Men and Chicken, Röde Orm vikings and My Skinny Sister at Film i Väst
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen – at Cannes with Danish director Kristian Levring’s The Salvation, screening in the official programme – and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen were among the guests when the Swedish regional film centre, Film i Väst, announced its line-up of upcoming co-productions on 17 May in Trollhättan.
Almost ten years after his latest drama-thriller-comedy, Adam’s Apples, and after having written 49 films mainly for others, Jensen has scripted Men & Chicken for himself to direct, with Mikkelsen in the lead. Produced by Denmark’s M&M Productions, with Film i Väst, the black comedy follows two outcast brothers who reunite with their relatives to learn a cruel truth about themselves and their family. It will shoot in Trollhättan this autumn.
Danish producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen – CEO of Zentropa Entertainments – is behind another major Trollhättan co-production, a two-feature and four-part TV series adaption of Swedish author Frans G Bengtsson’s Röde Orm (1941-1945). Jensen described it as “the first really good Viking movie made in Scandinavia”.
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, whose In Order Of Disappearance was selected for the Berlinale, will direct the international big-budget production from a screenplay by Danish writer Tobias Lindholm (R, A Hijacking, now shooting A War). Swedish actorStellan Skarsgård, who was also in Moland’s latest film, will head the cast.
Scandinavia’s largest co-producer has also scheduled several projects with local partners:Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove, from Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel; Axel Peterson’s second feature, Under the Pyramid, a thriller which will also film in Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Egypt; and Sanna Lenken’s feature debut, My Skinny Sister.
In 2013, Film i Väst had a share in Danish director Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair and Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg‘s Kon-Tiki, both nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film. It was also involved in Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, considered for the same prizes earlier this year.
The centre’s local co-productions were nominated for 38 and received 11 Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s national film prizes, and three of them topped the domestic box office, including Felix Herngren’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Per Fly’s Waltz for Monica and Hannes Holm’s Sune on Road Trip.