What no one knows

by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen

What no one knows


Following a painful family dinner Thomas is asked by his sister Charlotte to meet her the following evening. Nearing the rendezvous Thomas sees the lights of emergency vehicles and discovers that Charlotte, a strong swimmer, has drowned.

A well known children's entertainer, Thomas is unversed in the world into which he now finds himself. Looking through Charlotte's possessions he discovers a list of poisonous chemicals and a photograph of his dead father and his colleague in military intelligence, Lange-Erichsen. Confronting Lange-Erichsen, Thomas is patronised and given evasive answers and comes to the realisation that there may be a lot more to his sister's death. Thomas is told by his sister's close friend, Ursula, that Charlotte had been contacted by a Swedish woman and told of the terrifying world in which their father had been involved and Charlotte had wanted to speak with him before trying to find out more. Ursula, after some persuasion, agrees to help Thomas put the pieces together. Consumed by an ever increasing sense of paranoia Thomas returns home to find it ransacked and his evidence stolen. Everything seems to lead back to Lange-Erichsen, who is now heading up the merger of Denmark's two intelligence services. Thomas now fears that his mission could be against the most powerful agency in the country. Visiting his estranged wife, Thomas discovers that his daughter is missing and realises that it is not just his life that is in danger but also those around him. With his every move recorded by surveillance cameras and unseen eyes he has to race against time to rescue his daughter and uncover the truth.


Søren Kragh-Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1947. After qualifying as an electrical engineer in 1968, the following year he went to Prague to study at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) graduating in documentary films in 1970. From 1971 to 1983 he worked for Danish state television (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) where he was responsible for a large number of projects within the children and youth section. Søren's debut feature film »Wanna see my beautiful navel« saw the day of light in 1977 and has become a modern classic helping define the youth film genre in the Nordic countries. This was followed by »Rubber Tarzan« (1981), »Isfugle« (1983), »Guld Regn« (1986), »Emma's Shadow« (1987), »The Boys from St. Petri« (1991), »The Island on Bird Street« (1996), »Mifune« (1999), »Skagerrak« (2003) and now »What No One Knows« (2008).

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen has won numerous awards and accolades at home and abroad. Several of his films have won Danish Academy Awards for Best Film and his international honours include the Unicef 1st Prize for Best Children's Film at the 1982 Berlin Film Festival for »Rubber Tarzan« and Silver Bear at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival for »Mifune«.


Anders W. Berthelsen - Thomas Deleuran
Maria Bonnevie - Ursula Matsberg
Ghita Nørby - Ingrid Deleuran
Marie Louise B. Wille - Marianne Deleuran
Henning Jensen - Niels Lange-Eriksen
Sarah Juel Werner - Bea Deleuran


Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Scriptwriter: Rasmus Heisterberg, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Producer: Lars Bredo Rahbek
Cinematographer: Morten Søborg
Editor: Anne Østerud, Janus Billeskov Jansen
Production Designer:
Niels Sejer
Sound Design: Claus Lynge, Hans Christian Kock
Score: Kåre Bjerkø, Anders Trentemoller
A production of Nimbus Film
In co-production with Hepp Film

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 25fps / 1:2,35 (Cinema Scope) / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 99 Min.
Original Language: Danish, Swedish

Original title: Det som ingen ved


What no one knows
What no one knows

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