Hip Hip Hurrah! is not a documentary or a biography. It is a poetical, lyrical phantasy about a man who is obsessed with the idea of happiness - and at the same time a painterly genius. The film focuses on his relationship with 'the most beautiful woman in Denmark', Marie Tiepcke, who married him and became his favourite model, but who left him with a Swedish composer. The film also tells the story of Kroyer and Lille, a woman who loved him so much that she left Skagen in order to give birth to Kroyer's child. Lille did not want to make him unhappy. In the end, Kroyer hangs on the delicate thread that stretches between life and death. The film received the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival 1987.
Stellan Skarsgård, Lene Brøndum, Pia Vieth
Denmark, Norway, Sweden