Uncle (2019)

Director Frelle Petersen has crafted a very human slice of rural life in a small and cosy corner of southernmost Denmark in the worthy Grand Prix recipient at the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival

Dreams, hopes, struggles – all are ongoing and are part of parcel of Uncle (the film and the character). Moments of bliss, however, abound in this beautifully lensed (by Petersen himself) and quite exquisite slice of humanity. The makers of Nutella, too, should be pleased.

Jan Lumholdt, Cineuropa

Steeped in the fading agricultuar traditions of Denmark’s southern Jutland area, Uncle roves a sensitive eye over the duty and routine of rural existence. Featuring a powerful, understated performance by vetenarian-turned-actor Jette Søndergaard as a young farmer grappling with life-altering opportunities, this year’s Tokyo Grand Prix winner proves as quietly eloquent as its locale.

Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

  • Orig. title: Onkel
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Alpha Violet
  • Cinematography: Frelle Petersen
  • Editing: Frelle Petersen
  • Music: Flemming Berg
  • Sound: Frank Mølgaard Knudsen
  • Production design: Jordn Bastian, Zoe Kenndal Shafir