Inglorious Basterd becomes illusionist who disappears
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
08/02/2013 - German actor August Diehl - recently in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds [trailer] - will play the lead in Norwegian director Bobbie Peers' feature debut, Dirk Ohm - The Illusionist That Disappeared (Dirk Ohm - tryllekunstneren som forsvant), which started principal photography this week (February 4).
Norwegian actor Jørgen Langhelle and Danish actress Sara Hjorth have also been cast in the €3.1 million production, which is staged by Norwegian producer Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film, with Sweden's Migma Film, German director Wim Wenders' Neue Road Movies and Norwegian producer Axel Helgeland, of Helgeland Film, executive producing.
Peers has based her first feature on a real-life event from 2003, when the German illusionist Dirk Ohm disappeared during a holiday at Grong in North Trøndelag, Norway.
41-year-old Ohm, from Peine outside Berlin, was last seen on February 4, between 01-02am, carrying two glasses of beer at the Hotell Vertshuset bar. In his hotel room police found all his personal assets, wallet and watch, in his car - parked in front of the hotel in Grong - his magic equipment.
Norwegian writer Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, who also penned Wenders' upcoming Everything Will Be Fine, is responsible for the script; filming will go on till Easter, and Norwegian distributor SF Norge has scheduled domestic release for September 2014. Dirk Ohm was supported both by the Norwegian Film Institute and Eurimages.