Lars von Trier’s production company Zentropa will make a movie about the life of Omar El-Hussein, a Dane of Palestinian origin who killed two men in the Copenhagen terror attack on February 14-15.
Peter Aalbæk Jensen and director Manyar Parwani are basing the film on the the events that surrounded El-Hussein’s actions during the terrorist attack – when he opened fire on a cafe hosting a free speech debate and later killed a volunteer security guard at Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue.
The film will be called Lukkede øjne (Closed Eyes) and will focus on El-Hussein before, during and after what he did. The film will be fiction, but will use his life to describe how someone born and raised in Denmark could become radicalised.
“I think it could be interesting to see a film from someone who has access to the environments that Omar was a part of. I expect that Manyar Parwani has that,” Aalbæk Jensen told broadcaster DR.
Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.
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