Includes new projects from Svendsen, Runge
Danish producer Per Holst, whose “Max Pinlig” premiered Monday as part of the Generation Kplussidebar, is revving up production at his Copenhagen-based Asta Film on a slew of inhouse and European co-productions, including new projects from “Max” helmer Lotte Svendsen and Berlinale award winner Bjoern Runge.“Max Pinlig” is the story of a boy dealing with his first crush while his mother is forced to face her own mixed feelings about her son growing up. Holst most recently produced Nicolo Donato’s upcoming debut feature “Brotherhood,” which he describes as “a dangerous love story in a very violent society.” Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro and Morten Holst star in the drama about two young men who fall in love despite their links to the neo-Nazi scene. Trust Film is handling international sales for the pic, which is currently in post. Turning to more family-friendly fare, Asta is partnering with Ronald Kruschak of Studio Hamburg on “How Pauli and Esther Save the World,” about a 10-year-old girl who is magically transported into the living world of her ailing grandfather’s model railroad village. Tommy Wigand (“The Flying Classroom”) is set to direct the pic from a script by Jens Maria Merz. Runge, whose competition screener “Om jag vaender mig om” (Daybreak) picked up two prizes in Berlin in 2004, is set to direct “Simon,” an adaptation of Marianne Fredriksson’s novel about two boys growing up in Sweden during World War II, for Asta, Sweden’s Goeta Film and Berlin-based Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv. Holst will reteam with Svendsen on “Wings of Love,” a teen romance about a gang member from a rough, ethnically mixed Danish community who falls for a beautiful and talented girl after his friends steal her prized violin.