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TrustNordisk boards upcoming feature by acclaimed director, Anders Thomas Jensen, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas.

Photo by Anders Overgaard

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights to Academy Award-winning scriptwriter and director, Anders Thomas Jensen’s upcoming Zentropa-feature RIDERS OF JUSTICE.

Similar to Anders Thomas Jensen’s previous films, RIDERS OF JUSTICE will feature an exclusive Scandinavian A-list cast including, Mads Mikkelsen (ANOTHER ROUND, 2020; ROUGE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, 2016) in the lead along with Nikolaj Lie Kaas (THE DEPARTMENT Q FILM SERIES; YOU DISAPPEAR, 2017), Lars Brygmann (THAT TIME OF YEAR, 2018), Nicolas Bro (ADAM’S APPLES, 2005; NYMPHOMANIAC, 2013), Gustav Lindh (QUEEN OF HEARTS, 2019), Roland Møller (VALHALLA, 2019; PAPILLION, 2017), and not least upcoming talent, Andrea Heick Gadeberg (DANIEL, 2019).

Shooting began on January 13th 2020. The budget for the film is 5.3 million Euro. 

Anders Thomas Jensen has written more than 30 feature films in a wide variety of genres. His previous work includes collaborations with directors Susanne Bier, Lone Scherfig, Nikolaj Arcel and Niels Arden Oplev. Among others he wrote the script for Susanne Bier’s Golden Globe(R) – and Academy Award(R) winner IN A BETTER WORLD (2010).

Anders Thomas Jensen’s directorial style is characterized by dark humor, unique storytelling and a quirky universe. His features, FLICKERING LIGHTS (2000), THE GREEN BUTCHERS (2003) and ADAM’S APPLES (2005) were all in the searchlight of international buyers and proved successful in and beyond the local market. In 2003 Anders Thomas Jensen was awarded an Honorary Bodil Award for his overall achievement in Danish cinema.

Managing Director at TrustNordisk, Susan Wendt comments on the acquisition: 

“We are really excited to be on board this Zentropa production and look forward to diving into the quirky universe, which Anders Thomas Jensen has created in this brilliant script. We still remember the huge success we had with Green Butchers and Adam’s Apples and we are confident that Riders of Justice will exceed the international success of these titles. Anders Thomas Jensen’s unique talent for storytelling is something that continues to attract people of all nationalities.”

Synopsis 

The deployed military man Markus has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be plain bad luck – until the mathematics geek Otto shows up with his two eccentric colleagues, Lennart and Emmenthaler. Otto was also a passenger on the wrecked train. He is convinced someone must have been behind it. As the clues piles up, it becomes clear to Markus, it might have been a carefully orchestrated assassination, which his wife ended up being a random casualty of. 

Anders Thomas Jensen’s new comedy is a modern fable about solidarity, the randomness of the universe … and, well, the meaning of life.

RIDERS OF JUSTICE is written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen and produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Sidsel Hybschmann for Zentropa Entertainments3. The film is co-produced by Film I Väst and Zentropa Sweden with support from the Danish Film Institute/ Market Scheme, FilmFyn, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, The Media Programme of the European Union, in collaboration with YouSee, TV 2 DENMARK, YLE and SVT.

Expected local release is December 2020.

English script available for interested buyers. 

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