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After being No 1 in the US, Denmark’s Christiansen is now On the Edge

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- Danish actor Cyron Melville and Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro star in Danish director Christian E Christiansen’s new Danish film about childhood mates whose friendship is put to the test

After being No 1 in the US, Denmark’s Christiansen is now On the Edge

At the upcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica (November 6-13), Denmark’s TrustNordisk will walk On the Edge, introducing a three-minute promo for the new drama from Danish director Christian E Christiansen (photo) – one of the few Nordic filmmakers, who has opened a film No 1 on the US charts (The Roommate/2011).

Danish actor Cyron Melville (A Royal Affair [+see also:
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/2012) and Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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/2012) star in the Louise Vesth-Senia Dremstrup production for Zentropa Entertainments, combining high-speed action sequences with the story of two childhood mates, whose friendship is put to then test when their car racing results in a fatal accident.

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Educated at Denmark’s National Film School, Christiansen worked in production (ao on the 2005 hit, Nynne), before he signed his first feature, Lift Hits [+see also:
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(2006). His At Night (2007) was nominated for an Oscar as Best Live-Action Short. His first American movie, the horror-thriller The Roommate, which topped the local charts to gross a €27 million total, was followed by Where the Devil Hides (2013).

Currently shooting from Christiansen and Morten Dragsted’s screenplay, On the Edge is the story of illegal car racing, alcohol and fast love. At top speed, Nikolaj and his best friend Martin cause the death of a young girl; Martin goes to jail, Nikolaj walks free, and his sense of guilt is not diminished when he falls in love with Martin’s girlfriend. Nordisk Film Biografdistribution will release domestically in March 2014.

In another move TrustNordisk has licensed North American rights for Swedish directors Babak Najafi’s Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2012) and Jens Jonssen’s Easy Money: Life Deluxe (2013) to US distributor Cinedigm. With No 1, the second and third instalments of the trilogy based on Swedish author Jens Lapidus’ books, starring Joel Kinnamon, has taken more than 1.2 million local admissions and been sold to more than 35 territories.

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