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THE DAY WILL COME made for the small screen

Last month at the Serie Series Festival in Fontainebleau the first glimpse of Jesper W Nielsen’s The Day Will Come television series was screened to eager fans.

The screenplay is originally a film that premiered in April in Denmark. The story is adapted from a true story, written by Søren Sveistrup, and takes place in 1967. It follows Elmer and Erik, two young brothers from Copenhagen who have been placed in a behind-the-times orphanage. The director of the orphanage, Heck (Lars Mikkelsen), rules the general goings-on with an iron fist. Between punishment and mistreatment, the two children, with some assistance from some of the other residents, try to take a stand against the director and his reign of tyranny.

The series version will comprise of three forty-five minute episodes. The screenplay hasn’t been re-written, rather the scenes have been extended and some scenes and new characters have been added.

The Day Will Come, produced by Zentropa, will be broadcast in Denmark on TV2 in April 2017, in the form of a three-day marathon event.

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.