ZentropaEntertainments and DOR-Film are to be partners on the first ever Danish-Austrianco-production with Jacob Thuesen's Erik Nietzsche - The Early Years. Thisalso marks the first collaboration between national public funds the DanishFilm Institute (DFI) and the Austrian Film Institute who are backing theproject that previously had Lone Scherfig attached asdirector.
Based on Larsvon Trier's own traumatic experiences as a student atthe Danish Film School, ErikNietzsche has Sweden's Memfis Filmand France's Slot Machine onboard as co-producersand has also attracted backing from Eurimages.Principal photography is slated for this summer and Trust Film Sales willhandle international distribution.
During apresentation by the DFI at last week's Diagonale in Graz, Vienna-based producer Knut Ogris of Pale BlueProductions told Screen Daily thatanother Danish-Austrian co-production is in the works.
Pale Blue hasbrought Zentropa's documentary arm, Zentropa Real, to Tel Aviv-based filmmaker Yoav Shamir's next project, It Used To Be AGreat Flag about the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. The Danish Film Instituteand Israel Film Fund are backing the feature which will shoot at locations in Israel, Denmark, Austria, Poland, France and - possibly - the USA. Shamir's lastfilm 5 Days screened at this year'sSundance Film Festival.