Rasmus Heisterberg is on his own for the first time, but he has it In the Blood
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Danish screenwriter, who has worked with Nikolaj Arcel since King’s Game, is directing his first feature
After having written or co-written the scripts for more than 20 films and TV series, Danish screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg has started principal photography for his directorial debut, In the Blood [+see also:
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film profile], from a script written by himself, naturally.
Filming started at last week’s Roskilde Music Festival – the largest in Scandinavia – where lead actor Kristoffer Bech performed with his group, Shiny Darkly. In the film, though, he portrays a medical student, Simon, who experiences what will become the defining summer of his life.
Heisterberg started working with Danish writer-director Nikolaj Arcel in 2004, co-writing King’s Game; they also penned The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [+see also:
interview: Niels Arden Oplev
interview: Søren Stærmose
film profile] (2009), the Oscar-nominated Golden Globe winner A Royal Affair [+see also:
interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
interview: Nikolaj Arcel
film profile] (2012) and local blockbuster The Absent One [+see also:
film profile] (2014), and will soon deliver the Hollywood production RFK (about Robert F Kennedy, set to star US actor Matt Damon).
Simon’s summer is full of hot days, bright nights, and endless partying with drinking, music and sex – and tomorrow, it begins again. But dreams burst, love hurts, friendships are tested, and while the others begin to take their future seriously, Simon finds it difficult to leave summer happiness behind.
In the Caroline Schlüter Bingestam production for Denmark’s Profile Pictures, Bech is joined in the cast by Elliot TC Hove, Aske Bang, Mads Reuther and Victoria Carmen Sonne. The Danish Film Institute has chipped in €0.9 million worth of support, and Denmark’s Scanbox Entertainment will handle Nordic distribution from summer 2016. An international sales agent is yet to be announced.