Dogma goes to Hollywood
- The American actor Nicholas Cage wants to direct the remake of Festen, and promises to respect, at least in part, the rules set down by Von Trier and Vinterberg
Hollywood is putting itself to the test to try and make a film like Dogma. The American actor, Nicholas Cage, is leading the project, having bought the rights to the film by Thomas Vinterberg, Festen, and he’s hoping to direct the re-make promising to respect, if not all, at least a part of the rules of the work done in 1995 by Lars von Trier and colleagues. The actor, who’s the hero of successful action movies, revealed in an interview with the Norwegian daily paper, “Bergensavisen”, that he immediately loved the film for it’s strong human impressions and that he wants to make it as soon as possible. Cage, who’s a great admirer of the simplicity of the film Dogma, has definitely decided to introduce philosophy, even in the mecca of cinema.
In the meantime, Dogma continues to have one success after another in Europe. Now it’s the turn of Susanne Bier, who’s captured an extraordinary public following in Denmark with Elsker dig for evigt (Love Forever). In the first week of it being screened, despite a “crucial” football game between Denmark-Norway, it gained a audience of more than 45,000, beating the record set in August 2001 byItalian for beginners, a Dogma film by the director Lone Scherfig. The tragic love story of two youngsters which is destroyed by a car crash has been extremely well received by the critics at the Toronto Film Festival, where, together with Lilija- 4ever by the Swede Lukas Modysson and The intended a Dogma film directed by Kristian Levrings, it has been bought by the American distribution company Newmarket Films.
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