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Interview: Nikolaj Lie Kaas on Playing the Complex Lead in Denmark's Oscar Submission 'You Disappear'

By Jose Solís.

Since his breakthrough performance in The Idiots, where he played the sensitive, tragic Jeppe, Nikolaj Lie Kaas has remained one of the most interesting male actors in the world. Jumping from genre to genre, and from big Hollywood productions, to intellectual television series, his body of work is as varied as it’s complex. He’s played real life people, an assassin trying to thwart Tom Hank’s plans, a romantic hero, and one of the most beloved literary characters in contemporary Scandinavian fiction. But in Peter Schønau Fog’s You Disappear he reveals layers previously unseen as he plays Frederik Halling, a school headmaster whose world is shaken when he’s accused of embezzlement. Could it be that the brain tumor affecting his personality is to blame, or has Frederik always been this way?

The late, great Michael Nyqvist plays Frederik’s lawyer, and Trine Dyrholm plays his loving wife.
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Gravitas Ventures Nabs North American Rights to Danish Oscar Entry ‘You Disappear’ (Exclusive)

Gravitas Ventures Nabs North American Rights to Danish Oscar Entry ‘You Disappear’ (Exclusive)
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Peter Schonau Fog’s “You Disappear,” the Danish candidate for the foreign-language Oscar race.

Produced by Zentropa and repped in international markets by TrustNordisk, “You Disappear” world premiered at Toronto. It stars Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and the late Michael Nyqvist.

Based on Christian Jungersen’s best-selling novel, “You Disappear” follows Frederik, a headmaster put on trial for embezzling millions from his school. His defense lawyer argues Frederik is not criminally liable because he has a brain tumor that is affecting his behavior.

The deal was negotiated by Susan Wendt, the head of international sales and marketing, and Zach Hamby, acquisitions manager at Gravitas Ventures.

Gravitas plans on releasing “You Disappear” in spring 2018.

You Disappear” will be screening for Academy members in L.A. throughout November and December.
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Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury

Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury
Trine Dyrholm, the Danish star of such films as The Celebration, In a Better World and The Commune, will head up this year's international feature jury at the Zurich International Film Festival.

Dyrholm is the undisputed queen of Danish cinema, winner of six Bodil awards, the Danish equivalent of the Oscar, for her work, as well as multiple international honors, including a best actress prize last year in Berlin for The Commune, where she played a professional newscaster in 1970s Copenhagen whose attempts to set up a commune in her own home end in disaster. She most recently appeared in Susanna...
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Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1988” Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Nico, 1988”

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s award-winning drama about Christa Päffgen, better known as Nico, has secured distribution. Deadline reports that Magnolia Pictures snagged the U.S. rights to “Nico, 1988” and is planning a theatrical release for sometime in 2018. Trine Dyrholm (“The Commune”) portrays the Danish multi-hyphenate, who is best known for providing vocals on the Velvet Underground’s debut album, being a muse to Andy Warhol, and acting in Warhol’s “Chelsea Girls” and Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” She was also a musician and songwriter.

Nico, 1988” takes an atypical approach to telling Nico’s story. Rather than depict the glamorous height of her fame, the film “centers on the final two years of Nico’s life in 1987 and 1988, approaching 50 and living a solitary life in Manchester,” the source summarizes. “Her manager Richard (John Gordon Sinclair) convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago.”

The biopic won the Horizons competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Nico, 1988” isn’t the first woman-directed film focused on Nico. Susan Ofteringer helmed the 1996 documentary “Nico-Icon.”

Nicchiarelli’s previous credits include “Cosmonaut” and “Esca viva.”

You can check out a trailer for “Nico, 1988” below.

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Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1988” Acquired by Magnolia Pictures was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Magnolia Acquires Venice Film Fest Fave ‘Nico, 1988’

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Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1998,” the distributor announced on Wednesday. The film is a look at the last two years of the Velvet Underground singer and actress’s life. Financial terms were not disclosed. Danish actress, singer and songwriter Trine Dyrholm plays Nico during singer and former Warhol superstar’s last hurrah during the final two years of her life, 1987 and 1988, when her new manager convinces her to go on tour and promote her new album. Nico is also looking to reconnect with her son. “Nico, 1988” won Best Film in Horizon section at this.
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Venice Winner ‘Nico, 1988’ Acquired By Magnolia Pictures

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Nico, 1988, the biopic of sorts of the sometime-Velvet Underground lead singer that was written and directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli. The pic both opened and won the Horizons competition at the Venice Film Festival, and now Magnolia is planning a 2018 theatrical release. Danish actress-singer-songwriter Trine Dyrholm stars as Nico, the Andy Warhol discovery who sang lead vocals on several tracks of Vu’s 1967 debut album…
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Denmark Selects ‘You Disappear’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

Rolling off its international premiere at Toronto Film Festival, Peter Schønau Fog’s drama “You Disappear” has been chosen to represent Denmark in the Foreign Language Oscar category.

