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The Boss of It All -- Lars von Trier, today's most innovative filmmaker, has made a comedy. A boss is afraid of his employees so he fabricates a "boss of it all" and hires an actor to play the part and to make the unpopular decisions.
The Boss of It All -- An IT company hires an actor (Jens Albinus) to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson).


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8 December 2006 (Denmark) See more »
An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A friend hires his actor friend to stand in the line of fire as the absentee boss of his company See more (33 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jens Albinus ... Direktøren for det hele / Kristoffer / Svend E

Peter Gantzler ... Ravn
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson ... Finnur (as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)

Benedikt Erlingsson ... Tolk

Iben Hjejle ... Lise
Henrik Prip ... Nalle
Mia Lyhne ... Heidi A.

Casper Christensen ... Gorm

Louise Mieritz ... Mette

Jean-Marc Barr ... Spencer

Sofie Gråbøl ... Kisser

Anders Hove ... Jokumsen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lars von Trier ... Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Lars von Trier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lars von Trier 

Produced by
Lene Børglum .... executive producer
Meta Louise Foldager .... producer
Eva Jakobsen .... assistant producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Signe Leick Jensen .... producer (as Signe Jensen)
Skuli Fr. Malmquist .... co-producer
Thor Sigurjonsson .... co-producer
Marianne Slot .... co-producer
Vibeke Windeløv .... producer
Original Music by
Mikkel Maltha 
Cinematography by
Claus Rosenløv Jensen 
Film Editing by
Molly Marlene Stensgaard 
Set Decoration by
Simone Grau 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kristoffer Nyholm .... assistant director
Sound Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound assistant: pre-production
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Ad Stoop .... sound
Visual Effects by
Peter Hjorth .... Automavision developer
Camera and Electrical Department
Søren Pedersen .... clapper loader
Claus Rosenløv Jensen .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Julia Bloch .... assistant editor
Bodil Kjærhauge .... assistant editor
Karen Maarbjerg .... post-production coordinator
Emil Tralov .... additional editor: automavision tests
Other crew
Lina Bach Christensen .... production coordinator
Linda Daae .... continuity
Lars Dela .... technical back up
Peter Hartwig .... software developer
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Janus Schumacher .... production assistant
Marie Sonne-Jensen .... assistant to producer

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Also Known As:
"Direktøren for det hele" - Denmark (original title)
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99 min
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Did You Know?

A number of visual elements were hidden in the danish distribution of this film. These visual elements, called "Lookeys", were part of a contest to find them all. The first finder was to get a price and a role as an extra in an upcoming film.See more »
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Referenced in Automavison - Det nye regelsæt (2007) (V)See more »


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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A friend hires his actor friend to stand in the line of fire as the absentee boss of his company, 18 October 2006
Author: atassano from South Korea

I think if Von Trier's name wasn't attached to the project the people commenting might me more willing to accept this brilliant comedy. If you watch this expecting Manderlay, Dancer in the Dark, or even The Idiots, you will be disappointed. One gets the feeling from the narration (done by Von Trier himself, or at least someone speaking directly for him) this was a one off for Von Trier;a film meant to cleanse his pallet before he sinks his teeth back into American Democracy. But by taking himself less seriously he's made one of the best films of his career. I saw this at the Pusan International Film Festival and it was one of the 2 best films I saw the entire week. A couple times I was close to tears.

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