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Scandinavian 2015 Review: Silent Heart, A Tragic Chamber Piece

Silent Heart is a fast-moving character drama that all takes place over a weekend in a country home in Denmark. The home belongs to elderly couple Poul (Morten Grunwald) and Esther (Ghita Nørby), who is dying. She plans to end her life peacefully with pills, but first arranges for the other two generations of her family to visit for the weekend, for one final but made-up Christmas.Esther's terminal disease is a catalyst, however, for the trouble and crisis in the family's life, particularly the younger daughter Sanne (Danica Curcic) and her new stoner boyfriend Dennis (Pilou Asbæk). Esther's older daughter Heidi (Paprika Steen) brings her husband Michael and child Jonathan, and there is a family friend as well.Domestic tensions simmer to the boil as...

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Film Review: ‘Silent Heart’

Film Review: ‘Silent Heart’
Bille August is in one of his most productive phases but not, alas, one of his more creative ones. “Silent Heart” is a standard-issue tearjerker about a dying matriarch gathering her family around on the weekend she plans to off herself: The only surprise is when the script goes from merely stereotyped to spectacularly silly with a late revelation that would feel idiotic even in a farfetched 1940s meller. The veteran actors are like vintage wine, meaning they season the cask but can’t boost the yield. Sales have been respectable, though “Heart” is best suited to TV slots and long-haul flights.

In a picture-perfect brick house, sitting in picture-perfect isolation surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape, are Esther (Ghita Norby) and Poul (Morten Grunwald). Esther has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Als or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and some time earlier she convinced the family that euthanasia, rather than agonizing debilitation,
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Bille August talks new projects

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Bille August talks new projects
Exclusive: Double Palme d’Or winner is to begin production on 55 Steps in October.

Double Palme d’Or winner Bille August has given further details of his upcoming projects.

August revealed he is to begin production on 55 Steps starring Helena Bonham Carter and Vera Farmiga in October.

The film, on Atlas International’s slate, is about a lawyer defending a schizophrenic patient.

“It’s a story that takes place in San Francisco in 1989. It is based on a true story,” August said. The film details the real-life case of Eleanor Riise (Bonham-Carter), a woman in a mental hospital who hired a lawyer (Farmiga) to sue the medical establishment. John Goodman is also in the cast.

“These two characters are completely opposite. It’s like a ying and yang story but they develop a beautiful friendship,” the director said.

The Us producer is Sara Risher and the European producer is Anita Elsani.

Following 55 Steps
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LevelK beats with August’s Heart

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LevelK beats with August’s Heart
Exclusive: LevelK has boarded world sales for Silent Heart (working title), which reunites director Bille August with his Best Intentions star Ghita Norby.

The cast will also feature Pilou Asbaek (A Hijacking), Paprika Steen, Morten Grunwald, and 2014 Efp Shooting Star Danica Curcia.

The story, written by Christian Torpe, is about a family gathering for an unusual weekend as the terminally ill matriarch (Norby) plans to commit suicide.

The Danish-language film is currently in production for producer Jesper Morthorst at Sf Film Production. Backers also include Sf Film, the Danish Film Institute, TV2 and FilmFyn.

Sf will handle the local release at the end of 2014.

LevelK’s slate also includes four films in festival selection: The Turning, Free Range, The Word and The Contest.
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Bille August readies Quiet Heart shoot

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Bille August readies Quiet Heart shoot
Ghita Nørby stars in family drama to be shot on Danish island of Funen.

While preparing two German features – new adaptions of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark and Austrian author Stefan Zweig’s Beware of Pity - Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August will on Monday start principal photography for a new Danish family drama, Quiet Heart (Stille hjerte), on the island of Funen.

From an original story by Christian Torpe, the Jesper Mothorst production for Sf Film willl reunite August with Danish actress Ghita Nørby, who played the lead in his Ingmar Bergman film from 1992, The Best Intentions (Den goda viljan), which received the Palme d’Or in Cannes.

August also won the top prize in Cannes for Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren/1988), which went on to collect the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Feature.

Quiet Heart follows three generations of a family, gathered for a weekend
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Bille August readies shoot for Quiet Heart

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Bille August readies shoot for Quiet Heart
Ghita Nørby stars in family drama to be shot on Danish island of Funen.

While preparing two German features – new adaptions of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark and Austrian author Stefan Zweig’s Beware of Pity - Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August will on Monday start principal photography for a new Danish family drama, Quiet Heart (Stille hjerte), on the island of Funen.

From an original story by Christian Torpe, the Jesper Mothorst production for Sf Film willl reunite August with Danish actress Ghita Nørby, who played the lead in his Ingmar Bergman film from 1992, The Best Intentions (Den goda viljan), which received the Palme d’Or in Cannes.

August also won the top prize in Cannes for Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren/1988), which went on to collect the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Feature.

Quiet Heart follows three generations of a family, gathered for a weekend
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