Fighting Demons with Dragons

Fighting Demons With Dragons

26th TIDF: World Premiere

Three pupils on the precipice between childhood and adulthood are studying at Østerskov Boarding School, one of the most unique schools in the world; here, classes are conducted through role-playing games, and the pupils are taught to come to terms with the trauma and their fluid selves through masquerades and metamorphosis. For two school years, the film follows the pupils and their highly emotional adventure through puberty, self-discovery, and maturity, illuminating with a sharp, intimate, humorous as well as poignant gaze, the chaos, the anguish, and the inexpressible joy of the first years of one’s youth. Fighting Demons with Dragons is an homage to uniqueness and the off-kilter situation in which we all find ourselves, while the pupils’ insightful commentary on notions such as normalcy and mental illness are formulated with disarming simplicity and striking in their aptness, in a film that speaks to everyone who has ever felt odd at some point or another in their lives – in other words, to everyone.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIDF26.

Direction: Camilla Magid
Script: Camilla Magid
Cinematography: Mathias Døcker Petersen, Maria von Hausswolff
Editing: Estephan Wagner
Sound: Peter Schultz
Music: Joaquin Garcia
Production: Final Cut for Real
Producers: Heidi Elise Christensen
Co-production: We Have a Plan, Film i Skåne
Co-producers: Kerstin Übelacker, Lisa Nyed
Executive producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Denmark, Sweden
Production Year: 2024
Duration: 93'
Contact: Cinephil

Camilla Magid


2006 Τhe Black Lines (short)
2017 Land of the Free
2019 Dance Lessons (short)
2023 Girl With Goals (short, co-direction)
2024 Fighting Demons With Dragons