*Dok.Fest Münich (Germany)
* Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada)
* Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK)
* DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland)
* Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, USA)
* EIDF (Seoul, South Korea)
* Edmonton International Film Festival (Canada)
* Flahertiana IDFF (Perm, Russia)
* Escales Documentaires - Festival International du documentaire de Création à La Rochelle (France)
* Documentary Film Center in Moscow (Russia)
* Giffoni Film Festival (Italy)

The Circus Dynasty

Category |Entertainment
Year | 2014
Country | Denmark
Running time | 58’ - 90’ & 2x38’
Format | HD
Production | Hansen & Pedersen Film og fjernsyn ApS
Director | Anders Riis-Hansen

Benny Berdino, the owner of one of Europe’s biggest circus, has a dream. To make sure that his dynasty will carry on, he hopes that his grandson, Patrick Berdino and the award winning circus artist Merrylu Casselly will marry and one day carry on Circus Arena. With their looks and skills they would be the perfect match. Everything seems to be going according to plan, as Patrick and Merrylu have moved into their own caravan. But his dream is threatened, because mixing love and business is difficult and the Casselly family is offered a lucrative contract from the biggest circus in the world, Ringling Brothers, in USA.


FILM WEBSITE : http://hansenogpedersen.dk/produktioner/cirkus-dynastiet-2/

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Anders Riis-Hansen is an experienced filmmaker with over 15 documentaries to his name. His latest documentary “The Invisible Cell” from 2009 sold 85.000 cinema tickets.

Among other titles are, “The Vanguard of Democracy” from 2004, together with Anders Østergaard and “The Boys from Vollsmose” a feature length documentary (winner of Best Documentary of the year at the national TV-festival) and a series (Winner of Best Series of the year at the national TV-festival).

Anders Riis-Hansen was a commissioning editor at DR1 from 2004-2011.


2012 - 2014 - “Cirkusdynastiet” (The Circus Dynasty)

2007 - 2009 - “Blekingegadebanden” (The Invisible Cell)

2004 - “Diplomatiets fortrop” (The Vanguard of Democracy)

2003 - “Fakse Vandrerhjem” (Fakse Hostel)

2000 - 2002 - “Drengene fra Vollsmose” (The Boys from Vollsmose)

2000 - “Musik er liv” (Music is Life)

1999 - “Fødegangen” (The Maternity Ward)

1998 - “Høje Historier” (Tall Stories)