August 11, 2023

‘Nightwatch – Demons are forever’

Ulf Pilgaard and Christopher Læssø stars in Ole Bornedal’s thriller sequel 'Nightwatch – Demons Are Forever.' The sequel to the giant success 'Nightwatch' from 1994. The film was shot earlier this year in Denmark with a cast led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and is being readied for a Christmas 2023 release.

The original 'Nightwatchhad more than 465,000 admissions in Denmark and played in Cannes Critics’ Week, Toronto and Berlinale. A US remake starred Ewan McGregor and Nick Nolte. The original story was about a serial killer and a young law student (Coster-Waldau) working the night shift at a Copenhagen hospital.

Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) again stars, alongside two other castmates from the original – Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) and Ulf Pilgaard (Borgen) as well as Fanny Bornedal (Borgen), Paprika Steen (Silent Heart), Sonja Richter (The Keeper of Lost Causes), Alex Høgh Andersen (Vikings) and Christopher Læssø (The Square).

The story follows a young medical student who is on the nightwatch at a forensic department; she is haunted by her parents’ troubled past and the psychopath who destroyed their lives. She decides to wake the psychopath from his coma and awakens bloody revenge.

Thomas Heinesen produces for Nordisk Film Production. The film is supported by The Danish Film Institute, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje and Nordisk Film & TV Fond in collaboration with DR, ZDF and Nadcon.

Bornedal said of the sequel: “'Nightwatch' is about legacy. About the silence in families. About the traumas and cuts and wounds that are allowed to live through generations. And in addition, it is exciting to return to the condensed genre that horror is. Kiss the demons - pull them into the light for a little moment. Look them in the eyes and think: “Good thing it’s only a film”.

'Nightwatch – Demons Are Forever' is being readied for a Christmas 2023 release in Denmark.

Photo / Nordisk Film

July 26, 2023

Sarah Juel Werner in ‘The Idiot’

Sarah Juel Werner plays the leading actress as Cille, in the up-coming feature film 'The Idiot' directed by Kasper Rune Larsen.

After falling in love, Tobias and Cille begin to change their lives. Tobias has finished rehab, and Cille is slowly getting back to a normal life after several years of mental and physical illness. The young couple are now expecting their first child, but the happy circumstances prove to be a setback as their unfortunate past clings to them.

During a clarification course, Tobias has discovered that his calling in life is to become an actor; one who can entertain and bring joy. But those closest to Tobias do not support him - and instead try to pull him down. The authorities begin to question whether the young couple is even fit to become parents.

'The Idiot' is produced by Henrik Underberg at Stray Dog Production and distributed by Angel Film.
The film premieres in cinemas on August 31. ☀️

Photo / Stroud Rohde Pearce

July 7, 2023

Maria Rich plays Ingrid in ‘Anker’

Filming for the upcoming docudrama Tv series 'Anker' has just started. The series is based on the major events in Anker Jørgensen's life and career, and Lars Ranthe stars in the lead role as Anker - and opposite him is Maria Rich as Anker's wife, Ingrid. Lisbet Dahl plays Anker's aunt, Carla.

He has been called Denmark's most popular Prime Minister. But his life was full of fierce battles in the political arena - and drama in family life. Through three episodes, the docudrama series 'Anker' tells the story of the social democrat Anker Jørgensen's life and career in the years 1972 to 1979.

Using archival material from the time, the story ties reality and dramatizations together in a portrait that shows both great ups and downs for the politician and the person Anker Jørgensen. The series is based on real events, which are described in books, articles and Anker Jørgensen's diaries, just as the production has interviewed a number of Anker's former colleagues over several years. The editorial team behind 'Anker' consists of Søren Steen Jespersen, Bo Tengberg and Troels Uhrbrand Rasmussen.

"We have carried out thorough research of both written and oral sources - from Anker's political colleagues to his survivors. We have also done extensive archival research, which contributes significantly to the image of Anker Jørgensen and of Denmark in the 1970s", says editorial manager at Pipeline Production, Søren Steen Jespersen.

'Anker' takes place in 1972, when Anker Jørgensen - very surprisingly - becomes Prime Minister, and the series follows him through a hectic decade, where he first loses power, but later regains the prime ministership several times. It is a period of oil crisis, war and new political winds, such as when Mogens Glistrup and the Progress Party storm into the Folketing in the landslide election in 1973. And at the same time, it is a turbulent year in Anker's own family, where, as in the rest of society, there is a settlement with the established norms.

"The idea for 'Anker' stems from a fascination with a time of great change. A time that offers many parallels to our present - with a youth fighting for equal rights and the climate, a war that triggers the oil crisis and inflation and a breakdown in the political environment. It is also the fascination of a man who, despite all odds, fought his way up in society and became prime minister", says director Bo Tengberg.

"We hope that the viewers can see themselves in the social crises that Denmark faced at the time, but that they can also see themselves in the private person Anker and the universal dilemmas he finds himself in", adds Søren Steen Jespersen.

