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 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.

August 27, 2022

Martin Høgsted stars in new comedy film

Martin Høgsted has landed a supporting role in Anders W. Berthelsens director debut ‘Lykkelige Omstændigheder’.

The comedy is about two sisters Katrine (Sofie Torp) and Karoline (Roberta Hilaruis Reichhardt) who lives two very different lives, even though they were close as kids. Karoline lives in debt with her unemployed boyfriend Ronny (Joachim Fjelstrup), while Katrine has it all together with her succesfull husband Markus (Esben Smed) – everything except children. 

But when Karoline gets pregnant by mistake, Katrine comes up with a plan to solve all problems: Katrine pays off her sister’s debt, and in return gets her baby. This is a deal, Karoline cannot refuse, and not every detail needs to get in place before the baby arrives. But nothing seems to go as planned. Martin Høgsted plays the role of the newly divorced Sten. 

The manuscript is written by the beloved danish writer Kim Fupz Aakeson, and the movie is director (and actor) Anders W. Berthelsens (Known for Alle for fire, Italiensk for begyndere, Kongekabale) first time directing as a solo director. Before, he has been a co-director on the film adaption of Puk Damsgaards bestseller ‘Ser du månen, Daniel’ together with Niels Arden Oplev.

'Lykkelige Omstændigheder' is set to premiere in theatres on October 6th 2022. 

August 9, 2022

Rasmus Hammerich in ‘Alle for Fire’

Director Rasmus Heide once again presents one of Denmarks most hilarious comedy movie series, when the fourth movie in the “Alle for“- series, where we follow the brothers Timo and Ralf doing minor criminal heists together and getting themselves into trouble. 

Once again, we meet the brothers Timo (Anders W. Berthelsen) and Ralf (Mick Øgendahl). Timo has moved in with his girlfriend Lonnie (Louise Andersson) again, and his and Ralf’s small heists runs perfectly. Just until the day, where Timo finds out that Lonnie’s future doesn’t involve him anymore. Timo now needs all the help he can get to win Lonnie back, and especially from his brother Ralf and their good friend Martin (Jon Lange), who is also a former cop, and now works in the hospital sector. This time, it will be the friends most important heist ever. Rasmus Hammerich plays a supporting role as the girlfriend-stealing Peter, who Lonnie ends up wanting to leave Timo for. 

Ramus Heide, who also wrote the script for the third movie, has written the manuscript together with Mick Øgendahl. 

The film is produced by Nordisk Film Production, and it premieres on Thursday 11th of August in theatres.

May 18, 2022

Festival de Cannes 2022

Fine Management is in Cannes to attend the 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival, and Susanne Jepsen is looking forward to participating in the event from 18th till 21st May.

Aske Bang is starring in the award-winning VR film ‘End of Night’ by David Adler. A film that takes you deep into a man’s mind – back to the painful memories from that night, during World War ll, when he fled from the Nazi-occupied Denmark to Sweden. The film was selected for this year’s Cannes XR x VeeR VR Future Award Competetion – and as well selected to be shown at the platform Alexandria – a new futuristic virtual world that showcases the best of international VR creation.

Actress Virginie Efira will serve as host of the opening and closing ceremonies, and one of the highlights of the opening ceremony will be the presence of the 75th Festival’s guest of honor, the Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker, who will receive an honorary Palme d’or. Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘Final Cut’ will be screened as this year’s opening film. After 11 days of Festival, the Jury will give the awards, and the Palme d’or-winning film will be shown in Grand Théâtre Lumière.

Three Danish films are part of the Official Selection.

Cannes Film Festival 2022 is all set to begin 17th May and is scheduled to go on till 28th May.

April 12, 2022

Oscars 2022 – Rasmus Hammerich in the leading role in ‘On My Mind’

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