Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself

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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself


Director: Lone Scherfig
Script: Lone Scherfig, Anders Thomas Jensen
Photography: JørgenJohansson
Music: Joachim Holbek
Editing: Gerd Tjur
Cast: Jamie Sives, Adrian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson, Julia Davis, Mads Mikkelsen, Lisa Mckinlay, Susan Vidler
Production: Zentropa Entertainments 6 & Wtlbur Ltd.
Distribution: Lady Film
Year: 2002
Running Time: 100′

Country: Denmark / Scotland

Wilbur is suicidal. His older brother Harbour has spent most of his life saving Wilbur’s life while patiently trying to convince Wilbur that he has a reason to live. When their father dies, the brothers inherit a bookshop. One day Alice and her daughter Mary enter the store. Alice is very shy and lives a spartan life alone with Mary. She works, not very successfully, as a cleaner at the hospital and earns a little extra selling the books the patients have left behind. Alice and Harbour fall in love. When she and Mary move into the apartment behind the bookstore with Harbour and Wilbur…


After attending film studies at The Institute of Film & Media Science at Copenhagen University from 1976 through 1980, Lone Scherfig entered the National Film School in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1980 from which she graduated as a Film Director in 1984. Lone Scherfig has written and directed a number of short films, radio plays/dramas, and television series. Her feature film debut The birthday Trip (1990) established her as an important director. The film was selected to participate in the Panorama section at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1991, at the New Directors series at Museum of Modern Art in New York, and won the Grand Jury Prix and Acting Awards in Rouen. Scherfig’s second feature On Our Own (998) was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the Montreal Film Festival, the Cinekid Award in Amsterdam and participated in the Children Section at Berlin International Film Festival in 1998. Her third feature, Italian For Beginners (2001), which is the 5 Danish Dogma film, has been a big success with film critics and moviegoers worldwide. The film, which was selected to participate in the Main Competition section at the Berlìn International Film Festival, has won a number of awards at various festivals worldwide, including: Silver Bear for “Best Director”, FIPRESCI International Film Critics Award and Ecumenical Prize at the Berlinale (2001), Danish Film Academy: “Best OriginaI Screenplay” (2001), “Best Supporting Actress” and “Best Actor”, The Hamptons International Film Festival: “Best Film” USA (2001) Sao Paulo International Film Festival: “Jury Selection” Brazil (2001), Troia International Film Festival: Golden Dolphin “Jury Prize” Portugal (2001), Valladolid International Film Festival: “Best Director”, “Best Film” & “Best Actor” Spain (2001), Warsaw Film Festival: “PeopIe’s Choice” Poland (2001), Festival D’Arcachon: “Best Screenplay” & “Best Actor” France (2001), Paris International Film Festival: “Best Film” France (2001), Festival Cinesonne: “Best Screenplay” France (2001). In addition, Lone Scherfig won the prestigious Danish Carl Th. Dreyer Honorary Award in 2001. Lone Scherfig’s latest feature, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself is an English language film, shot in Scotland and Denmark.