From Christiansborg we meet politicians Erhard Jakobsen, Ritt Bjerregaard, Per Hækkerup, Mogens Glistrup, Svend Auken, Jens Otto Krag, Henning Christophersen and Knud Heinesen. The roles are taken by, among others, Ole Lemmeke, Natalie Madueño, Ole Boisen, Esben Dalgaard, Magnus Haugaard, Frank Thiel, Jesper Ole Feit Andersen and Carsten Svendsen. Jens Jørn Spottag plays the role of LO's chairman, Thomas Nielsen.

The docudrama series 'Anker' has three episodes and is produced by Pipeline Production for TV 2 by producer Troels Uhrbrand Rasmussen with support from the Danish Film Institute's Public Service Pool.

'Anker' is expected to be shown on TV 2 and TV 2 Play around the turn of the year 2023/2024.

Photo / Henrik Petit, TV 2

June 28, 2023

Christopher Læssø stars in ‘Ehrengard – The Art of Seduction’ a new Bille August film

Based on the Karen Blixen novel ’Ehrengard’ from 1962, director Bille August and Netflix comes together filming a new movie. Sidse Babett Knudsen and Mikkel Boe Følgaard stars in the lead roles. Christopher Læssø stars in a supporting role.

The film premieres globally on September 14, 2023 on Netflix.

The film takes place in the fairytale-univers 'Babenhauen', where the young self-appointed love expert, Cazotte gets hired by the scheming great-dutchess to help the prince find a princess and secure an heir to the throne. However, the plan backfires and when an heir is consieved outside of marriage, the royal family must escape to the Rosenbad castle. In the meantime, Cazotte falls in love with the maid Ehrengard and he slowly comes to the realization, that he is no love expert after all. 

Photo: Christian Geisnæs /Netflix

Anders August (‘Lykke-Per’, 2018 and ‘Marco Effekten’, 2021) has written the manuscript, while the scenography is by the Queen Margrethe II of Denmark who has a previous history of being a scenographer for the royal theatre through the years. Marcella Dichmann has produced for SF-Studios.

Photo Credit: Jacob Jørgensen

Director Bille August says:” To have Ehrengard filmed as a Netflix-movie is a big oppotunity – and I am thrilled to introduce this fascinating story about seduction and lust to a global audience. The queen has created the most amazing decoupage to the event, and they will be the dominant feature of the film’s overall scenographic expression.”

March 31, 2023

Rasmus Hammerich in ‘Cykose’

SF Studios has begun filming the supernatural thriller CYKOSE with two of the country’s big new talents Zoe Bryan Hertz and August Issac Carter. The film is based on Birgitte Lorentzens book by the same name. CYKOSE is directed by Kari Vidø, written by Birgitte Lorentzsen and Henrik Kristensen.

CYKOSE is based on the first book in Birgitte Lorentzens popular CYKOSE trilogy. The CYKOSE Trilogy has collected huge acknowledgement and is the first Danish novel to be nominated to the prestigious French book award “Le Prix de Incorruptibles”. 

Photo / Kavian Borhani

CYKOSE is a dark and intense story about Lulu and Mads, who both have experienced something extreme and supernatural. The meeting between them, leads to a wild and risky search for answers, that ends up having consequences for them both. It is raw realism merged with a supernatural universe. 

After a party with a little too many shots, Lulu ends up in the hospital, where she in a near-death-experience sees a crowned girl, screaming for help. When Lulu comes to her senses, the girl is gone. But from this moment, nothing is as it was. It is like someone, or something is following her. At the same time, she meets the infamous, but fascinating Mads, who turns out to be able to see thing, no one else can. Had Lulu known, what would happen and what it would lead to, she would have stayed far away from Mads…

Producer Julie Rix Bomholt says: “It is an incredible and unique opportunity to work with a pure genre film which also touches an important and current theme. Zoe and August ARE Lulu and Mads, and we pinch ourselves to have found two such talented and young actors. They have a very special presence and a mutual intensity that almost sparks. We can’t wait to watch their talent unfold on the camera and on the big screen”.

Photo / HEIN

21 years old Zoe Bryan Hertz, who portrays the main character Lulu, was first noticed in Jonas Rigsvigs DR-series “Salsa” and again in his criminal-series “Drenge”. It is Zoe’s first big lead, her first movie and first time to play opposite August Issac Carter. August, 25 years old, who portrays Mads, has graduated from Den Danske Scenekunstskole in Copenhagen, and recently got the part of the lead character in the DR3-series “Hooligan”. He has previously had a minor part in Martin Zandvliets “Under sandet” and the Netflix-series “Equinox”. August has just premiered in the award-winning show “Arven” at the royal Danish theatre.

CYKLOSE is filmed in Copenhagen and on Frederiksberg where it began filming this Monday and is set to have last day of filming in the beginning of May. CYKOSE is set to premiere in March 2024. 

January 23, 2023

‘TROM’ is nominated at ‘Tv-Prisen 2023’

Maria Rich plays the leading role in 'TROM'. The series has just been nominated in the category 'Best Fiction Long'. The award show will be on March 4 in Copenhagen.

