Hollywood veterans Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara have been the latest additions to the all-star cast of Danish maverick Lars von Trier's highly anticipated follow-up to the multiple award-winning Dancer In The Dark.
His new project, Dogville, has already attracted high-profile talent, including: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Chloe Sevigny and Jeremy Davies as well as Trier regulars Stellan Skarsgaard, Katryn Cartlidge and Siobhan Fallon.
Dogville shoots from Jan 7 in the Swedish regional fund, Film I Vast's Trollhattan studious, where Trier also filmed Dancer. The film has, like previous Trier efforts, attracted backing from several European partners in Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands. Vibeke Windeloev is once again holding the producer reins with Peter Aalbaek Jensen acting as executive producer, and Zentropa's Trust Film Sales in charge of world sales.
The Danish film industry has in recent weeks been holding its breath after the recent election where the social-democratic party lost after eight years in power. Uncertainty about the new government's financial policy have threatened to freeze the support from the Danish Film Institute, delaying several planned productions. However, Dogville appears to have had its state subsidy approved and will go ahead as planned. The $10m (DKR83m) film has backing from the Danish Film Institute to the tune of $1.2m (DKR9.3m).