March 16, 2023

Christopher Læssø stars in ‘Ehrengard´- 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. Christopher Læssø stars in a supporting role. 

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 Credit: Jacob Jørgensen

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.

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.”

The film premieres on Netflix in September 2023. 

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.

January 1, 2023

Jens Sætter-Lassen as young C.F Tietgen in ‘Matadorerne’

In the end of the 19th century, an intense power game unfolds between the undisrupted kings of the Danish banking world: C.F Tietgen and Isak Glückstadt. In 'Matadorene' we follow the two men’s rivalry to become the biggest bank matador in Denmark. A battle that in many ways has shaped the Denmark we know today. 

The series is about Tietgens journey from a poor childhood in Odense to him becoming one of the most powerful men in Denmark – the president for Privatbanken. Though he is not alone with the ambition about being on top financially, and the president for the competitive bank, Landmandsbanken, Isak Glückstadt has the same ambitions. The two men begins decades of feuding, which in the end culminates in a fierce showdown for the financial supremacy in Copenhagen. 

“What these two men have meant for the Danish history is in itself deeply fascinating, but we still want to go even further and give the viewers an understanding for the people behind, and what shaped them” says DR-program manager Anne Garlich. 

Jens Sætter-Lassen is cast as a young C.F. Tiegten in episode one, while Mikael Birkkjær plays the older C.F Tietgen, starring from episode two. Other cast members include Nicolai Dahl Hamilton as Isak Glückstadt, Jesper Christensen as H. N. Andersen and Martin Greis-Rosenthal as Emil Glückstadt. Mia Wagner and Johannes Langkilde guides us through the history as hosts of all four episodes. 

The series 'Matadorerne' can be viewed on DR1 every Sunday at 20.00 or on DRTV. The total of the series is four episodes. 

November 9, 2022

Rasmus Hammerich in a supporting role in the new Department Q film ‘Boundless’

The popular series about Carl Mørck and Department Q, is returning to the big screen with the film adaption of the 6th book. The new Danish crime thriller 'Boundless' is based on fiction guru Jussi Adler-Olsen’s 'Den Grænseløse'.

Nordisk Film has confirmed that ‘Boundless’ has started filming in the beginning of September 2022, where Rasmus Hammerich has landed a supporting role. The filming takes place in Latvia, Copenhagen and on the Danish island Bornholm, where the movie is also set. The popular duo of Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad is sent on a mission to the Danish island, where an old mystery about a dead girl hanging from a tree is brought to life and leads to a secret solar cult on the island. 

Danish director Ole Christian Madsen, credited for the HBO series “Banshee” (2013-16) and WWII drama “Flame & Citron” starring Mads Mikkelsen, has taken up the challenge of bringing Adler-Olsen’s suspenseful universe to the silver screens, working from a script by Jakob Weis.

Christian Madsen will reunite with his “Banshee” actor Ulrich Thomsen. The latter reprises the role of detective Carl Mørck, which he played in Nordisk Film Production’s previous Department Q film version, “The Marco Effect”.

“’Boundless’ is a thought-provoking and fascinating thriller about revenge, power and submission, but especially about the limitlessness of people. In a world like today that has so many ways never been more limitless, ‘Boundless’ becomes unsettlingly present and current. Jakob Weis has written a nerve-wracking, action-packed and characterful script based on Jussi's book. And I agreed to direct the film because I think it has great potential to be an entertaining and relevant thriller with a creepy look into a fascinating and closed world.” Ole Christian Madsen says about making the movie. 

'Boundless' is set to be released in theatres on feburary 1st 2024.  

September 24, 2022

Jesper Tøffner is behind the camera and Aske Bang stars in new comedy

Jesper Tøffner is the D.O.P. on the film 'Højest Besynderlige Typer' with Brian Lykke, Rasmus Bjerg and Thit Aaberg in the leading roles, while Aske Bang lands a supporting role. 'Højest Besynderlige Typer' is Mikael Wulff's new comedy, a different feel good movie about a crazy road trip through a magical Copenhagen in the summertime.

'Højest Besynderlige Typer' is a comedy about three odd existences, who meet at a place in life, where they need each other and whatever they can get out of a friendship. They bring the best and the worst out in each other, but above all they help each other. 

