The Visit

A film by Michael Madsen
DK/A/IRL/FIN/NOR 2015, 83 Min.
RED 4K / DCP, Cinemascope (1:2,66)



A Documentary from Outer Space


THE VISIT is a documentary with comedy elements, and a philosophical exploration of our fear of strangers through the ultimate threat to our self-image: The discovery of Alien Intelligent Life.


In Vienna lies the UN-city, with its late 1970’s architecture and its extra-territorial status not unlike a giant spacecraft that has landed in the middle of the civilized world. Inside this impressive institution representing our belief in humanity, resides the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs – the OOSA.


THE VISIT opens with a close-up of an animal. It instinctively reacts to something unknown. Inside the OOSA, a phone rings. Deputy Director-General, astro-physicist, Dr. Mazlan Othman, is informed that an alien has arrived...  




Director and Script: 

Michael Madsen



Heikki Färm



Stefan Sundlöf

Nathan Nugent


Sound design:

Peter Albrechtsen


Sound Artist:

Øivind Weingaarde


Phantom Camera Operator: 

Stefan Maitz

Eva Mittermüller


Production Manager:

Flavio Marchetti



Lise Lense-Møller



Michael Kitzberger

Wolfgang Widerhofer

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Markus Glaser

Andrew Freedman

Sami Jahnukainen

Carsten Aanonsen



Magic Hour Films, Denmark

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH, Austria

Venom Films, Ireland

Mouka Filmi, Finland

Indie Film, Norway


With support of:

Österreichisches Filminstitut 

Filmfonds Wien

FISA - Filmstandort Austria

Land Niederösterreich


Danish Film Institute

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

The Irish Film Board

Section 481

Screen Scene

The Finnish Film Foundation

Norwegian Film Institute

MEDIA – slate funding








World Sales:
Autlook Filmsales


Please be aware that these photos are available exclusively for work associated with the film, duplication for use elsewhere is prohibited without express permission.
© Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH

Watch now

Worldwide: on Vimeo
DVD at Amazon
Online on Amazon


Sundance Film Festival, 2015
Visions du Réel, Nyon, 2015
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto, 2015
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX, 2015
Docaviv International Film Festival, Tel Aviv, 2015
Cleveland International Film Festival, 2015
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2015
Filmfest München, 2015
Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Leuven, 2015
Moscow International Film Festival, 2015
Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico City, 2015
Crossing Europe Filmfestival, Linz, 2015
Istanbul Film Festival, 2015
Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw, 2015