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Jonas Alexander Arnby immersed in principal photography for Suicide Tourist

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- Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Tuva Novotny, the much-anticipated sophomore feature by the Danish director boasts an international cast and a highly acclaimed crew

Jonas Alexander Arnby immersed in principal photography for Suicide Tourist
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Solbjørg Højfeldt in a scene from Jonas Alexander Arnby’s sophomore film, Suicide Tourist (© Jørgen Nordby)

Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby is currently shooting his much-anticipated sophomore feature, the mystery romantic drama Suicide Tourist [+see also:
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. Arnby, who rose to prominence with his Cannes Critics’ Week-premiered mystery-horror debut, When Animals Dream [+see also:
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]
, has assembled an acclaimed international cast, led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Tuva Novotny (Borg/McEnroe [+see also:
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).

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Described as a “disturbing existential wake-up call”, Suicide Tourist follows Max Isaksen (Coster-Waldau), an insurance claims adjuster who is investigating the disappearance of a married man named Arthur. The trail will lead him to the Aurora Hotel, a remote, secretive luxury resort that has a particular speciality: assisting its guests to fulfil their fantasy suicides. Going through his own existential crisis, Max proceeds to question his own life, death and his perception of reality, as he comes to understand that suicide might be his only way to escape from the hotel. Novotny plays Max’s wife, Lærke, while the rest of the cast includes Sobjørg Højfeldt (Ride Upon the Storm), Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), Kaya Wilkins (Thelma [+see also:
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]
), Sonja Richter (The Day Will Come [+see also:
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), Lorraine Hilton (The Wolfman), Jan Bijvoet (A Prophet [+see also:
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) and Johanna Wokalek (Freedom [+see also:
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).

The script is based on a book by Rasmus Birch, who also penned When Animals Dream, while Arnby is again teaming up with director of photography Niels Thastum and composer Mikkel Hess. The crew includes editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis (The Lobster [+see also:
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]
), production designer Simone Grau Roney (Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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]
) and sound designer Tormod Ringnes (Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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]
). The film is shooting in Western Norway, Trollhättan in Sweden, and Berlin, and is slated to wrap later in November.

Suicide Tourist is being co-produced by Eva Jacobsen, Mikkel Jersin and Katrin Pors for Copenhagen-based Snowglobe with Germany’s DCM, Norway’s Mer Film, France’s Charades, and Sweden’s Film i Väst and Garagefilm International. It is supported by the Danish Film Institute, DR, the Norwegian Film Institute, Zefyr, the Swedish Film Institute, SVT, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, DFFF, ZDF/Arte, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme and Eurimages. French firm Charades handles the international sales, and the film is due to be delivered by spring 2019, for a local theatrical release on 21 November 2019.

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