The Hour of the Lynx

by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen

The Hour of the Lynx


45-year-old priest Helen is approached by scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man, who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old couple, has attempted suicide while rambling about God. Having been part of an experiment attempting to humanize inmates by assigning them pets, the young man has suddenly gone ballistic. Fearing that he will attempt suicide again priest and scientist must now confront their mutual animosities while trying to grasp the truth. In a race against time the two women begin a shocking journey deeper and deeper into the sick mind of a young man’s soul. What they are about to realize will change them forever.



Born in 1947 in Copenhagen, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen remains one of Denmark’s most success- ful film directors. Graduating in documentary films in 1970 at FAMU in Prague Søren’s 1978 debut feature WANNA SEE MY BEAUTIFUL NAVEL and follow-up RUBBER TARzAN went on to become modern classics helping define the youth film genre not only in Denmark but all over the Nordic countries. It was followed by ISFUGLE (1983), EMMA’S SHADOW (1988), GULDREGN (1988), THE BOYS FROM ST. PETRI (1991), THE ISLAND ON BIRD STREET (1997), MIFUNE (1999), SKAGERRAK (2003) and WHAT NO ONE KNOWS (2008). Several of Søren’s films have won Danish Academy Awards for Best Film and his internation- al honours include the Unicef 1st Prize for Best Children’s Feature at the 1982 Berlin Film Festival for RUBBER TARzAN, Special Jury Prize for EMMA’S SHADOW at the 1990 Paris Film Festival, Golden Bear nomination at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival and 3 subsequent Emmy awards for THE ISLAND ON BIRD STREET, Grand Jury Silver Bear and Audience Award at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival for MIFUNE and a Golden St. George nomination at the 2003 Moscow International Film Festival for SKAGERRAK. WHAT NO ONE KNOWS screened in the Berlinale’s prestigious Panorama selection in 2008.

Besides directing, Søren is a much loved singer song writer with several successful albums to his credit.



Sofie Gråbøl,
Signe Egholm Olsen,
Søren Malling,
Frederik Christian Johansen,
Börje Ahlstedt



Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek
Production Nimbus Film
Director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Cinematographer Lasse Frank
Production designer Jette Lehmann
Editor Peter Brandt
Sound designer Claus Lynge & Hans Koch


Technical Data

Format 35 mm / scope / color / 6 channel linear PCM
Original languages Danish and Swedish 
Length: 92 min. 



The Hour of the Lynx
The Hour of the Lynx

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