Anders Thomas Jensen is co-writing the film about a hairdresser/cancer survivor who falls in love en route to her daughter’s wedding.
Danish director Susanne Bier, whose latest feature, In a Better World (Hævnen) — a hot sales item at the recent Cannes market — is preparing a romantic comedy for Zentropa Entertainments.
Scripted with regular co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen, the film follows a beautiful hairdresser, Marianne, who has lost a breast to cancer. On the way to her daughter’s wedding in Italy, she falls in love with Emil – but he has a girlfriend already, and she is not sure she is prepared for a new man in her life.
Sisse Graum Jørgensen will produce – title and cast are yet to be announced. Bier’s 12th feature will receive $0.9m (DKK 6m) support from the Danish Film Institute, which has chipped in for four comedies from its pool for films with a commercial potential.
Zentropa (Louise Vesth) will also realise Clown (Klovn), a TV2 sitcom aiming for the big screen under the direction of Mikkel Nørgaard. Clown leads Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam has written the story of two comedians hit by the financial crisis; they will perform with Mia Lyhne, Iben Hjejle and Lars Hjortshøj. The Danish Film Institute has invested $0.8m (DKK 4.9m) in the production which will shoot from August.
Henrik Møller Sørensen, of ASA Film, will add to his Father of Four (Far til fire) franchise: Father of Four-Back to Nature (Tilbage til naturen), the fifth feature in the series, will lense from next month (July), directed by Claus Bjerre and with a cast of Niels Olsen, Jess Ingerslev, Tammi Øst, Anders Hove and Jacob Lohmann. Bjerre, Thomas Glud and Lars Detlefsen has scripted the film which has received $0.8m (DKK 4.7m) institute funding.
After various television series Niels Nørlev will have his feature debut by The Class Reunion (Klassefesten), a Nordisk Film production by Tomas Radoor and Renè Ezra starring Anders W Berthelsen, Troels Lyby and Nikolaj Kopernikus. Marie Østerbye has delivered the script about three old mates on the way to their 25th school anniversary; the film will shoot in October-November and is backed by $0.8m (DKK 5m) institute finance.