Thomas Vinterberg, one of the most promising young filmmakers to emerge from Europe in the last few years, has signed to write and direct his first English-lingo pic, “The Third Lie,” for Alliance Atlantis Pictures.
The Danish director, who co-founded the Dogma ’95 movement — a Euro filmmaking style that emphasized hand-held camera, minimum production values and no on-screen directing credits — with Lars von Trier, came to the attention of the international film community with his third film, “The Celebration,” at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize.
Based on a trilogy of novels by Agota Kristof, “The Notebook,” “The Proof” and “The Third Lie,” pic tells the story of identical twins, Lucas and Klaus, who are reunited after being separated since they were 4 years old. But when they meet again, they are caught between re-inventing the past and remaining the strangers they have become.
Alliance Atlantis Pictures prexy Andras Hamori, who will produce the film, described it as “a powerful story that grapples with family tragedy, the horrors of war and the extraordinary power of childhood imagination.”
Vinterberg will write the screenplay with his regular collaborator, Mogens Rukov.
“‘Celebration’ was one of the most important cinematic events of last year,” Hamori said, “and it is an honor to have Thomas join our family of filmmakers.”
Hamori was previously a producer on David Cronenberg’s “eXistenZ” and Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter,” among other pics, for Alliance Atlantis. He is also a producer of Istvan Szabo’s forthcoming “The Taste of Sunshine” and Shane Meadows’ “A Room for Romeo Brass.”
“The Celebration” was released in the U.S. by October Films. Vinterberg’s other directing credits are “The Boy Who Walked Backwards” and “The Biggest Heroes.”