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Bille August dirigerà il nuovo lungometraggio danese di Netflix Ehrengard

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- Il vincitore di un Oscar, un Golden Globe e due volte Palma d'Oro sta preparando un dramma basato su uno degli ultimi lavori di Karen Blixen

Bille August dirigerà il nuovo lungometraggio danese di Netflix Ehrengard
Il regista Bille August e Margherita II di Danimarca preparano Ehrengard (© Jacob Jørgensen/JJ Film)

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Yesterday, Netflix announced the making of Ehrengard, a new Danish Netflix feature directed by Academy Award, Golden Globe and two-time Palme d’Or winner Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, The Best Intentions).

The script, based on Karen Blixen’s work of the same name, was penned by Anders August (A Fortunate Man [+leggi anche:
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, Follow the Money, The Pig) and was developed by Jacob Jørgensen for JJ Film. In detail, the story is set in the fairy-tale kingdom of Babenhausen, where a young, self-appointed expert on love, Cazotte, is hired by the scheming Grand Duchess to help her secure an heir. While searching for a suitable future Princess, Cazotte teaches the timid and introverted Crown Prince the art of seduction and lovemaking. But their plan soon backfires, when an heir is conceived out of wedlock and the royal family has to seek refuge in the castle of Rosenbad. Here, as rivals within the royal family close in on their scheme, Cazotte himself falls in love with Ehrengard, the maid of honour, and gradually learns that, in fact, he’s no expert on love at all.

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Curiously enough, Ehrengard will feature set design by Margrethe II. Since 1970, the Queen of Denmark has been engaged in a number of artistic fields, such as painting, church textiles, watercolours, prints, book illustrations, découpage works, scenography and embroidery. She is an honorary member of the Association of Danish Scenographers in recognition of her many years of work as a set designer in Danish film, television and theatre.

Talking about his project, August said: “Ehrengard being realised as a Netflix film is a grand opportunity – and I’m really looking forward to introducing this fascinating story of seduction and desire to a global audience. The Queen has created the most fantastic découpages for the occasion, and they will be the dominant feature of the film’s overall scenographic expression. ‘Fantastic’ (in the most literal sense) is our starting point for the film; we wish to use humour and elegance to create a devil-may-care, burlesque, fabulous and autonomous visual universe.”

Speaking about her involvement, the monarch commented: “Karen Blixen’s stories have always fascinated me, with their aesthetic tales, their imagination and their, to me, image-creating worlds – and I’m very happy to be part of this project. [...] I have tried to interpret Blixen’s fantastic universe in the creation of the découpages and costumes, and I’m looking forward to seeing the tale of Ehrengard come to life in this film.”

Finally, SF Studios producer Marcella Dichmann added: “I am deeply honoured to be part of this wonderful project, about a woman's clever response to male seduction. Bille August is an icon of Scandinavian film, and together with the découpages created by Queen Margrethe II, the vision is strong for this movie. For me, it is an amazing privilege to be working on this film and, together with Netflix, to be able to share it globally.”

Ehrengard is being produced by Marcella Dichmann (Loving Adults, The Exception [+leggi anche:
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