Copenhagen-based Thura Film, which has offices in London and LA, is lining up a slate of new projects following their action-comedy Old Men In New Cars, which is getting good feedback in the market.
Thura's London-based Ornette Spenceley has picked up Cecilia McAllister's 20 Year Itch, a comedy drama about a isolated woman in her 40s, who starts to re-evaluate her life when she get an anonymous love letter. "It very much has the UK feel of East Is East, but we always look for universal stories, which is why we don't necessarily decide what language they will be shot in right from the start," says Thura founder Michael Obel, who produced Old Men with newcomer Michel Schonnemann.
Getting ready to shoot already in the fall is the Danish language feature directing debut from screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel based on the youth novel Sollerod Blues by Martin Hansen. "It will have the feel and eye level angle on youth like Kids, but the visual style of Fight Club," says Schonnemann, a Cannes 'producer on the move'. The DKR14m film will star a young new cast.
Among other films being readied for Thura are two new projects from Ole Bornedal (I Am Dina), one of which will shoot in 2003, as well as the medical thriller Coma from Joern Faurschou (Body Switch). Obel also co-owns Moonlight Filmproduction, which is in postproduction with My Sister's Kids 2 and is developing the historic drama Angel Of Light for Cannes juror Bille August.