The new Danish film Teenage Jesus has started filming.
Directed by writer-director Marie Grahtø, the story involves two women: the violent, intelligent and suicidal Jenny, a patient at a psychiatric ward for young women, and the young perfectionist and psychologist Viktoria. Through their intense relationship and conflict-ridden conversations, the two women seek meaning and forgiveness in faith, sex and violence.
Acclaimed actress Trine Dyrholm will play a prominent role in the film as the domineering Dr. Klein, the department’s most experienced doctor. Rising star Victoria Carmen Sonne and Lisa Carlehed will play Jenny and Viktoria respectively.
The style has been described as a ‘psychotic realistic’ drama. The film is currently filming in the former psychiatric hospital, Sankt Hans, in Roskilde.
Teenage Jesus is really aiming at being an all-female film, with the cast and crew made up of mostly women. Catherine Pattinama Coleman is the cinematographer, Linda Man is in charge of editing, and Josephine Farsø is production designer.
Grahtø wrote the film as an extension of her graduation project Teenland, which was selected in the Cannes’ Cinéfondation Atelier.
Teenage Jesus will be released in Denmark in Spring 2019.
Honestly, the plot isn’t grabbing me, though I am getting Girl, Interrupted vibes. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!