Scherfig, Fly, Madsen, Kari, Vinterberg, Metz form co-op
Half a dozen Scandinavian directors — Lone Scherfig, Per Fly, Ole Christian Madsen, Dagur Kari, Thomas Vinterberg and Janus Metz — have formed a co-op for six films with producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy’s Parts and Labor International and Danish producers Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen and Jacob Jorgensen.
The Creative Alliance co-op, announced Monday, is aimed at developing an English-language film project for each director for the international market. Projects will be developed out of Denmark with Knudsen, Van Hoy, Michelsen and Jorgensen actively involved.
The company said it has secured the equity for the development of the six films and is working with the Danish Film Institute and other Scandinavian and European funding bodies.
“We have developed an innovative business model which will make it possible for European directors to develop and direct films in the U.S. with support from funding bodies at home,” the producers said in a statement.
Scherfig’s credits include “The Birthday Trip,” screened at the 1991 Berlin Film Festival, and “Italian for Beginners,” which won the Silver Bear prize for best director in 2001 at Berlin. She directed “An Education,” which received three Oscar nominations including best picture in 2010, and her most recent feature “One Day” stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess with Nina Jacobson, Channel 4 and Focus Features producing.
Fly’s credits include “The Bench,” “The Inheritance,” “Manslaughter” and “The Woman who Dreamed of a Man,” and is in post on “Monica Zetterlund.”
Madsen’s credits include “Kira’s Reason,” “Angels in Fast Motion,” “Flame and Citron” and “Superclasico.”
Kari’s “Dark Horse” screened in Cannes in Un Certain Regard and “The Good Heart” in Toronto.
Vinterberg’s “The Celebration” won the jury prize at Cannes in 1999. His latest film “The Hunt” premiered at Cannes last year and won Mads Mikkelsen the best actor award.
Metz’s feature documentaries include “Love on Delivery,” “Ticket to Paradise” and “Armadillo.”
Knudsen and Van Hoy established Parts and Labor in 2005. Credits include Mike Mills’ “Beginners” and three films that premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: David Lowery’s film “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Shaul Schwarz’s documentary “Narco Cultura” and Andrew Dosunmu’s second feature “Mother of George,” which was acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Jorgensen and Michelsen form the Danish production company JJ Film, which has produced more than 60 productions, including Olafur Eliasson’s “Space Is Progress,” “Memories from Denmark” and “Memories from the World.”