Bille August has been attached to a new mini series that is based on one of the Danish literature greats – Lykke Per (Lucky Per).
Lucky Per is an essential part of Danish culture, having been written between 1898 and 1904 by Nobel Prize winning author Henrik Pontoppidan. The novel tells of the story of Per Sidenius, a self-confident and gifted man who breaks with his religious family in order to become an engineer and break with the constraints of his heritage and social background. At the height of his success, this constraints catch up with him and force him to give up his career.
Lucky Per is among three high end Nordic TV projects to be pitched at the Berlinale CoPro series on the 16th of February – the other series being Brotherhood and DNA. All three shows are looking for co-financiers.
The series has been written in 4×53 episodes and is produced by Nordisk Film for TV2 Denmark. Production is set to start in summer with the series due for release at the end of 2017.
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.