The Copenhagen Film Fund Lands First Big Int’l Deal with ‘The Danish Girl’

The Danish Girl

The Copenhagen Film Fund, a program devoted to promoting the use of Copenhagen in cinema, has scored their first major international deal with Tom Hooper’s new film, The Danish Girl. Towards the end of this month will see the Oscar winning director and his Oscar-winning star, Eddie Redmayne, moving to Copenhagen for ten days while they shoot the film along with Swedish co-star Alicia Vikander. The Copenhagen Film Fund has invested £0.9 million in landing its first large-scale international project, and it’ll definitely pay off with Redmaybe starring as Danish artist Einar Mogens Wegener, who was one of the world’s first transgender women. While she died the following year, her legacy has become incredibly important for transgender people. The film follows her marriage to and life with artist Gerda Wegener, whom she met at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen – Gerda Wegener used Elbe as a model for her female portraits.

The Danish Girl is an amazing film project, and we are very happy that the movie is now being shot partly in inner Copenhagen, where Wegener actually lived,” said Thomas Gammeltoft, managing director of the Copenhagen Film Fund. The Working Title (UK) production is staged by Gail Mutrux (Pretty Pictures), Anne Harrison (Harrison Productions), Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Hooper himself.

Adapted by British scriptwriter Lucinda Coxon from US author David Ebershoff’s novel, the film will be released in the US on 27 November by Focus Features; Universal Pictures International handles international distribution.

– Cineuropa

We were already pretty excited about this film already, but it sounds even better now! Very excited to see Copenhagen more on the international stage.


Emma Vestrheim

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.