The Shamer’s Daughter to launch Nepenthe’s Kaaberbøl franchise
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Danish director Kenneth Kainz will direct Anders Thomas Jensen’s adaption of the fantasy-adventure, now supported by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Danish director Kenneth Kainz, who most recently signed the fully-animated comedy, Otto Is a Rhino [+see also:
film profile] (2013), will next film the first in a series of four features from Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s best-selling fantasy series The Shamer Chronicles, which is staged by Danish producers Nina Lyng and Eva Juel Hammerich’s Nepenthe Film.
Previously adapted for the stage, The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
film profile] – about 10-year-old Dina, who has unwillingly inherited her mother's gift: she can disclose the darkest secrets and crimes simply by looking into someone's eyes – will be scripted by Danish award-winning writer Anders Thomas Jensen. Supported by €1.4 million from the Danish Film Institute, the €6.6 million production has now received €0.4 million from the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The book was published in 2000 and has sold more than one million copies in the Nordic countries.
The Oslo-based fund has also backed The Deposit, the second movie by Swedish director Lisa Aschan, whose She-Monkeys [+see also:
interview: Lisa Aschan
film profile] won three Guldbagger – Sweden’s national film prize – including Best Feature and Best Original Screenplay. A horror drama based on a play by Johannes Anyuru and Aleksander Motturi, the Anna-Maria Kantarius production for Garagefilm International is set in a secluded room, where people come and go while others are locked in and sometimes removed to be brought to a place worse than hell. Shooting from January 13, the project received €0.1 million.
Two documentaries were subsidized by the fund: produced by Margarete Jangård for WG Film, Swedish director Fredrik Gertten’s Bikes and Cars looks at both the struggle of bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the changes which would be possible if more cities moved away from car-centric models; in The Circus Dynasty, produced by Hansen & Pedersen Film and Fjernsyn, Danish director Anders Riis-Hansen describes the backstage lives of circus artists: Benny Berdino, the owner of a large circus, hopes his grandson Patrick will marry circus artist Merrylu. But mixing love and business is not easy.