Martin (Brian Lykke) has everything – he’s in his 40’s, quick in the line and is ready to propose to his beautiful girlfriend Cecilie. But then everything goes wrong. Cecilie declines!? Completely disillusioned, he gets wasted and wakes up the next day in a shared apartment. Here he concludes that everything in his life has gone wrong, that he needs to get away and start on a fresh. On the way to the airport and determent on this being the last day in his old life, he coincidently bumps into his old friend Knud (Rasmus Bjerg) and Freja (Thit Aaberg) – a young girl from the shared apartment. This unusual threesome makes a strange companion on a trip that will turn out to be that they have more in common than they have ever thought. 

Mikael Wulff says about the movie: “I have in most of my adult life worked and been surrounded by people who excels in using humor and language to their advantage. I am myself one of those disarmament people, but I have discovered that a part of this virtuosity also contains another agenda than to entertain – to push people away, suppress the truth and the difficult. This I where the noble art of irony is cultivated. 'Højest Besynderlige Typer' about three linguistically well-versed people – two of my generation and one from a younger and new generation – all of them has been abandoned and carries a deep pain. The movie reflects time and space, a day and a half in a magical summer I Copenhagen full of hope and healing”. 

New Creations is producing while SF Studios distributes. The movies is set to premiere in Danish theatres in 2023. 

September 22, 2022

Julie R. Ølgaard and Christopher Læssø in new psychological thriller

'The Angel Maker' is an intense psychological thriller starring Julie R. Ølgaard, Christopher Læssø, Roland Møller and Stine Stengade in the leading roles. 'The Angel Maker' is based on an original idea by Julie R. Ølgaard, who is also the conceptual director, together with Esben Tønnesen. Therefore, Julie R. Ølgaard both stars and co-directs, in addition to have written and produced. 'The Angel Maker' is set to premiere in 2023. 

'The Angel Maker' is a brutal thriller about the criminal detector Laura, who specializes in cybercriminality. She has been off work sick due to a psychosis after a postpartum depression, but she coincidently falls over a case about a beastly serial killer. This wakes up her interest, and she decides, that it is time for her to return. 

Julie R. Ølgaard says: 'The Angel Maker' is on many levels inspired by my experiences when I gave birth to a child too soon. The trauma after a complicated birth and abortions becomes – even today – often overlooked or neglected. Therefore, the dominating theme has from the start been to see Lauras struggle to find a sadistic serial killer, but also feel her and her struggle to get back on track after at wrecked mind and a late abortion”. 

Julie R. Ølgaard has written the manuscript together with Yusuf Othman and 'The Angel Maker' is about both murder, destructive love, and mental illness. “The movie is a tough and honest picture of being a woman in todays Denmark. It is about the demands the world has and especially the demands we have to ourselves – how it affects us and in worst case destroy us. In The Angel Maker' we bith see Laura in her struggle to recover and stand out professional but also her inner personal and exhausting struggle, which unfolds alongside the investigation work”, concludes Julie R. Ølgaard. 

'The Angel Maker' starts filming on Monday September 26 in Copenhagen.

September 5, 2022

‘Medieval’ – Cinematography by Jesper Tøffner

Jesper Tøffner is the Director of Photography on the historical epic 'Medieval', starring Ben Foster, Michael Caine and Danish Roland Møller and many more. The world premiere of 'Medieval' will take place today on September 5th in Prague.

Inspired by the true story of Jan Žižka, one of greatest warriors in history. After the death of its reigning emperor, the Holy Roman Empire is plummeting into chaos while feuding brothers King Wenceslas of Czech and King Sigismund of Hungary battle for control of the empty throne. Daring and righteous mercenary leader Jan Žižka (Ben Foster) is hired by Lord Boresh (Michael Caine) to kidnap the powerful Lord Rosenberg's (Til Schweiger) fiancée, Lady Katherine (Sophie Lowe), to prevent Rosenberg's rise to power alongside the corrupt King Sigismund. As Katherine becomes caught in a dangerous political game between the monarchs, Jan falls in love with her strong spirit and dedication to saving the people. In a brave attempt to liberate her, he fights back with a rebel army to battle the corruption, greed, and betrayal rampant amongst those clawing for power. Jan now realizes that the fate of the Empire will be decided by his love for Lady Katherine and that his fate doesn’t lie in the hands of Kings, but in the hands of his own people.

“Jan Žižka is a story about the birth of a warlord, and I think people will be surprised by the way it is conceived. The story plays out in 1402 during Žižka’s youth before the Hussite Wars. It has everything one needs to know about that time period to understand it. The film also features plenty of fighting, but above all a very strong story that takes you on a ride to the very end.” says the director Petr Jákl.

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