On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction

Carl & The Janitor

Thomas Levin


Carl & The Janitor is the moving story of a friendship between 10-year-old Carl (Jacob Levin-Christensen) and the 56-year-old janitor at Carl’s school, Richard (Søren Malling). Carl is all about distance, time, and the infinity of space. Richard is a bit more pragmatic and mainly concerned with the length of his 36 pages to-do-list, and the simple joy of drinking an ice-cold orange soda. Two outsiders who, in each their own way, support and help each other through the challenges of everyday life. But Carl’s mother (Laura Christensen) has finally decided to move Carl to a special school which she hopes will be more suited to his needs. And after a six-week lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in which Carl, Richard, and Richard’s dog, Albert, had the entire school to themselves, the time has come to say goodbye.

Thomas Levin is an award-winning Danish actor, director, and writer. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and studied acting in New York City at The William Esper Studio, with David Gideon. Since 1998, he has appeared in numerous stage productions, films, and TV shows. Amongst his credits as an actor are tv-series BORGEN, tv-series NORSKOV, tv-series ALEX RIDER (supporting), and upcoming RTÉ/BBC-drama-series SMOTHER. As a playwright, he has had multiple plays produced and performed, including PETER AND THE MOOSE, for which he received ‘Best Playwright of the Year’ in 2012. CARL & THE JANITOR is his second short film as a writer and director.