An impressive cast of Danish talent is lining up to star in award-winning local filmmaker Annette K. Olesen's Crimes, the 10th Dogme-style production to come out of the territory.
The story is set in a women's prison, where a minister, played by Ann Eleonora Jorgensen (Italian For Beginners), finds her faith and confidence shaken by her surroundings.
The cast (pictured) also includes Trine Dyrholm (POV, Festen), Nikolaj Kopernikus (Okay), Sonja Richter (Open Hearts), Jens Albinus (The Idiots), Maria Wurgler Rich and Henrik Prip (both from Minor Mishaps) Sarah Boberg and Petrine Agger (The Bench) as well as veterans Kirsten Olesen and Benedikte Hansen.
As with Olesen's feature debut Minor Mishaps, which won the Blue Angel Award in Berlin, the actors develop their own characters, but without knowing the overall story which is written by the director and Kim Fupz Aakeson (Okay, Minor Mishaps).
Crimes or Dogme#10 will be produced by veteran Ib Tardini (Italian For Beginners, Minor Mishaps) for Zentropa on a $1.4m (DKR10.5m) budget of which $710,800 (DKR5.4m) comes from the Danish Film Institute. Other backers include national broadcaster DR and distributor Nordisk Film. The film shoots from November 11 until December 20 on location around the country, and will be released in the fall 2003.
Meanwhile, Zentropa also started shooting a new youth film last week in Jutland, 2 Ryk Og 1 Aflevering (literally 2 Dash And 1 Pass) from Aage Rais-Nordentoft produced by newcomer Louise Vesth in collaboration with Ib Tardini.
Based on a script by the director and author Jesper Wung-Sung, it tells the story of a 16 year-old boy, attempting to choose between his two great passions - girls and football. The cast (pictured) is made up of young talents Jacob Oliver Krarup (Anton) and Cyron B. Melville (The Man Beast) as well as Niels Ellegaard and Ann Eleonora Jorgensen.