Flee (2021)


Flee (2021)

An animated documentary telling the true story about a man's need to confront his past in order to truly have a future. Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, at 36, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for over 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself. For the first time, he is sharing his story with his close friend.
IMDb   8.0 /10
Metacritic   91 %
TheMovieDb    8.5 /10
RottenTomatoes  97 %
FilmAffinity   7.3 /10
Release Date2021-06-17
Runtime1h 23min
GenreDocumentary, Animation
Content Rating
Awards5 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyFinal Cut for Real, Sun Creature Studio, Vivement Lundi
CountryDenmark, France, Sweden, Norway, USA, Slovenia, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Finland
LanguageDanish, English, Dari, Russian, Swedish
Rashid Aitouganov
Rashid Aitouganov

Flee (film)

Flee (Danish: Flugt) is a 2021 internationally co-produced animated documentary film, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, written by Poher Rasmussen and Amin. It follows the story of a man named Amin, who shares his hidden past for the first time, of fleeing his country. Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau serve as executive producers.

The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2021. It is scheduled to be released in theaters by NEON and Participant on December 3, 2021. It was selected as the Danish entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.


The film follows Amin, who, on the verge of marrying his husband, shares his story for the first time about his hidden past fleeing his home country of Afghanistan to Denmark as a refugee.


In January 2021, it was announced Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau would serve as executive producers on the film, and narrate an English-language version of the film.


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2021. Shortly after, Neon/Participant, Curzon Artificial Eye and Haut et Court acquired US, British and French distribution rights to the film respectively. The film was initially set to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2020, but the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also screened at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2021 New York Film Festival in September 2021.

The film is scheduled to be released in theaters by NEON and Participant on December 3, 2021.

Critical reception

Flee received critical acclaim, with Sundance juror Kim Longinotto calling it "an instant classic" at the festival's awards ceremony. It holds a 97% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 68 reviews, with a weighted average of 8.50/10. The critics consensus reads "Depicting the refugee experience through vivid animation, Flee pushes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking to present a moving memoir of self-discovery." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 88 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".

Awards and nominations

At Sundance, the film won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section. It was subsequently screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Feature Film.

At the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was second runner-up for the People's Choice Award for Documentaries. It is also nominated for two Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, for Best Feature and Best Director.

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef.
Sundance Film FestivalFebruary 3, 2021World Cinema Documentary CompetitionFleeWon
Annecy International Animation Film FestivalJune 19, 2021Best FeatureWon
Gan Foundation Award for DistributionWon
Best Original Music for a Feature FilmUno HelmerssonWon
Toronto International Film FestivalSeptember 18, 2021People's Choice Award for DocumentariesFleeRunner-up
Out on FilmOctober 22, 2021Best International Film - Audience AwardWon
Animation is FilmOctober 26, 2021Grand PrizeWon
Montclair Film FestivalNovember 2, 2021Audience Award for World CinemaWon
Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary FeatureJonas Poher RasmussenWon
Newport Beach Film FestivalNovember 3, 2021Best Animated Feature - Audience AwardFleeWon
Critics' Choice Documentary AwardsNovember 14, 2021Best Documentary FeatureNominated
Best DirectorJonas Poher RasmussenNominated
Gotham Independent Film AwardsNovember 29, 2021Best Documentary FeatureFleePending
British Independent Film AwardsDecember 5, 2021Best International Independent FilmJonas Poher Rasmussen, Amin Nawabi, Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge SørensenPending
European Film AwardsDecember 11, 2021Best Documentary FilmFleePending
Best Animated Feature FilmPending
Cinema Eye HonorsJanuary 13, 2022Outstanding Non-Fiction Feature FeatureJonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström and Signe Byrge SørensenPending
Audience Choice PrizeJonas Poher RasmussenPending
Outstanding DirectionPending
Outstanding ProductionMonica Hellström and Signe Byrge SørensenPending
Outstanding Original ScoreUno HelmerssonPending
Outstanding Sound DesignEdward Björner and Tormod RingnesPending
Outstanding Graphic Design/AnimationKenneth LadekjærPending
The UnforgettablesAminWon