Press release regarding current media attention

Zentropa’s management and Peter Aalbæk Jensen have met regarding how Zentropa’s management wants the working environment and the social conditions to be at Zentropa. An agreement has been reached and the management will issue a set of guidelines for the company’s working environment henceforth. All employees are subject to these regulations and will be called upon to respect them.

We want to be a company with room for diversity where people are at liberty to be original and different. A place where structure and chaos go hand in hand and where community and hard work enables us to elevate film production into a league of its own.

It will not be a part of Zentropa’s culture to give or receive smack as neither reward nor punishment, regardless whether all parties involved experience such actions as fun. The company culture at Zentropa will continue to be colourful and alterative, but we do not wish to violate anyone’s rights or insult anyone. Through dialogue with all our employees, we will encourage sincerity and frankness about personal boundaries and needs as well as respect for the boundaries and needs of others. That way we can create a broad and inclusive workplace. We wish to carry on in Zentropa’s spirit with respect for the individual.

If anyone formerly, currently or in the future experiences that it is unpleasant to be at Zentropa on account of aspects, which pertains to the working environment or the working culture, we happily invite a dialogue about how we may improve or, if it already happened, how we could have been better at assuming responsibility in that particular incident. All of us have a responsibility and we will be much clearer about that moving forward.

Together with our employees and interns we will create a set of guidelines for our working culture and working environment so that it is clear to everyone what is acceptable and what is not.

We have no further comments at this time.

 

Management

Anders Kjærhauge, Rikke Ennis, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Louise Vesth

 

You Disappear selected for Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival has just announced that Peter Schønau Fog’s YOU DISAPPEAR has been selected as an official Special Presentation at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, where it will be celebrating its international premiere.

 

Peter Schønau Fog’s previous feature film, THE ART OF CRYING celebrated its world premiere in Toronto in 2006 and was later screened at several international film festivals such as San Sebastian International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival and Tallin Black Nights Film Festival.

 

Producer at Zentropa, Louise Vesth says: ”YOU DISAPPEAR has made a great impact on Danish cinemagoers and brought along a big audience on Peter Schønau Fog’s wondrous journey of discovery into the human brain. Audiences have experienced the film in several different ways, because the brain experiences in different and individual ways, therefore we look very much forward to presenting the film to the North American audience and the international film industry and learn how they experience the film.”

 

The film stars Trine Dyrholm (THE COMMUNE, 2016; A ROYAL AFFAIR, 2012), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH, 2016; THE ABSENT ONE, 2014; THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES, 2013) and the newly deceased Michael Nyqvist (A SERIOUS GAME, 2016; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, 2011; THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, 2009) in the lead.

 

YOU DISAPPEAR has been sold to Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Latin America (California Filmes), China (DD Dream International Media), Poland (Bomba Film), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania Groupicon), Estonia, Lithuania & Latvia (Scanorama).

 

The film is based on the bestselling novel YOU DISAPPEAR by author Christian Jungersen, which spent more than one year on the bestseller list in Denmark and attracted many international publishers including USA, Germany, France, The Netherlands and Norway.

 

Mia is married to the successful headmaster Frederik, who is caught embezzling from his own school. But did he do this of his own free will – or has his personality been altered by the tumour lurking in his brain?Mia is desperate to uncover what kind of man she is actually married to. If the happiest three years of Mia’s life with Frederik were while he had a tumour in his brain, who was she married to before? YOU DISAPPEAR is a movie about the challenges we face as neuroscience forces us to rethink what we are as human beings.

 

YOU DISAPPEAR is written and directed by Peter Schønau Fog, photographed by Laust Trier Mørk with production design by Søren Gam and Gitte Malling. YOU DISAPPEAR is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa with support from the Danish Film Institute, TV2 Denmark, TV4 Sweden, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, Film Väst, the Swedish Film Institute and Nordisk Film. More investors will be announced shortly.

 

Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7th-17th.

 

Press release from TrustNordisk

Christoffer Boe set for final Department Q film: The Purity of Vengeance

Christoffer Boe // Photo: My Thordal

 

These weeks Zentropa is working hard on the planning of its fourth and final film from the extremely popular Department Q-series. At a press conference today at Film i Väst in Cannes, Zentropa has announced that a director for the film has been found and will be the award-winning director Christoffer Boe. 

The prior films in the Department Q series, THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (2013), THE ABSENT ONE (2014) and A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH (2015) all had record-bursting local admission numbers and were each sold world wide, including territories USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Turkey, Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Japan and more.

With around 2,2 million admissions locally for the first three movies of the Department Q-series, the expectations for THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE will be incredibly high.

