LONDON — The Dogma partners are at it again.
Danish helmers Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen and Kristian Levring will each shoot a 70-minute feature this New Year’s Eve to be aired simultaneously on Denmark’s four national TV networks on New Year’s Day.
“It is a big experiment,” said Bo Ehrhardt, whose company Nimbus Film will produce the project. “I was pretty surprised the broadcasters said yes. There is no guarantee of the outcome. But these guys have (shot from the hip) before, and if anyone can do it, they can.”
The four signatories of the Dogma 95 manifesto (which advocates bare-bones filmmaking and has spawned such fest hits as “The Celebration” and “Mifune”) will man a directors’ “bunker” from which they’ll each steer one main actor and a crew around Copenhagen on millennium eve night.
The DK3.8 million ($528,000) project, called “D-Day,” will then dominate Denmark’s airwaves in an unprecedented cooperative broadcast on Jan. 1. DR-TV, TV2, TV3 and TvDanmark will air the four films on their primary channels, and a mix of split-screen and directors-booth segments on their remaining five channels.
The filmmakers also plan to cut a feature version that will incorporate all four films, said Von Trier’s exec producer, Peter Aalbaek Jensen of Zentropa Entertainment. The pic will be sold internationally by Trust Films.
Separately, Nimbus and Zentropa announced they will co-produce four as-yet-untitled Dogma films with backing from the Danish Film Institute and DR-TV. The pics, budgeted at $1 million each, will be helmed by Henrik Genz, Ole Christian Madsen, Lone Schertig and Aake Sandgren.