The Axman

Arctic Greenland is a stunning expanse. The few peoples who have managed to survive here over the past few thousand years do not live as they used to. Colonialism has bled them and modernity put them in flimsy houses and clothes. It's a different kind of survival now, of the soul not the body. And to stare too long into the landscape is to feel yourself disappear. How can there be any meaning in a place so devoid of life? And yet here, as anywhere farther south, burns the passion of a man trying to figure out how to reconcile what burns within with the world around him, his existence, direction, and the remains of his family.

  • Lars Emil Leonhardt
    Flight (2019 - In post-production) - A film about the exquisite torture of fatherhood. Shot over 6 years. Will premiere on DR (Danish Television) by autumn.
  • Brendan John Cooney
    Flight (2019 - In post-production) - A film about the exquisite torture of fatherhood. Shot over 6 years. Will premiere on DR (Danish Television) by autumn.
  • Lars Emil Leonhardt
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    15 minutes 57 seconds
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    February 8, 2019
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  • Flat Earth Film Festival
    February 10, 2019
Director Biography - Lars Emil Leonhardt, Brendan John Cooney

Lars Emil Leonhardt and Brendan Cooney are a film director couple that has been working together for almost a decade. With graduate Degrees in Culture Studies and Anthropology they explore issues and characters that relate to the confusion and rootlessness of modernity. They tell their stories in a both poetic and earnest way. They have completed four films with festival appearances both in Europe and America. Their favorite themes are masculinity, immigration and fatherhood.


''The AxMan'' (in post-production) – 2019
About a single father trying to balance his life between taking care of his daughter, studying and feeding his hungry sexuality.
Themes: Masculinity, Male sexuality, Fatherhood, Suicide, Greenland

''Flight'' (in post-production) – 2019 – i samarbejde med Bullit Film and DR (Danish Television)
About the exquisite torture of fatherhood.
Themes: Fatherhood, Masculinity, Loneliness, Denmark
Clip: - Password: Flight1234

''Through the Hatch'' – 2017
About three young Gambians trying to starts a new life in Italy after passing the mediterranean sea in a small boat.
Themes: Friendship, Refugees, Colonialism, Racism
Festival screenings:
Flat Earth Film Festival 2018 – 2018.html
Ethnograffilm Paris 2019 (to be shown in April 2019) –

''One time is not enough on this sad planet'' – 2010
American Roadmovie
Themes: America, Loneliness, Rootlessness

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Director Statement

All over the world traditionally gender roles is being altered leaving a lot of individuals with questions about who they are and who they want to be. It's of upmost importance that the arts are creating open and honest depictions that other individuals can mirror themselves in so they don't feel alone. Axel is very brave opening up to the camera and tellings his story and being open about his struggles with both being a single farther with great love and care for his daughter and a single man with a very hungry and curious sexuality.