvdingen" and opposite Erland Josephsson in one of the major roles (Rhea Moser) in Kjell Sundvall's 1991 mini series "Rosenbaum".

In 1994, Charlotte was accepted to the screenwriting line of the National Film School of Denmark from which she graduated in 1996. At the school, she made the acquaintance of among others Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek, which started a collaboration that resulted in the 1998 novella film "Tut & Tone", which Charlotte wrote and directed.

Starting in the late 1990's, Charlotte established herself as the most sought-after Danish TV director. First, she directed 8 episodes of "unit One", upon which she became the main director of Danmarks Radio's huge success "Better Times" (16 episodes, running 50 minutes each). Furthermore, she has directed episodes of the TV series "The Killing" and most recently, she won the audience award at the French Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival for the short film "45 cm", which she directed with Annette K. Olesen.


Sidse Babett Knudsen - Anne
Nicolas Bro - Ask
Ellen Hillingsø - Bente
Anders W. Berthelsen - Bjørn
Ellen Nyman - Charlotte
Niels Ole Oftebro - Carl
Lea Maria Høyer Stensnæs - Irina
Mohamed-Ali Bakier - Fadi
Mads Duelund Hansen - Gustav


Director: Charlotte Sieling
Producer: Lars Bredo Rahbek, Bo Ehrhardt
Assistant Producer: Søren Green
Executive Producer: Birgitte Hald
Co-Producers: Aagot Skjeldal, Helena Danielsson
Screenwriters: Yaba Holst, Charlotte Sieling
Director of Photography: Jørgen Johansson, DFF
Editor: Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
Sound Designer: Mick Raaschou
Composer: Thomas Hass
Production Designer: Lars Nielsen
Costume Designer: Manon Rasmussen
Head Make-Up Artist: June Paalgard
Casting Director: Anja Philip
Chief Lighting Technician: Michael Sørensen
Line Producer: Kristina Kornum
Production Manager: Maj-Britt Paulmann Dalsgaard

Technical Data

Format: 35mm / 24fps / 1:2.35 / Color / Dolby Digital
Length: 85 min.
Original Language: Danish

Original title: Over Gaden Under Vandet


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