Last love in a nursing home, with Ghita Nørby and Sven Wollter
- Following his award-winning prison and crime dramas, Michael Noer finds a more peaceful setting for his new feature, Key House Mirror, which goes into production in April
Danish actress Ghita Nørby (79) and Swedish actor Sven Wollter (80) will play the leads in Danish director Michael Noer’s Key House Mirror (its preliminary title), which is set in a nursing home – quite different from his first two award-winning features R [+see also:
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“I have always been interested in exploring environments that are subject to logical and illogical rules and routines, where people work and settle down and try to get the best out of it, whether it be a prison cell or a street milieu,” Noer explained. “I intend to maintain the style and energy of my other films – the authentic approach will be the same. For instance, we will be filming in an old people’s home, with residents and staff in many of the lead roles.”
Nørby – a grand veteran of Danish film and stage – will star as a 76-year-old woman, Lily, who moves into the nursing home with her sick husband, realising that after a long life together, she must leave the responsibility for his healthcare to professionals. Then Pilot arrives, a charming elderly gentlemen, who takes over the apartment next door, and Lily feels for the first time the love and passion she has been missing in her marriage. But her family and friends do not share her enthusiasm…
Anders Frithiof August scripted Noer’s original story, and the Danish Film Institute has contributed €1 million to Key House Mirror, which will be produced by Tomas Radoor and René Ezra for Nordisk Film Production in collaboration with Danish pubcaster DR TV. The film will shoot from next month (April) until early June, mainly at a real nursing home. Nordisk will release the title next year.
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