Photo by Rolf Konow

Major Scandinavian sales agency TrustNordisk has picked up the international rights to the upcoming television series A Fortunate Man.

Directed by acclaimed Danish director Bille August, the series is based on the novel series Lucky Per (Lykke Per) by Nobel Prize-winning author Henrik Pontoppidan. The story follows Per, who leaves his religious home and sets sail to Copenhagen to become an engineer. Parallel to his studies, he works on a visionary energy project based on wind and waves energy, a project so much ahead of its time, that his professors consider him crazy and far too self-confident. However, Per’s project becomes a success, and he falls in love and marries the beautiful Jakobe who is a part of a wealthy Jewish family. One would imagine that Per’s happiness now is made. But Per’s childhood keeps haunting him and his dogmatic family cannot accept his new life. Despite his luck and success, Per is unable to fully cut the strings to his strict religious background, and he now fears that he will repeat his father’s patriarchist behaviour.

August is, of course, best known for his Academy Award-winning Pelle the Conqueror (1987) as well as The House of the Spirits (1993). Most recently, he has directed Marie Krøyer (2012), Silent Heart (2014) and 55 Steps (2017).

Lucky Per stars Esben Smed in the leading role.

The film is currently shooting and will screen as a four-part miniseries on the Danish channel TV2 in 2019, and as a feature-length film of about 150 minutes.

 

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.