Danish Film Institute saves ‘Dogville’

Von Trier's $10 million pic will start filming Jan. 7

COPENHAGEN — The cash crisis that threatened Danish helmer Lars von Trier’s Nicole Kidman starrer, “Dogville,” and his Zentropa Entertainments production house was averted Sunday.

The Danish Film Institute has agreed to hand over a $1.2 million subsidy, which had been held up after a newly elected government froze all public expenditure.

The $10 million pic will now start filming Jan. 7 as planned. On Friday Zentropa Entertainments managing director Peter Aalbæk Jensen had warned that the pic would be canceled unless he received the money within a few days. Pre-production debts and compensation for contracts already signed would have finished off the company.

“Dogville” will shoot entirely on stage over nine weeks at Swedish regional film center, Film i Väst at Trollhättan. Paul Bettany and Ben Gazzara have been added to the cast.

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