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After Papillon, Michael Noer returns to Denmark for his next, untitled feature


- The Danish director will start principal photography next month for his new period drama, with James Bond actor Jesper Christensen in the lead

After Papillon, Michael Noer returns to Denmark for his next, untitled feature
Director Michael Noer (© Vera de Kok)

In attendance recently at the Toronto International Film Festival, where his international remake of Papillon was world-premiered on 7 September, Danish director Michael Noer has announced that he will return to Denmark to shoot his next feature, an as-yet untitled period drama with Danish actor Jesper Christensen in the lead. 

In Papillon, the Red Granite Pictures remake of the 1973 Oscar-nominated crime drama, featuring a new screenplay by Aaron GuzikowskiCharlie Hunnam and Rami Malek have taken over the roles played by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman; at Toronto, it was screened in the Special Presentations programme.

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Noer, whose latest Danish feature was Key House Mirror [+see also:
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 (2015), a romantic drama starring Ghita Nørby and Sven Wollter, has co-written his new film with Jesper Fink, returning to rural 1850s Denmark, where an old farmer, Jens, and his family face starvation. The only solution to ensure the continuation of his bloodline in a tough, dog-eat-dog world is to find a suitable husband for his daughter.

“I reflect on Jens' motives and dreams, but I also think the film relates to the modern day by telling us about our past,” Noer explained. “I am myself the father of two young children, so I know that the limit on how far parents will go for their children is infinite. At the same time, I also know how quickly you gain ambitions on behalf of your children – but are they in the children’s best interest or, in fact, my own dreams? 

“The film is an attempt to reinvent the period drama by treating it like a hard-boiled genre movie – a dark, moral western about survival and anguish, directed with the same documentary nerve as my other feature films,” concluded Noer, who will start principal photography in mid-October for the René EzraMatilda Appelin and Tomas Radoor production for Nordisk FilmNordisk will handle the local release in early 2019 and TrustNordisk international sales.

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