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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Sweden

Josephine Bornebusch’s social-distancing drama Orca in production

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- The timely Nordic production will tackle the emotional impact of the ongoing lockdown and is set to premiere exclusively on Viaplay

Josephine Bornebusch’s social-distancing drama Orca in production
Director Josephine Bornebusch

Josephine Bornebusch will be providing a commentary on these difficult times in a new experimental drama entitled Orca [+see also:
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, which is currently in production. Bornebusch, who is best known for her acting career and her directorial work on television productions such as Love Me (2019-2020) and The Sunny Side (2019), is also the writer of her new endeavour. Here, the Swedish filmmaker will dramatise some of the emotional impacts of the current outbreak and will ask what togetherness can mean when we are apart. Throughout the film, the characters will communicate with each other primarily from behind a screen. The cast are filming their scenes one at a time and in the presence of a skeleton crew.

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The ensemble of actors includes Johan Rheborg, Gustav Lindh, Alba August, Peter Andersson and Vera Vitali, as well as Josephine Bornebusch herself. Filming started this week.

Speaking about the project’s themes, NENT Group chief content officer Filippa Wallestam said: “Social distancing is the story of our time, but behind the headlines lie millions of personal dramas being lived by people all over the world.”

Orca is being produced by the Swedish division of Warner Bros and NENT. The film is set to premiere this autumn, exclusively on Viaplay, NENT’s streaming platform.

The news follows the recent announcement of Daniele Vicari’s The Day and the Night [+see also:
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, filmed in similar conditions and also tackling the impact of emotional distancing in this time of forced isolation. Will these two titles mark the beginning of a new wave of quarantine-set films?

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