Hip-hop helmer plans tribute to Sweden's Vreeswijk
STOCKHOLM — Amir Chamdin, the helmer-thesp who found fame in Swedish hip-hop group Infinite Mass, is to direct “Citizen, Good Evening” a biopic about the late poet and singer Cornelis Vreeswijk.Pic will be produced by by Martina Stohr and exec produced by Daniel Sachs for Chamdin’s shingle, Chamdin & Stohr Film, in association with Warner Music Group, Sonet Film, Swedish pubcaster Sveriges Television (SvT) and Sweden’s film fund and production center Film i Vast. The lead will be played by rock singer Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, aka Hank from Hell, the frontman for rock band Turbonegro. Vreeswijk was born in the Netherlands in 1937 and moved to Sweden with his family as a child. During the 1960s, he became one of the country’s most beloved singers/songwriters and also appeared in films and on stage. By the time of his death from liver cancer at the age of fifty, Vreeswijk had become an icon of the Swedish music scene, and he was honored with burial at the Katarina Church, a national cemetery in Stockholm. Pic will start shooting in the spring and is due to open in November.