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Next Door Spy

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2018

Karla von Bengtson / Feature Narrative / Denmark / 2017 / 77 min / Colour and B&W / DCP / In English / Arabic subtitles / Middle East Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Ten-year-old Agathe-Christine, or 'AC' as she prefers to be called, dreams of becoming a private detective one day. Starting a small investigation bureau with the help of spy equipment and a lizard, she sets out to solve a spate of thefts that have been plaguing her local grocery shop. When she moves next door to the mysterious Vincent, AC immediately gets the sense that there's more to him than his carefree, reclusive personality lets on.

Determined to figure out what her new prime suspect's motivations are, AC begins to shadow the young skater Vincent, but she soon discovers more than she ever expected. A visually stunning story with hints of classic film noir, 'Next Door Spy' is a reminder that it is foolish to jump to conclusions about other people because not everything is what it may first seem. The film challenges archetypal characters as each protagonist is forced to look beyond the surface to appreciate the unique person that lies within.

About the Director

Karla von Bengtson studied animation at the National Danish Film School. Her graduation film 'Skyggen i Sara' won prizes at the Berlinale and the Annecy International Animated Film Festivals. Her animated short 'Tigers and Tattoos' (2010) screened at multiple international film festivals. 'Next Door Spy' is her feature debut.


Karla von Bengtson
Karla von Bengtson
Mette Valbjørn Skøtt, Fie Ørnsø
Linda Jildmalm Animation
Executive Producer
Sarita Christensen
Rodrigo Villalobos
Nathan Larson, Lanre Odunlami
Sales Company
Copenhagen Bombay
Production Company
Copenhagen Bombay
Falcon Films
Voices: Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis, Simone Edemann Møgelbjerg, Oliver Bøtcher Herlevsen, Søs Egelind, Tommy Kenter, Kristine Sloth, Dar Salim, Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt, Mille Lunderskov & Harald Kaiser-Hermann

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