About the Crew of Applause


martinMartin Pieter Zandvliet was born in Fredericia, Denmark. Zandvliet is primarily a self-taught director and writer. He began his career as an editor of feature film trailers, short films, and documentaries for various directors.  Zandvliet’s first film as a director was “Angels of Brooklyn” which won a Danish Robert award for Best Long Documentary and was also chosen for various festivals including Toronto Hot Docs and Nyon Visions Du Reel – International Film Festival in Switzerland. Transitioning from his trailer productions and documentaries, Zandvliet produced several short films as a writer and director. The multi award-winning “Applause” is Zandvliet’s first feature film.


mikaelMikael Christian Rieks was born in Slangerup, Denmark, to television producer Margit Rieks and journalist Carl-Otto Rieks. After graduating from the Copenhagen Media and Television school in 1992, Rieks has been a leading television and documentary producer in Denmark for the past 12 years. Working for the two public service broadcasters DR and TV2, he has produced a long line of international TV formats including “The Power of the Spirits,” “On the Edge of the World,” “FC Nerds,” “Grumpy Old Men,” and “Love Camp.” Rieks joined the film producer team at Nordisk Film in 2003, where he produced the documentaries “Overcoming” (Tómas Gislason, 2005) and “Ghosts of Cité Soleil” (Asger Leth, 2006) and the feature film “Karla’s World” (Charlotte Sachs Bostrup, 2007), which was nominated for Best Children/Family Film at the Robert Festival, the Oscar equivalent of Denmark. In 2008 he founded the company, Koncern Film.


andersAnders Frithiof August was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, to schoolteacher Annie Lauritsen and Academy Award winning film director Bille August (Pelle the Conquerer). After working on several features and commercials as an assistant cinematographer, he was accepted into the National Film School of Denmark’s screenwriting program, graduating in 2007. He co-wrote the short film, “Grisen” (aka “The Pig”), which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009. “Grisen” also won the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, won Best Short Film at the Miami International Short Film Festival, won the Festival Prize at the Miami Short Film Festival, and won the Audience Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival. Also in 2009, his two first feature films: the comedy “Camping” (original screenplay) and the drama “Applause” (original screenplay, co-written with the director) opened in Danish cinemas.

Director of Photography

Jesper Tøffner is a self-taught cinematographer. He started working in film in 1999 as an assistant to Jesper Jargil, director and cinematographer who created a series of documentaries on Dogme 95 director Lars Von Trier. From 2000 to 2003, he was clapper-loader/focus puller/electrician on multiple feature films and commercials. In 2003, he worked for Gubbi Film as a photographer and steadicam-operator on TV shows, short films, and music videos. Since 2004, he has been a freelance cinematographer for numerous films, commercials, TV spots, and music videos, including one with Applause actor Michael Falch from his album "Fodspor I Havet."

Film Editor

Per Sandholt has worked as an editor since 2002. He edited the feature film “AFR” and co-edited “Ma Salama Jamil” (Walk with Peace Jamil). He was the editor of “My Father From Haifa,” which was named Best Documentary at the 2010 Robert Festival, and was co-editor on the documentary films: “Ghosts of Cité Soleil,” (winner of the 2008 Directors Guild Award for Best Documentary), “Roskilde,” and “Me and Jesper.” Additionally, he has edited several music videos and commercials. Most recently, he co-edited the documentary series, “The Quatraro Mystery.”


Johannes Elling Dam is an autodidact sound engineer and sound designer. Since 2004, he has worked in films like “Ma Salama Jamil” (Walk With Peace Jamil), “Kærestesorger” (Aching Hearts), “Gasolin,” and “Applause.” Dam also works with Danish radio recordings in a variety of different musical genres.

Film Composer

Sune Martin composed music for two ballets at the Royal Danish Ballet 2005 and 2006, the documentary “Lynch” (2007), and the short films Dennis (2007) and Cathrine (2008). He is a former member of the band, Blue Foundation, which provided tracks for feature films such as “Miami Vice” and “Twilight.”

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Applause Applause

“One of the best screen performances of the year.”

- Karen Durbin, The New York Times

"Deeply affecting ... unflinchingly real."

- Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary performance by Paprika Steen.”

- Roger Ebert,The Chicago Sun-Times

"[Steen] brings a thrilling emotional nakedness and...unsentimental honesty to the part."

- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“A fearless, tour-de-force performance by star Paprika Steen...extracts the essence of Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence.”

- Alissa Simon, Variety

"Taut and daring"

- Andrew O'Hehir,, 'Pick of the Week'

One of reviewer Neil Curry's four films to watch


“Quite notable, particularly for its intense, stripped-down lead performance by Paprika Steen.

- Peter Knegt,

“A terrific performance by Danish film star Paprika Steen.”

- Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

“Though utterly convincing as a renowned theater actress, it's clear from her work in Applause that Paprika Steen has a face for the camera [and] considerable on-screen magnetism...[A] journey [of] melancholy self-realization.”

- Matthew Connolly, Slant magazine

"Paprika Steen is absolutely harrowing and brilliant."

 - Chris Kriofske, Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film