EXCLUSIVE: Zentropa is again saddling up with Mads Mikkelsen. The Danish powerhouse production company is hatching its first Western, which sales company TrustNordisk is launching at the EFM.

Salvation, set in 1870s America, sees a settler in a corrupt community avenge the murder of his family.

Kristian Levring will direct and has written the script with Anders Thomas Jensen. The Hunt’s Sisse Graum Jorgensen produces.

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Levring promises elements of classic Westerns mixed with inspiration from Nordic and Viking sagas. The $13.5m, predominantly English-language feature will shoot in South Africa in the spring.