Ole Christian Madsen to direct drama about beatnik artist
Denmark’s leading arthouse company Nimbus Film is on board to produce “Eik,” a $6.6 million drama about beatnik artist Eik Skaloe.Pic will be helmed by Ole Christian Madsen, who collaborated with Nimbus on his latest film, the Buenos Aires-comedy “SuperClassico,” and previously on WWII drama “Flame & Citron,” which was one of Denmark’s biggest B.O. hit in 2008. Script is co-penned by Madsen and scribe Bo Hr Hansen (“The Art of Crying”). Set in the early 60s, amid the beat generation era, pic turns on Eik’s tumultuous life and unrequited love for Iben, which led him to commit suicide at age 25. “It will be expressionistic in certain ways and impressionistic in others — almost as a blend between the films ‘Control’ (by Anton Corbijn) and ‘Naked Lunch’ (by David Cronenberg),” explained Madsen. “I will mix different genres such as live action, animation and stylistic green screen.” Producer Maja Dyekjaer Giese will present “Eik” to potential partners at the Co-Production Village set up by Les Arcs European Film Festival, which kicks off Saturday in the French Alps. Dyekjaer Giese said she’s already holding negotiations with German and French buyers. Film has received coins from the Danish Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Lensing is skedded for fall or winter 2011 in various cities across Europe. Les Arcs European Film Festival, which runs Dec. 11-18, will put the spotlight on Denmark, with a screening program of Danish films and shorts, and a large Danish delegation of industryites and talent, including helmer Thomas Vinterberg, who will preside over the jury.