Lone Scherfig makes Nietzsche satire
by Annika Pham
The director of the successful Dogma 95 film Italian For Beginners, Lone Scherfig, will shoot her fifth feature film Erik Nietzsche-The Early Years next March, a screen adaptation of writer Erik Nietzsche’s original script based on his personal experience as a student at the Danish Film School in the 1970s.
In the film Danish stand-up comedian Jonatan Spang plays a young and naive Nietzsche who suffers from depression and urgent toilet needs when he enters the tough and decadent film world as a student of the Danish Film School. Playing at his side are Tuva Novotny (Jalla Jalla!), Joel Kinnaman (Storm), Anders W. Berthelsen (King’s Game), and Martin Brygmann (Italian For Beginners).
Lone Scherfig who had her breakthrough in 2000 with her third feature film Italian For Beginners winner of a Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin 2001, makes her comeback after a four years absence. Her latest film Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself [+see also:
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Erik Nietzsche-The Early Years is produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Marie Gade for Zentropa Entertainments. The film just received a DKK7,5m grant from the Danish Film Institute Danish Film Institute and is also supported by Eurimages. Trust Film Sales handles international sales.
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