January 23, 2023

Thomas Diepeveen in TV2’ new series ‘Chorus Girls’

We find ourselves in 1975, where eight young and beautiful female dancers have been chosen to their dream job in the Danish show Cirkusrevyen. The series turns the camera to the girls and zooms in on the slightly dressed dancers starring behind the great stars in the show.

The Danish tradition of revue is a piece of history itself, and a tradition the writers love and is very fascinated by. The series is an energetic cocktail of humor, pain, show, and unity served in a modern way, cause even though the show is set in the 70’s, it is not a series for the museum. 

'Chorus Girls' is an entertaining and relevant series, where we are re-telling a piece of the Danish history and tries to makes up for the blind side, where we have been reduced women as a background extra in the world. In these years we are in a progress of a paradigm shift, and therefore there is room for new stories and a critical look at the past”, says the two creators, Ditte Hansen and Louise Mieritz. 

They continue: “The last couple of years we have learned though the MeToo-movement, that there still are a large culture of silence that must be dealt with. Women still need to share their stories and to be believed in, to find the strength to change. By placing our history in 1975 we make a perspective to the present and understands that this is not something we can solve in one day, because sexism unfortunately is so deeply anchored in our culture and our history. Therefore, it is important to talk open about it, rewrite the history and don’t become silent again.”

The series is an ensemble story about eight women and the main character, the dancer Sussie is portrayed by Marie Bach Hansen, while the other dancers is played by Mille Lehfeldt, Olivia Joof Lewerissa, Marie Reuther, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Nanna Finding Koppel, Coco Hjardemaal and Rebecca Rønde Kiilerich. Other cast members include Anders W. Berthelsen, Jakob Oftebro, Esben Dalgaard, Louise Mieritz, Ditte Hansen, Annika Aakjær, Helle Dolleris and Andreas Bo. 

'Chorus Girls' is written and instructed by Ditte Hansen and Louise Mieritz, and the series is produced by Apple Tree Production with Piv Bernth as exective producer, Dorthe Riis Lauridsen as producer and Jennifer Green as executive producer for TV2. 

The Tv-series is premiered on TV2 and TV2 Play on the 29th of January 2023. 

January 16, 2023

Christopher Læssø in ‘Empire’

Christopher Læssø stars in a supporting role in 'Empire'. The feature film will celebrate the world premiere in the Nordic Competition at Göteborgborg Film Festival starting on January 26.

EMPIRE is a story about power and mutual addiction, and with both deep seriousness and absurd humor it challenges the Danish historical amnesia. The movie is set on Saint Croix, the Danish west Indian islands, and the year is 1848. Anna Heegaard and Petrine is close friends. They are both women of color, but their way of life are completely different. Anna is a free woman and owner of the enslaved Petrine. Anna is living with the general governor Peter von Scholten at their country house, where she runs the house, the economy, and the beloved and trusted housekeeper Petrine. Everything is as it’s supposed to be, until the rumor about a rebellion begins to spread. Which side is Anna and Petrine standing on - and is it the same? 

EMPIRE is nominated for the main competition at Gøteborg Film Festival and the prestigious Dragon Award, and thereby gets its world premiere at the film festival.

EMPIRE is Frederikke Aspöcks first historical project: “The movie turns the Danish colonial history upside down and challenges Denmark’s romanticized self-image. The world history is as known written by and for white men. EMPIRE has therefore conscious placed Afro-Caribbean female characters in the center of the narrative – enslaved as well as free”, says Frederikke Aspöck. 

Anna Neye continues: “The same way women have been outwritten from the history of Denmark, the many colored Danish lives, have been as well. Visibility matters. EMPIRE is an art back-stage history experienced from a female perspective, where we have strived to dare to create colored people as whole characters. As a colored Dane, I sincerely hope the time, where colored Danes is just a footnote in the Danish history, has come to an end. It would be nice if we at least have our own chapter”. 

Screenwriter Anna Neye is best known for the satire-series “Normalerweize” (2004-2011), which she developed together with Lærke Winther. She received the Danish Dramatist’s talent award in 2007 and has since 2009 primarily been occupied as a screenwriter. Anna got the idea for EMPIRE after a trip to the Danish West Indies, where she afterwards contacted Frederikke Aspöck. 

EMPIRE is starring Anna Neye and Sara Fanta Traore in the leading roles as Anna and Petrine, while Claus Riis Østergaard plays von Scholten and Admiral Irminger is played by Jesper Groth.

It premieres in Danish cinemas on April 20.

Photo / Håvard Schei

January 6, 2023

‘The Last Sacrament’ nominated for a Robert

THE LAST SACRAMENT starring Rasmus Hammerich in the leading role as William is nominated for The Danish Academy Awards - Robert Prisen 2023 in the category 'Best Short Film - fiction/animation'. 

The catholic priest William has after a tough up growing devoted his life to the church and God. Before the funeral of a young woman, William is sought up by the deceased father Torben, who confesses disturbing sins, which he has committed though his daughter’s childhood. A suspicion of abuse overwhelms Williams, and when he learns that Torben is now supposed to take care of his grandchild after the death of his daughter, a race against time begins. 

The awards show will be on February 4 in Copenhagen.

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