High court’s unkind cut

Danish director restored final say, salary

A storm is brewing in Denmark regarding the director’s right to final cut.

On Monday the country’s highest court ordered producer Regner Grasten to pay helmer Morten Lorentzen 187,500 Danish kroner ($30,000) in damages after Grasten made changes to 2006’s “The Crumbs — A Very Crumby Christmas,” which altered its tone and color. He also cut Lorentzen’s salary.

On Wednesday Danish directors welcomed the ruling, claiming it ensures their right to final cut.

“The high court has established the director’s artistic freedom,” said Sandra Piras, head of the secretariat at the Danish Film Directors org.

Klaus Hansen from the Danish Producers’ Assn. disagrees. “This was a decision in this specific case,” he said. “There is nothing fundamental about it.”

However, he warned, “In future, we have to advise our members to be very precise in their deals with directors.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading