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A Second Chance for Oscar-winning Bier, who returns to Denmark for her next film

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- Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will play the lead in the Danish Oscar-winning director’s €4.7 million drama produced by Denmark’s Zentropa Entertainments

A Second Chance for Oscar-winning Bier, who returns to Denmark for her next film
Susanne Bier

Most recently starring in Game of Thrones, with roles in Mama and Oblivion, with Tom Cruise, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will return to Denmark from the US to play the lead in Danish director Susanne Bier’s next film, A Second Chance, which will be filmed between November 18-January 16 on the Danish island of Funen.

“How far are decent people willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between right and wrong?” is the question Bier and co-scripter Anders Thomas Jensen ask in the €4.7 million drama, which will be produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen for Zentropa Entertainments. Nordisk Film will handle Scandinavian distribution, and TrustNordisk international sales.

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Another co-star is likely to be announced after the November 3-5 castings on Funen for “a baby boy aged seven-or-eight weeks for the new Susanne Bier film,” which will be photographed by Norway’s Geir Hartly Andreassen (Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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). The Danish Film Institute and regional film centre FilmFyn will chip in €1.2 million production funding.

Thomas Jensen and Graum Jørgensen both collaborated on Bier’s In A Better World [+see also:
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(2010), which won the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Feature, as well as the Best Director trophy at the European Film Awards, and her most recent Danish film, Love Is All You Need [+see also:
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(2012).

Meanwhile Bier’s US drama Serena, from US author Ron Rash’s novel, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the leads, is set to launch on April 2. Her second American movie after Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) follows Serena and her new husband, who in the depression-era (1929) travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire.

Bier has also signed to adapt US author Helen Schulman’s best-selling novel This Beautiful Life for the screen. A fable about the decline of privacy, the film is the story of 15-year-old tenth grader Jake, who receives a video with salacious sex photos of his admirer, 13-year-old Daisy. He forwards it, and when it goes viral, his family is embroiled in a digital scandal.

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