Why is it so important to have a place called home? Doel is a ghost town in Belgium surrounded by a nuclear power plant, a gigantic container dock, and the port of Antwerp. For decades the inhabitants have been battling the authorities who want to tear down the town and build a new container dock. Now there are only 24 inhabitants left – a colorful crowd of common and uncommon people struggling with techno ravers, curious urban explorers, and political havoc while clinging onto the idea of keeping their vandalized and abandoned town alive. Frederik Sølberg‘s fun, quirky, and slow cinematic debut film about the outskirts of Europe is a visually stunning portrait of a ghost town and its 24 inhabitants trying to hold on to the dream that their town is a town and their home is a home. ‘Doel’ is loaded with subtle humour, visual excess, and crooked cinematic tableau shots. The pace of the film is slow and lingering – often interrupted by abrupt editing and poignant sound design creating a dynamic, refreshing, and adverse expression.

Director: Frederik Sølberg
Director of Photography: Jonathan Wannyn
Assistant Director: Sam Peeters
Sound Recording: Neal Willaert
Editing: Mads Hedegaard
Sound Design: Søren Bendz
Sound Mix: Andreas Sandborg
Colorgrading: Jian Zhi Zhang
Music: Anders Rhedin, Anders B. Mannov, Lavvi Ebbel
Translation: Sanne This, Sam Peeters,
Co-produced by: Puk Eisenhardt Lodal
Executive Producers: Helle Faber, Eurydice Gysel, Thor Hampus Bank, Emil Johnsen

Produced by Made In Copenhagen. Co-produced by Czar Film & TV, LOOKING FORWARD, and GotFat Productions.

Made In Copenhagen, Czar Film & TV

Bio Director
Frederik Sølberg is a Copenhagen based award-winning Danish filmmaker, producer, and musician. Frederik has for many years been an active part of the Copenhagen indie music scene playing in various bands, directing music videos & visuals, and touring in Europe and USA. At the same time Frederik has been directing music videos, TV documentaries, and commercials for artists, broadcasters, and clients like DR, Canvas, CPH:DOX, Captured Tracks, Sony Music, Choir Of Young Believers, and Henrik Vibskov. “DOEL“ is Frederik‘s debut documentary feature film and had its sold out World Premiere at CPH:DOX 2018 in the NEXT:WAVE competition.

Festival selections & Awards

  • International premiere, New Talent Competition, at Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2018
  • Winner Best Feature Film at DokuBaku, 2018
  • Nominated for NEXT:WAVE Award at CPH:DOX, 2018
  • Nominated for Doc Alliance Award, 2018
  • Selected for Visions du Réel, Switzerland, 2018
  • Selected for DMZ Docs, International Competition, South Korea, 2018
  • Selected for DokuFest, International Competition, Kosovo, 2018
  • Selected for DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2018
  • Selected for Rudnik IDDFF, International Competition, Russia, 2018
  • Selected for Black Canvas International Film Festival, Mexico, 2018
  • Selected for IndieCork, Ireland, 2018
  • Selected for Escales Documentaires, International Competition, France, 2018
  • Selected for Viewpoint IDFF, Belgium, 2019
  • Selected for BelDocs, International Competition, Serbia, 2019
  • Selected for Arquiteturas Film Festival, International Competition, Portugal, 2019