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If I didn't care

Titus’ dad was never present – not even when they were together. Father and son have not seen each other in ages, when Titus is called and asked to take his terminally ill father to the hospital. Despite an urge to confront the man who was never there for him and suddenly needs his help, Titus is burdened by the fact that it may well be the last thing he ever gets to say to him. On their two trips to hospital, Titus’ father takes his son out on a journey and Titus starts to realize how much he can still learn from his father.

  • Peter Bjørklund Andersen
  • Peter Bjørklund Andersen
  • Albert Scott
  • Brynjolf Damgaard Hasse
  • Joshua Sheridan
  • David Nyholm Høyer
    Key Cast
  • Henrik Ipsen
    Key Cast
  • Katrine Annelise Østergaard
    Key Cast
  • Anton Wituslavsky Kjeldsen
  • Albert Scott
  • Sofie Meldhede Kristensen
    Assistent camera
  • Brynjolf Damgaard Hasse
  • Peter Bjørklund Andersen
  • Nanna Dufour
    Assistent editor
  • Olivia Hansen
    Sound recordist
  • Albert Scott
    Sound design
  • Ira Josefine Bender Rønnenfeldt
  • Joshua Sheridan
    Color grade
  • Christoffer Jorge Tomasen
    Assistent director
  • Albert Scott
    Assistent director
  • Anton Wituslavsky Kjeldsen
    Assistent director
  • Alex Persson
  • Christian Aagaard Trier
    Original score
  • Lars Asger Nørby
    Original score
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sidste Chance
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Family-drama, Featurette
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,440 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic Raw
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - KBH Film & Fotoskole
  • New York Lift-Off Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official selection
  • Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival
    Official selection
  • Paris Lift-Off Film Festival
    Official selection
  • The Monthly Film Festival

Distribution Information
  • Kbh Film- & Fotoskole
    Country: Denmark
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Peter Bjørklund Andersen

Peter Bjørklund Andersen is a young upcoming filmmaker, writer, and director. He has always had a passion for telling stories, and with a lifelong interest in films he has worked passionately towards honing his craft as a storyteller. In 2020 he attended KBH Film- & Fotoskole where he wrote and directed various short films, culminating in directing and co-writing “If I didn’t care”, as the graduation project. Since graduating he has become part of multiple film and serial projects and hope to give the world new stories to experience in the future.

Contact: peter.b.andersen.17@gmail.com

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Director Statement

”I am just going outside; I may be some time.”

Are the last words of Captain Lawrence “Titus” Oates, said to his three companions on their ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, he leaves their tent moments later, during a raging blizzard and thereby dying to give the others a better chance of survival. This noble act has become a synonym with real courage and self-sacrifice, and it inspired me to tell a story about just that, self-sacrifice.

The story of “If I didn’t care” came from a story about my dad and his dad, who I never knew. When my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, my father would go back home every time he had chemotherapy to accompany him. That got me wondering what they might have talked about down the hospital’s hallways. They must have been aware that it might well be their last conversation. What if there were unresolved issues between them? What if their relationship never had been as they wanted it to be? Would they have talked about these things, or let it all be unresolved? Who do you take into consideration? The one who is about to die, or the one who must bear it for the rest of his life?

The production of “If I didn’t care” was littered with challenges, all of which we overcame as a team. The first immediate hurdle was that the film was ambitious and had an almost non-existing budget on a very tight schedule. Nonetheless, we managed to crowd fund over 1000€ in record time. However, our greatest challenge came on the first day of shooting, when one of our main lead actors left the production. This put everything on hold, but by holding on to our faith in the project and the story, we were able to be ready to shoot only two weeks later.

My collaboration with the two leads David (Titus) and Henrik (Sean) was characterized by an incredible investment and understanding for the story and the ambitions behind the film. I was on more than one occasion blown away by David. Especially one day on set, we were filming a funeral scene in a church. There were extras on set and David had to deliver this long emotional speech. I offered him to break the speech up, but he wanted to try to do the whole thing in one go. There were some chatting going on between crew and the extras, but as soon David uttered the first line it all went quiet, and he grabbed everyone’s attention. At the end of the speech, there were wet eyes among the extras.

In my collaboration with Henrik, I tried to add an additional layer to his performance. On our first day of filming with Henrik, I told him a secret that I did not share with David. The film’s premise, i.e. the doctor calling Titus to get him to take his dad to the hospital, is in fact all set up by Sean. Sean has asked his doctor to call his son to give himself one last chance to reconcile with him and give himself a heroic send-off. Henrik liked the idea, and he had it in the back of his mind for the rest of filming.

With the film I wanted to show how fragile life is, and why you should always do the things that make you happy while you can – because suddenly it is all over. And how you should not always have to worry what other people think and feel, but sometimes just give in and do what is best for yourself. At the same time, I wanted to hopefully share the message; it is never too late to reach out and try to reconcile.