Danish director Birgitte Staermose last week started principal photography for her second feature film, Darling, at the Swedish regional film centre Film Väst in Gothenburg, with the shoot is set to continue later in Copenhagen until 17 June.
Written by Danish screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson, the ballet drama stars Danish actress Danica Curcic, who last year pocketed two Danish film awards – a Robert and a Bodil – for her performance in Bille August’s Silent Heart. The cast also includes Gustaf Skarsgård and Denmark’s Ulrich Thomsen, Astrid Grarup and Solbjørg Højfeldt.
The film follows the story of Darling (Curcic), a world-famous prima ballerina who returns to Copenhagen with her choreographer husband Frans (Skarsgård), to stage the classic ballet Giselle at the Danish Royal Theatre. But at one of the first rehearsals, disaster strikes: Darling collapses in pain. Her hip is worn out, which means her career is finished and her world is in pains.Frans has never worked without Darling before, but he now finds himself depending on the very young dancer Polly (Grarup Elbo); Darling tries to help out by training Polly, but as she starts to blossom as Giselle, Darling’s world crumbles, and now she is heading for the abyss.
The film is due for Scandinavian premiere on the 27th of April 2017.