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The man who saved the world

“Few people know of Stanislav Petrov… yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him.”

The Man Who Saved the World (Starring: Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner) tells the gripping true story of Stanislav Petrov – a man who single-handedly averted a full- scale NUCLEAR WORLD WAR, but now struggles to get his life back on track… before it is too late.

An epic and grand Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine and shows us just how close we came to Apocalypse … and it’s not over yet! With a NEW COLD WAR rising and thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert, we still live under the same catastrophic danger that Stanislav faced back then.

“I have never been more fearful. There is greater than 50 percent probability of a nuclear strike on US targets within a decade.”

– William S. Perry, former Secretary of Defense

About the director

Peter Anthony (b. May 19, 1971) is a Danish director, screenwriter, set designer, architect and graphic designer. Graduating from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1999) with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1996), Anthony first started his professional work within architecture, art direction and graphic design. After graduation, Anthony worked as an architect and art director with several prestigious assignments for, among other things, GL STRAND (Denmark). Later, Anthony, also a skilled painter, was drawn to direction and the art of storytelling. Getting more and more involved in theater, documentary filmmaking and feature short films, Anthony has worked both as a producer, director and screenwriter. In 2001, he used his talents as a set designer on Denmark’s Radio’s interactive flagship program, ROFL, which won an Emmy. In 2002, Anthony was admitted into Super 16, a film school located at Nordisk Film (Denmark), housing the nation’s most promising young talents. Anthony now has more than twelve years of experience working on various national and international film productions. He also produced the music video for Danish rapper LOC, which was a Grammy® nominee for Best Music Video. In addition, Anthony has worked on short films as a director producer: Fat Boy and Candela, which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He worked as a director on the international feature-length films Utzon Returns and War & Love. The Man Who Saved the World is Anthony’s international debut as a feature-length film director. In the hybrid drama, mixing nonfiction with narrative fiction, telling the epic Cold War thriller of Stanislav Petrov that will send shivers down your spine, Anthony has been fortunate to be able to draw on his diverse skillset within the different aspects of the arts. In addition to serving as the film’s director, Anthony also contributed as a scriptwriter, co-editor, set design consultant and graphic designer. Anthony’s inspiration emanated from a fascination with Petrov’s unique story, driving Anthony to create a spectacular and epic piece about a crucial time of history.    


Production info

Title: The Man Who Saved the World

Genre: Documentary

Release year: 2014

Length: 105 min


Director: Peter Anthony

Producers: Jakob Staberg

Editor: Morten Højbjerg

Music by: Kristian Eidnes Andersen

Cinematography by: Kim Hattesen, Anders Löfstedt.


Woodstock Film Festival 2014 (Honorable Mention: Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature & Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature)

Sunscreen Film Festival, US 2015 (Festival Prize: Best Feature Film)

Robert Festival / Danish Film Academy Award 2016 (Robert: Best Documentary (Årets dokumentarfilm))

Bodil Awards / Danish Film Critics Award 2016 (Bodil: Best Documentary (Bedste dokumentarfilm))


In selection: Woodstock Film Festival 2014, CPH:DOX 2014, Nordic:Dox 2014, hotDOCS Toronto 2014, Starz Denver Film Festival 2014