Morgenthaler and Villum Jensen get DFI support
by Annika Pham
Min1Film, a compilation of short animated and puppet films supervised by Anders Morgenthaler, and Ved verdens ende (“At Worlds End”), a comedy drama by Tomas Villum Jensen, are among six new films to have received production support by the Danish Film Institute.
The 45-minute Min1Film was produced by Sarita Christensen for Copenhagen Bombay. Delivery is set for this summer.
Villum Jensen’s sixth feature film Ved verdens end will start rolling in April. The film scripted by Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam’s Apples [+see also:
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Both men embark on a frantic chase through the jungle in pursuit of the precious plant, with the whole Indonesian army and a gang of local mobsters on their heels. The film is produced by M&M Production.
Experienced editor Morten Giese (a collaborator on several Per Fly movies) will make his directorial debut with Daniel, co-scripted with Kim Leona and Lars K. Andersen. The film about a young pianist’s first heartbreak is produced by Zentropa. The Danish premiere is set for February 2009.
The Blessing is the feature debut of Heidi Maria Faisst, who attended Cannes’ Cinefondation with her short film The Pact in 2003. Produced by Zentropa, her film focuses on the young Katrine, who finds it difficult to deal with her newfound motherhood and asks her own mother, whom she hasn’t seen in years, to stay with her. Both women try to reach out and be good mothers. The film, supported by the DFI’s New Danish Screen initiative, will be ready later this year.
Two other children’s films were also granted support: Anja & Viktor: In Sickness and in Health by Søren Frellesen, produced by Regner Grasten Filmproduktion; and animated title The Olsen Gang: Moving in Higher Circles by Jørgen Lerdam, produced by Nordisk Film.
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