The Penultimate

  • Feature
  • 2020
  • 120 Minutes
  • Denmark
  • Language: Danish

A Kafkaesque tale about an insignificant water inspector who arrives at a giant remote building to register the residents’ water meters. Before he knows of it, he finds himself trapped inside the building facing an “Alice in NO Wonderland”-like maze of obstacles. In his attempt to escape, perception of reality, the rational, and the remnants of his human existence are turned upside down.

Director: Jonas Kærup Hjort

Screenwriter: Jonas Kærup Hjort

Premier Status: National premiere



2020: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

2021: Hong Kong International Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Jonas Kærup Hjort

Producer: Rikke Tambo Andersen

Editor: Jonas Kærup Hjort

Music: Sven Dam Meinild, Thomas Dybdahl

Sound: Lars Halvorsen, Rune Palving, Håvard Rosenberg, Mia Joanna Koskela Michaelsen

DOP / Camera: Jacob Sofussen

Cast: Joen Højerslev, Joen Bille, Anne Fletting, Malene Melsen


Jonas Kærup Hjort

Director, screenwriter. Born 1983. Graduated as director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2017. Kærup Hjort has a background in theatre as both actor and director. His graduation short “In a Month” won three awards at the Danish Ekko Shortlist Award in 2018. Kærup Hjort makes his feature film debut with the black comedy “Den Næstsidste” (2021).

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