23 Mar 2015, Posted by Liv Saalbach Holse in Uncategorized @en

Yesterday there was a press conference for ”The Danish Girl”, that stars Eddie Redmayne who won an Oscar for best actor in a leading role at this years Oscars. He plays Danish Einar Mogens Wegener/Lili Elbe, one of the first people in the world to successfully undergo a sexchange operation in 1930. His wife Gerda Wegener is played by Swedish Alicia Vikander. The film is directed by Tom Hooper who won an Oscar for best picture in 2010 for “The Kings’ Speech”.

Here are some quotes from the press conference at Charlottenborg, that Copenhagen Film Fund hosted.


Director Hom Hooper:

”When I read the script I knew that we could not make this film without shooting it in Copenhagen. That wouldn’t be possible without Copenhagen Film Fund. It is a dream come true to shoot it here. Here are some outstanding locations. The architecture and the color palette in Copenhagen suits the restraint of our main character.”


Carl Christian Ebbesen (DF), mayor of culture in Copenhagen:

“We set up Copenhagen Film Fund because we wanted a big, international film to be shot in Copenhagen. It brands Copenhagen, but it also creates growth and jobs in the city. We are being hyped as a filmproducing country and city these years. That must continue. It is a scoop for me as mayor to get “The Danish Girl” to the city. As mayor that is something I would like that to continue. I will have to speak to my colleagues, and hopefully we can find the money.”


Thomas Gammeltof, CEO, Copenhagen Film Fund

“We must continue the good situation we are in at the moment. We would like to have two of this type of film every year. We have the physical and creative abilities, and hopefully we will also have the financial means to attract such big films. It is good for the growth and branding. Copenhagen needs that, because we have everything it takes. People from all over the world want to shoot in Copenhagen and we have to capitalize on that situation and make sure it continues. It really makes a difference.”



“The Danish Girl” will shoot for ten days in Copenhagen where Einar Mogens Wegener/Lili Elbe lived with his wife Gerda Wegener.

The film will shoot in 20 different locations in Copenhagen, including Nyhavn, Frederiksberg and the ballroom at Charlottenborg.

In one scene Copenhagen doubles as Paris where Lili Elbe lived for a period.

About 50 scenes will be shot in Copenhagen. The film will also be shot in London and Belgium.

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