 

Producer of THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE, Louise Vesth from Zentropa, says: ”The time has come for the great finally. It’s been a long, amazing journey that will end with a bang. We will do anything to finish this in the greatest way possible, and what could be a better way to end than with Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares in the company of one of the most talented people in Danish film, Christoffer Boe.”

Christoffer Boe looks forward to working with THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE, saying: “I look forward to delve into Carl Mørck and his mysteries. Not to break him down – but to build him up and find new ways and new expressions, within the popular. I really look forward to taking those first steps with Nikolaj Lie Kaas og Fares Fares – and the whole team behind the series, which is some of the strongest and most entertaining work, Danish film has put forth.”

 

The story initiates when a group of construction workers makes a terrifying discovery in an old Copenhagen apartment: Behind a fake wall in the apartment they find three mummified corpses sitting around a dinner table with one open seat. Detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad in Department Q is given the task of finding out who the mummies are and for whom the fourth seat is intended.

Carl and Assad initiates the chase of the apartments owner and find clues leading back to the infamous women’s institution on Sprogø, where neglect and medicinal experiments of forced sterilization was a common part of every day life for the so-called immoral girls placed there. The horrors on Sprogø are a finished chapter of Danish history. But there are people who say that the experiments continues at the facility. Carl and Assad initiate a race with time to prevent more murders and assaults.

 

About Christoffer Boe

Christoffer Boe’s first feature film RECONSTRUCTION (2003) won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and his second feature film ALLEGRO (2005), starring Helena Christensen and Ulrich Thomsen, screened at Sundance Film Festival.

At the Venice Film Festival in 2006, Christoffer Boe received the Young Cinema Award for the experimental film OFFSCREEN (2006). With the thriller EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE (2010) (selected for Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2010) Christoffer Boe made a pure genre film, and with SPIES & GLISTRUP (2013) he achieved his popular break through. The film had more than 300.000 admissions in Denmark and received three Robert awards.

 

Experienced power-trio behind the script

Nikolaj Arcel will be writing the manuscript, with the assistance of Bo Hr. Hansen and Mikkel Nørgaard. Nikolaj Arcel wrote the three first movies and while he has been working on his Hollywood debut with the much anticipated THE DARK TOWER starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, he has been working on the script for THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE along with the experienced Bo Hr. Hansen and Mikkel Nørgaard, the latter of which directed the first two movies of the series.

The movie will have a budget of EUR 5.2 M and shooting will commence in the beginning of next year with expected local release in fall 2018. ZDF German Television Network and ZDF Enterprises is on board as partners as with the prior films and nordic distribution will be through Nordisk Film.

TrustNordisk handles international sales.

 

Press release from TrustNordisk

Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan to star in von Trier film

Film i Väst and Zentropa has announced additional cast to Lars von Trier’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan joins the rank of unfortunate women who encounters serial killer Jack, played by Matt Dillon and joins recently announced Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl. Also starring is Bruno Ganz in the role as Verge.

Both Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan have previously worked with Lars von Trier – Thurman as the prominent Ms. H in NYMPHOMANIAC (2013), and Siobhan Fallon Hogan starring in Triers highly acclaimed and award winning DANCER IN THE DARK (2000) and DOGVILLE (2003).

Zentropa producer, Louise Vesth says: “With these two fantastic actresses, the main cast is now in place, and we are ready to shoot – and kill…

Uma and Lars first worked together on Nymphomaniac and complimented each other in an exceptional way; I can’t wait to see which character they’ll create together this time.

Lars has had Siobhan in mind from a very early stage for one of the female parts, and it is an honor for us to welcome her back on set since her appearance in Dogville and Dancer in the Dark.”

During Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month, von Trier published an image of himself with a cinematic reference (link) and followed up with a teasing statement to The Guardian: “THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus – the rat king.”

Shooting in Sweden

Zentropa will begin shooting in Trollhättan, Sweden in March and move on to Copenhagen in May.

The shootings in Trollhättan is partly made possible with support from regular Trier financier, the regional fund Film i Väst, who supports production of THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT with €1.78 mill.

“We are happy and excited to yet again welcome Zentropa and Lars von Trier with his team and cast to Trollhättan for the 6th time since Nymphomaniac, Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville and Dancer in the Dark. It has been truly amazing to follow and support Lars von Trier’s outstanding filmmaking from the turn of the millennium until this day. Now we are looking forward to being drawn into his unique cinematic storytelling once again”, says Tomas Eskilsson, Founder and Artistic Director of Film i Väst.

Uma Thurman

Award-winning actress Uma Thurman has proven herself to be one of the industry’s most versatile performers, lending her talents to an array of revered films and television.

Thurman’s role in THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT marks her second role in Lars von Trier’s body of work. She first appeared as Mrs. H in NYMPHOMANIC (2013).