Based on Christian Jungersen’s bestselling novel and penned by Fog, “You Disappear” centers on a woman who is married to a successful headmaster suffering from a brain tumor. The film is a “story about the challenges we face as neuroscience forces us to rethink what we are as human beings,” said TrustNordisk.

“You Disappear” was selected over Henrik Ruben Genz’ “Word of God” and Fenar Ahmad’s “Darkland.”

“You Disappear” was well received at Toronto. Several reviews pointed out the strong performances of Trine Dyrholm and Nikolaj Lie Kaas as the two lead actors. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and the late Michael Nyqvist complete the cast.

The film, which marks Fog’s follow up to “The Art of Crying,” was produced by Louise Vesth at Zentropa, with
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Oscars: Denmark Selects 'You Disappear' for Foreign-Language Category

Oscars: Denmark Selects 'You Disappear' for Foreign-Language Category
Denmark has picked Peter Schonau Fog's psychological drama You Disappear to represent the country in the 2018 Oscars race in the foreign-language category.

The feature stars Danish A-listers Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and the late Michael Nyqvist. Based on the best-selling novel by Danish writer Christian Jungersen, it follows Frederik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a headmaster put on trial for embezzling millions from his school. His defense lawyer, played by Nyqvist, argues Frederik is not criminally liable because he has a brain tumor that is affecting his behavior. Dyrholm plays Frederik's wife, Mia.

You Disappear premiered at the Toronto International...
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Toronto Film Review: ‘You Disappear’

Toronto Film Review: ‘You Disappear’
As Oliver Sacks’ best-selling tomes proved, there’s an irresistible fascination to the more peculiar regions of neuroscience and related dysfunctional behavior. That doesn’t mean every such disorder is a natural for dramatization, however. It certainly doesn’t mean the discussion of such disorders is inherently dramatic. Strenuously failing to convince otherwise on both counts is “You Disappear,” an initially absorbing, increasingly exasperating study of a family man whose actions grow inexplicable and indefensible after it’s discovered he has a brain tumor.

To what extent can those actions be defended as direct results of his condition? It’s an interesting question, but not as posed over and over in a mix of arid courtroom testimony and earnestly plodding dramatic conflict, all of which presumably worked better in Christian Jungersen’s original novel. Despite the involvement of some significant Danish cinema talent, this is a misfire whose main export value may be as discussion fodder for
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Tiff Review: ‘You Disappear’ is a Disjointed Look at the Repercussions of our Body’s Chemistry

What if it was an established fact that free will as a concept was dictated by our body’s chemistry? Every decision we think we’re making is really made implicitly by our organs — more correctly, they are dictating to our brains what it is we want. That shopping spree for things you don’t need? That affair with someone you don’t even like? You can’t control either impulse if you truly wanted to because your hormones and biological imperatives in those specific moments have forced your hand. Just think about the sheer chaos that would ensue from such a revelation. You could connect every horrible act you’ve ever committed to some bit of undigested beef (as Ebenezer Scrooge would say). And while under such duress, your body couldn’t stop itself.

It’s a perfect science fiction premise that sprawls to include memories and vision — both
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Venice Facetime: Susanna Nicchiarelli, Director of ‘Nico, 1988’

Venice Facetime: Susanna Nicchiarelli, Director of ‘Nico, 1988’
Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli made a splash in Venice with her 2009 debut “Cosmonauta,” set during the space race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. She’s back on the Lido with “Nico, 1988,” about Velvet Underground lead singer Christa Paffgen, better known as Nico, who was among Andy Warhol’s muses. It’s a biopic of sorts, which focuses on the years 1987 and 1988, the last two years of Nico’s life, and stars Danish star Trine Dyrholm. Nicchiarelli spoke to Variety about her film, which opens the Venice Horizons section.

What drew you to the project?

Nico’s music, more than anything else: so bravely uncompromising, so painfully uncommon, yet so fascinating and important for all the music that followed, for the style and atmosphere it initiated… what I find surprising is how little this second part of Nico’s musical production is known, and how little everybody knows of her life in the seventies and
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Venice 2017: Nico, 1988 Trailer and Poster, The Priestess of Darkness in Her Full Glory

Susana Nicchiarelli's eccentric biopic about the final days of Nico, the equally eccentric former "Factory Girl" and front woman of Lou Reed's Velvet Underground, is being roundly praised following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival today. Nico, 1988 is being called authentic, while early reviews also praise a pitch-perfect performance by actress Trine Dyrholm. The first trailer for the film has appeared and if this short look is anything to go by, I think the film will be a powerhouse in terms of filmmaking, performance and music. Synopsis: Nico, 1988 is the story of Nico's last tours with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties: years in which the "priestess of darkness", as she was called, found herself again, shaking off...

