René Sascha Johannsen filmed The Red Chapel in North Korea in 2006
and edited it first into a tv-series in 4 episodes for the Danish National Broadcast.
In 2009 it was picked up by Lars Von Triers company – Zentropa and René edited the series into a 90 min’s feature.

The feature length film version of “The Red Chapel” was awarded
“Judges World Documentary Cinema Prize” at The Sundance Film Festival 2010.
René was also nominated for “The Golden Frog” at Camerimage 2010 for his cinematography.

The Film is available at American Netflix.
DRK på Netflix

Original Site
Sundance info

Sundance winning Director of The Red Chapel, Mads Brügger in his hotelroom - Pyongiang, North Korea 2006

Director Mads Brügger in North Korea 2006 Shot by René Sascha Johannsen


Directed by Rene Sascha Johannsen

Lukas Graham in the US – DALI (6 ep’s)

Lukas Graham in the US – DALI (6 ep’s)


The ongoing series of so far 6 episodes (12-15 min’s) is financed by DALI Speakers. It’s a branded content series about Danish born singer Lukas Graham. Lukas had massive success in Europe and René documents the continuous success from when he showcases in NYC and LA and is signed by Warner Bros up until the madness that awakes as the song 7 Years is released and the band is up for 3 Grammy nominations. In an intense portrait we feel his pain from the recent loss of his father and follow his ups and downs in the studio and on tour.

René has had absolutely free hands to follow along and tell the story of what has now become his friends.