Thurman is best known for her portrayal of “Mia Wallace,” a sexy mobster’s wife in Quentin Tarantino’s critically lauded PULP FICTION (1995), for which she received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Thurman continued to work with the director for many years and garnered Golden Globe® Award nominations for her role of “The Bride” in his highly successful KILL BILL film franchise.

Thurman’s entrance into mainstream film began following her role as the goddess Venus in Terry Gilliam’s fantasy THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988). She went on to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of a virginal 18th century convent girl, “Cecile de Volanges,” in Stephen Frears’ DANGEROUS LIAISONS (1988), opposite John Malkovich. The following year, she starred opposite Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Philip Kaufman’s HENRY & JUNE (1990). Additional film credits include BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (1996), BATMAN & ROBIN (1997), LES MISERABLES (1998), SWEET AND LOWDOWN (1999), TAPE (2001) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS (2002) for which she won a Golden Globe® Award, BE COOL (2005) and THE PRODUCERS (2005). Thurman earned her first Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series for her arc on NBC’s series SMASH (2012).

Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Siobhan Fallon Hogan will be working with Lars von Trier for the third time this March in Zentropa’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. It will also be her third turn with the star of the film, Matt Dillon. Fallon Hogan played Dillon’s secretary in Fox’s M. Night Shyamalan series, WAYWARD PINES (2016) and this Easter she will be seen as Mitzi in Zach Braff’s, GOING IN STYLE, also featuring Dillon.

Fallon Hogan has been seen in memorable roles in several blockbusters over the past twenty five years. Some of her film credits include, FORREST GUMP (1994); MEN IN BLACK (1997); THE NEGOTIATER (1998); BABY MAMA (2008); NEW IN TOWN (2009); WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2011). CHARLOTTE’S WEB (2006), THE BOUNTY HUNTER (2010) and HOLES (2003). Her foreign work includes DANCER IN THE DARK (2000) with Björk, DOGVILLE (2003) with Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall and FUNNY GAMES by Michael Haneke (2007) with Naomi Watts. Some of her television credits include Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld and Thirty Rock.

Press release by TrustNordisk

RILEY KEOUGH AND SOFIE GRÅBØL TO STAR IN LARS VON TRIER-FILM

 

Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl join Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz in Lars von Trier’s upcoming feature, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Shootings in Copenhagen will take place in May.

Copenhagen Film Fund and Zentropa announced today that Golden Globe nominated Riley Keough and Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl is to star in Lars von Trier’s upcoming feature, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Keough and Gråbøl will play two of the women who cross paths with serial killer Jack, played by Matt Dillon.

Besides Matt Dillon, Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl, Bruno Ganz is to join in the role as Verge. Shooting will begin in Trollhättan, Sweden in March and move on to Copenhagen in May.

Lars von Trier returns home

For the first time since Dancer in the Dark (2000), Lars von Trier is shooting an international film in Denmark. Copenhagen Film Fund has contributed with 1.08 million Euros to help make it possible for Zentropa to shoot in Copenhagen.

CEO of Copenhagen Film Fund, Thomas Gammeltoft states:

“Copenhagen Film Fund is incredibly proud that Lars von Trier will be shooting parts of his upcoming feature in Copenhagen, Denmark after shooting abroad for years. Besides that, it is always exciting to see that Lars is able to attract high profile actors from all around the world, who all see it as an opportunity to grow and a privilege to work closely with him. We will do our best to make sure they have an amazing stay in Copenhagen and we are most proud to be able to contribute to the making of this major international feature”.

Riley Keough

Riley Keough has been in the spotlight in Hollywood for some time. Her acting career has evolved quickly and most recently she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Steven Sotherbergh’s tv-series, The Girlfriend Experience (2016). Furthermore, she starred in the major box office smash, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), which won 6 Oscars in 2016.

Her prior feature films include, American Honey, starring Shia LaBeouf from 2016; Magic Mike (2012) where she appeared alongside Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey; The Runaways (2010) with Kristin Steward and Dakota Fanning

Sofie Gråbøl

Highly acclaimed Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl made her international breakthrough in the role as detective Sarah Lund in the tv-series, The Killing (2012), which earned her a BAFTA award for Best Actress and a nomination for Best Actress at the Emmy Awards. Gråbøl is a major factor in the international Nordic Noir success. In 2015 she played a leading role in British tv-series, Fortitude, and her most recent feature, the Zentropa produced, THE DAY WILL COME (2016) secured her a Robert Award for Best Supporting Actress last week.

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILTS takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances.

Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult manoeuvres.

 

Presse release by TrustNordisk, photo: 42West, Søren Kirkegaard and Casper Sejersen.