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The Contest: To the Stars and Back (2013)

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TV-PG | | Family | 21 March 2013 (Denmark)
Karl a young boy living in a small town on the Danish coast has to move to Copenhagen much to his dislike. At school he is being ridiculed for his accent. However he becomes friends with ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Byder Sylvester Byder ... Karl Højby Hansen (as Sylvester Espersen)
Malika Sia Paul Malika Sia Paul ... Sawsan (as Malika Sia Graff)
Line Kruse Line Kruse ... Eva
Ali Kazim ... Kumail
Natali Vallespir ... Jamillah (as Natali Vallespir Sand)
Lars Knutzon Lars Knutzon ... Karl's Grandfather
Birgit Conradi Birgit Conradi ... Johanne, Karls mormor
Joakim Ingversen Joakim Ingversen ... Teacher
Mian Hussein Mian Hussein ... Sawsan's Cousin
Nima Nabipour Nima Nabipour ... Tarek, Sawsans fætter
Laura Christensen ... Lærke
Hans Holtegaard Hans Holtegaard ... Kurt
Laura Drasbæk ... DR-girl
Camilla Skandarioon Camilla Skandarioon ... Anisa
Meliha Saglanmark Meliha Saglanmark ... Sawsans farmor


Karl a young boy living in a small town on the Danish coast has to move to Copenhagen much to his dislike. At school he is being ridiculed for his accent. However he becomes friends with Sawsan, a Turkish girl who has the ambition to star in a X factor like competition although her father won't allow it. Together they construct a plan to defy Sawsan's father. Written by mark franssen

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21 March 2013 (Denmark) See more »

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References Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) See more »


Written by Klumben & Raske Penge
Performed by Klumben & Raske Penge
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Where there is a will there is a way
10 January 2014 | by milton-freddySee all my reviews

'Look at me - where there is a will there is a way' is the title song contribution to a song contest for young people. The girl contestant, Sawsan, is from a Muslim immigrant family, and she is not allowed to participate, but her efficient initiative works things out eagerly supported by a boy, Karl, moving from another culturally marginalized group of people in the province and into a metropolis school with an immigrant majority of pupils. It is an interesting fresh alliance between members of these different ethnic groups, and one of the humorous scenes is actually when the parents on their way to track down the fugitives agree upon the notion, that young people are allowed to do much more today than is good for them. In some way the song contest proves them wrong. Martin Miehe-Renard has mostly worked for television and directed installments of family film series, but here he tries something extra and he manages to steer clear of the obvious traps of political correctness sustained by his action filled cinematography and the most convincing immigrant girl staling the show.

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