Nicolo Donato to make his second feature soon
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Danish director’s sophomore effort follows a small family trying to reach Sweden with the help of – among others – his own grandfather
When the Nazi German occupants of Denmark during World War II launched their Holocaust operation to deport the Danish Jews, they found only 500 – 95% had managed to escape, mainly to Sweden, since rumours about the campaign had begun to spread in September 1943.
Danish director Nicolo Donato’s second feature (after Brotherhood [+see also:
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“In October 1943, the Danish people showed a courage that took everyone by surprise – not least themselves,” explained Donato. “People who had never taken a wrong step or done anything illegal chose to risk their lives for fellow citizens in need, and as a result, nearly all Danish Jews were saved from the Nazis. This is one of the most remarkable events during the German occupation, and this is the film about these brave people.”
With a cast including Danica Curcic, David Dencik, Laura Bro, Jakob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Signe Egholm Olsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Lars Brygmann, Fuglene over sundet will be produced by Peter Bech and Tristan Orpen Lynch for SF Film, in co-production with Ireland’s Subotica Films. SF Film will handle Scandinavian distribution and has scheduled the premiere for autumn 2016, while TrustNordisk is in charge of international sales.