LevelK has taken on rights to the two films by rising Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet.
The film are his debut feature Applause (Applaus) and his new film about the late Danish actor-comedian Dirch Passer, which will launch in 2011.
“Martin is a proven talent,” said LevelK’s Managing Director Tine Klint. “In signing him LevelK has also collectively engaged the star team Martin has surrounding him. And it’s a good fit, with both parties sharing the same attitude and drive towards film. We have strong faith in Martin and will continue to back his growing body of work.”
Paprika Steen has picked up numerous festival awards for Applause, including the best actress award in Karlovy Vary. She plays an actress who is just out of rehab and tries to regain control of her life. Anders Frithiof August and Zandvliet wrote the script. Mikael Christian Rieks produced for Koncern Film.
World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation is handling the film in the US.
Zandvliet, August and Rieks-Koncern Film are all reuniting for the film based on the life of Dirch Passer (1926-1980), which will be co-produced by Nordisk Film.
Nikolaj Lie Kaas plays the lead with a cast also including Lars Ranthe, Lars Brygmann, Malou Rehmann, Martin Buch, Uffe Rørbæk, Annika Aakjær and Laura Bro.
“The film tells the story behind the success, behind the man - it is a film showing the other side of the medal,” explained Zandvliet. “Everybody wants to be famous, but does fame lead to happiness?”
“Dirch Passer was second-to-none on the Danish scene, in revue theatre and on film - he was our Dean Martin, Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman. But he was also blinded by his own success, and he let down his family, his children, his best friend and not least himself in his efforts to be seen, understood and loved,” he added.
Zandvliet previously directed feature documentary Angels of Brooklyn.