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‘Nico, 1988’: Film Review | Venice 2017

‘Nico, 1988’: Film Review | Venice 2017
Long past her glory days as a superstar beauty at Andy Warhol’s Factory and sometimes lead singer for the Velvet Underground, Christa Paffgen, known professionally as Nico, is tumbling down the slope of heroin addiction as Nico, 1988 opens. Concentrating on her band’s disastrous tour from Manchester, England, to Italy and East Europe, writer-director Susanna Nicchiarelli dives deeply into the life of a tragic but remarkable woman, memorably portrayed by Danish actress and singer Trine Dyrholm as an unpleasant, hurtful junkie plagued with memories and regrets. It opened Venice Horizons with a rebellious backward look at the counterculture of the...
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Venice Film Review: ‘Nico, 1988’

In the most exciting scene of “Nico, 1988,” the former singer for the Velvet Underground walks onto the stage of a gloomy outlaw performance space in Communist Prague. She’s in a foul mood (she hates Communists); we’ve already seen her throw a restaurant tantrum in which she shouted for someone — anyone — to get her some heroin. Wearing leather pants and a studded bracelet, Trine Dyrholm, the 45-year-old Danish actress who plays Nico, looks like a long-black-haired, coldly fierce erotic-zombie version of Roseanne Barr. As she stares down the crowd, launching into a shockingly charged rendition of “My Heart Is Empty,” her hate erupts like a rock ‘n’ roll volcano. Did the real Nico ever give a performance this full of animal energy? Even if she didn’t, “Nico, 1988” is authentic enough, in its moods and music, to earn the sequence. For a moment, the film becomes a vintage pop biopic, baptized
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31 underrated movies well worth a look

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
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‘Nico 1988’, Biopic About Velvet Underground Singer, To Open Venice Horizons

‘Nico 1988’, Biopic About Velvet Underground Singer, To Open Venice Horizons
Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli's Nico 1988, a biopic about Velvet Underground lead singer Christa Paffgen, better known as Nico, is set to open the Venice Film Festival's Horizon section. The film will have its world premiere on the fest's opening day on August 30 in Sala Darsena. The film stars Danish multihyphenate Trine Dyrholm, who started out as a singer and who won the 2016 Berlin Golden Bear for her work in Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune. She'll star as…
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‘Nico, 1988,’ Biopic of Velvet Underground Singer, to Open Venice Horizons Section

Rome – Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s biopic “Nico, 1988,” about the late German chanteuse who was among Andy Warhol’s muses and sang with the Velvet Underground, has been set as the opening film of the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section dedicated to cutting-edge fare.

The hotly anticipated film will screen on August 30 in the Lido’s Sala Darsena.

Danish actress, singer and songwriter Trine Dyrholm, who won the 2016 Berlin Silver Bear for her role in Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” plays the title role in this biopic of sorts, which focuses on the years 1987 and 1988, the last two years of Nico’s life.

In the film Dyrholm brings “the artist-icon Nico back to life” playing the part “with her own voice and transforming herself physically,” according to a Venice statement.

“This is the story of Nico after Nico,” Nicchiarelli said in the statement.

“People usually talk about her only in relation to the men she was
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‘The Legacy: Season Three’ Review

When watching dramas that come out of Europe, we tend to think that we’ll get some good Nordic Noir where there is plenty of murder and mystery. The Legacy though is a Danish family drama with no actual murder at all (well to be fair there is a death)… When Hannah (Karla Løkke) tragically dies while on a protest with her art group the Grønnegaard family is in turmoil, especially Frederik (Carsten Bjørnlund) her father. Coming together as a family they all look to find their place, and a way to carry on.

Starting on the third season probably isn’t the best with The Legacy, but this is what I found myself doing when reviewing it. What I found though was a story that was easy to pick up on, and a group of characters that may be flawed, but were easy to relate to, and to like.
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Exclusive: Meet The Boss In Clip From Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’

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Living with a roommate is one thing, but living with several can get complicated. The drama and interpersonal dynamics that unfold when many people get together under one, free-spirited roof takes center stage in director Thomas Vinterberg‘s (“The Celebration,” “Far From The Madding Crowd“) latest film, “The Commune.”

Starring Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe and Fares Fares, the movie takes a look at ambitious group of adults who establish an idealistic commune, only to watch it crumble in the face of personal scandal.

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TrustNordisk boards biopic of children’s author Astrid Lindgre

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TrustNordisk boards biopic of children’s author Astrid Lindgre
Becoming Astrid to chronicle early years of Pippi Longstocking creator.

TrustNordisk has boarded sales for Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Becoming Astrid, which is shooting now in Göteborg, Stockholm, Berlin and Altenburg.

Alba August = the 23-year-old daughter of Pernilla August and Bille August - stars in the lead role, with co-stars Trine Dyrholm, Magnus Krepper and Maria Bonnevie.

The film is about the early years of famed children’s author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking) when she experienced something that was a “combination of both miracle and calamity that came to shape her entire life.”

Kim Fupz Aakeson wrote the script.

Producers are Anna Anthony for Avanti Film and Lars G. Lindström for Nordisk Film Production Sweden in co-production with Film Väst, TV4, Nordisk Film Production Denmark and Dcm, in association with Dr.

The project has support from the Swedish Film Institute, the Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
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