The Danish director Andreas Dalsgaard’s film ‘The Great Game‘ is a family chronicle, an epic work and not least an intense tale about three generations of fathers and sons set off on an adventure to explore their shared past. A journey which goes back in time to a story about love and loss, and to a spectacular espionage plot in the time around the Second World War.
What triggered your inspiration to make the documentary?
I have always been fascinated with explorers and adventure. As a young man I studied anthropology, and the founding father of my faculty was the explorer Henning Haslund-Christensen. In a way he paved the way for my debut film Afghan Muscles, as he established a long tradition of danish fieldwork in Central Asia – which led me to Kabul in 2002. On this film I started collaborating with Michael, his grandson, who became my producer.
Many years later we decided to pursue this story, from the perspective of empire and secret intelligence work, as Michael had heard rumours, that his grandfather was much more than a mere explorer.
How would you describe the work process when shooting the film?
It was a turning point for us, when we managed to open up the secret british intelligence archives, and get a peek into the true nature of Hennings work. That’s when rumours became reality, and we could map out his actions in a very detailed way. As it turned out, the reality was much more dramatic than we anticipated. The whole shebang let us to go on a journey through China, among Mongol tribes. together with Michaels ailing old father. We literally brought him from the nursing home on a roadtrip through the Himalayan mountains travelling several thousand kilometers at high altitudes. A journey where we managed to reunite with ancestors of Hennings friends and collaborators.
Your film is one of 12 films nominated in CPH:DOXs main competition Dox:Award 2018, what are your thoughts and expectations about that?
It is a great honour to be nominated in the main competition. Primarily we hope that this will create international attention around this film, which will pave it’s way to a life in festivals and cinemas around the world. We struggled very hard to create this story, and now our humble hope is that it will gain as much attention as we think it deserves. And of course, an award is always very welcome.
Tue. 20/03, 21:30, Grand Teatret, Tickets
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