The Shamer’s Daughter finds new family all over the world
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Kenneth Kainz’s adaptation of Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s bestselling novel has now reached 12 territories through TrustNordisk
Having exceeded 174,000 domestic admissions for Nordisk Film Distribution since its 26 March premiere, Danish director Kenneth Kainz’s fantasy-adventure The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
film profile] – adapted from Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s bestselling novel, published in 25 countries – has started travelling.
Danish international sales company TrustNordisk has most recently licensed the film to Germany, Austria and Switzerland (through Polyband Medien), France (AB Groupe), China (HGC Entertainment), Turkey and Cyprus (Ozen Film), Latin America (California Filmes) and Bulgaria (Pro Films OOD), adding to the previously signed deals with the Middle East (Gulf Film), Russia-CIS, (Daro Film), Estonia (EstinFilm), the former Yugoslavia (Cinemania Group), Thailand (Sahamongkolfilm International), Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam (Rain Film).
“With visually stunning production design, impressive effects and great acting, this film does indeed have it all, and we are happy that so many international distributors have embraced it to let it meet an international audience,” said Rikke Ennis, CEO of TrustNordisk.
Starring a Scandinavian cast of Peter Plaugborg, Jakob Oftebro, Søren Malling, Maria Bonnevie, Stina Ekblad and Allan Hyde, Anders Thomas Jensen’s script follows Dina (the titular Shamer’s Daughter), who – like her mother, Melussina – can look straight into the soul of other people, making them feel ashamed of themselves. In the kingdom of Dunark, they are caught up in a murder mystery, where Melussina is taken prisoner, and it is up to Dina to uncover the truth.
The Danish Nepenthe Film production was staged by Nina Lyng and Eva Juel Hammerich, in co-production with Nordisk, Norway’s Storm Films, Sweden’s Filmlance, Iceland’s True North and the Czech Republic’s Sirena Film (part of the shooting took place at Prague’s Barrandov Studio).