Video: The Danish Girl–director on filming in Copenhagen

27 Nov 2015, Posted by Liv Saalbach Holse in Uncategorized @en

Today, the US blockbuster “The Danish Girl” finally have its theatrical release in the US, followed by, among others, the English premiere on January 1st ’16 and the Danish 4th of February ’16.

“The Danish Girl” is an unusual love story from the 1920s, inspired by the Danish artist couple Einar and Gerda Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander) whose marriage and work are challenged when Einar begins a journey to become one of the first transgender women in the world, Lili Elbe.

Read more about the film here.

The film is directed by the Oscar-winning Tom Hooper, who is also behind “Les Miserables” and “The King’s Speech”. He has shot on many locations around the world, but was apparently particularly fond of Copenhagen, as he expresses by his statement at a press conference in Copenhagen in connection with the filming of “The Danish Girl”.

“When I read the script, I knew that we could not make the film without shooting in Copenhagen. And this we could not have done without the Copenhagen Film Fund. It’s a dream come true to shoot here. You have some amazing locations. The architecture and the colors are amazing in Copenhagen and was well suited for the main caracter’s self-control, “said the English director.

Copenhagen Film Fund’s 6 million DKK investment made it possible for the “The Danish Girl”-team to shoot in Copenhagen for 12 days at more than 20 locations in the spring of ’15 – including Nyhavn, the Marble Church and at Charlottenborg. This resulted in a total Danish spend of 14 million DKK.

Hear more about TomHooper’s experiences with filming in Copenhagen in the interview below, made just after the film crew’s visit to the Danish capital.

The director’s joy about filming in Copenhagen, could indicate an interest in a repeatition, and Copenhagen Film Fund is already in dialogue with the production companies behind, Working Title and Universal, about new projects taking place in Greater Copenhagen.