Klown stars preparing a new comedy about the Danish Law of Jante
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Danish writer-comedians Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam have scheduled a six-week shoot from 22 August for a spring 2017 premiere
While their 2015 feature Klown Forever [+see also:
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Their script will be the feature debut by Danish writer-director Jesper Rofelt, who has made numerous television series, and Danish producer Jesper Zartov, who also staged Klown Forever, will produce the film for Nutmeg Movies, regional film centre FilmFyn and broadcaster TV2 Denmark. Nordisk Film Distribution has scheduled the release for spring 2017.
Both stand-up comedians and actors since the 1990s, Christensen and Hvam took their Klown TV series (2005-2010) to the big screen in 2010; scripted by the pair of comedians, and again directed by Nørgaard, Klown: The Movie [+see also:
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“But let it be said at once: this is not the third Klown film, but a comedy about the Danish Law of Jante; it takes place in a Danish province in the early 1980s and follows a small group of eccentric pioneers who set out to do the impossible and create world history,” explained the two writer-comedians, who will themselves play the lead roles.
The Law of Jante was introduced by Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in his 1933 novel A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks, summing up the oppression and pettiness in the fictional Danish town of Jante. “You’re not to think you are anything special” is the first of ten rules, which put society ahead of the individual, and forbid boasting about individual accomplishments or being jealous of others.