The final pieces of financing have fallen into place on Thomas Vinterberg's eagerly-awaited new project It's All About Love, his first since acclaimed Dogme title The Celebration, with Japan's Shochiku pre-buying Japanese rights and Marianne Slot's Slot Machine and Lars Jonsson's Memfis Film boarding as French and Swedish partners.
The $10m English-language science-fiction love fable, originated by Denmark's Nimbus Film, will shoot from April 1, 2001 on location and in studios in Denmark and Film i Vast in Sweden with extensive second unit filming in New York and around the globe.
Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek of Nimbus Film handled the notoriously tough pre-sale to Japan with the help of Zentropa-owned Trust Film Sales.
It's All About Love tells the story of two lovers' attempt to save their relationship in a near-future world on the brink of spiritual collapse. Amid sudden flaws in the laws of nature, where people drop dead in the streets of New York and the population of Uganda becomes weightless, John and world-famous ice-skating star Elena sign divorce papers, only to realise that love is a cause worth fighting for. Vinterberg, who co-wrote with Mogens Rukov (The Celebration).
Trust Film Sales' Annakarin Strom is handling sales for non-English speaking territories while FilmFour's Sue Bruce-Smith is handling English-speaking territories. Backers and distributors already on board include: the UK's FilmFour, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Film i Vast, Italy's Key Films, Germany's Senator Film, Greece's Ama Films and the Swedish Film Institute.
Casting on the film will be revealed in January 2001.