Beta Cinema has completed its Cannes lineup with the addition of titles by two of Europe’s leading directors: “The King’s Choice” from Norway’s Erik Poppe and “Yesterday’s Flowers” from Germany’s Chris Kraus.
“The King’s Choice,” which has an 8 million euro ($9.13 million) budget, is a World War II drama starring Jesper Christensen (“Spectre”) and Karl Markovics (“The Counterfeiters”).
Based on true events, “The King’s Choice” depicts the German attack on neutral Norway over three decisive days in April 1940. Other cast members include Anders Baasmo Christiansen (“Kon-Tiki”), Tuva Novotny (“Jalla! Jalla!”), Katharina Schuettler (“13 Minutes,” “Generation War”) and Juliane Koehler (“Two Lives,” “Nowhere in Africa”).
The d.p. is John Christian Rosenlund, who lensed Poppe’s pics “1,000 Times Good Night” and “Troubled Water,” as well as Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams” and “O’Horton.” Poppe also unites with his producing partners Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae of Paradox (Hans Petter Moland’s “In Order of Disappearance,” “A Somewhat Gentle Man”). It is a co-production between Paradox Film (Norway), Zentropa (Sweden), Nordisk (Denmark) and Newgrange Pictures (Ireland).
Poppe’s “A Thousand Times Goodnight,” which starred Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, won best film at the Amandas, Norway’s national film awards, and the Special Jury Grand Prix at Montreal.
Kraus, helmer of the box office and festival hit “Four Minutes,” is shooting romantic drama “Yesterday’s Flowers,” featuring Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Everyone Else”) and French star Adele Haenel, who won Cesars for “Love at First Sight” and “Suzanne.”
Eidinger plays a Holocaust researcher and grandson of a Nazi war criminal, who struggles with his family history, his career and his hatred of people in general. In the midst of his existential and marital crisis, he meets a French research assistant (Haenel), whose grandmother was killed in Auschwitz. Her unconventional attitude and openness irritate to him, but when he gets closer to her, his whole life is turned upside down.
Other cast members include Hannah Herzsprung (“Four Minutes”) and Jan Josef Liefers (“The Baader Meinhof-Complex”).
Shooting is taking place in Berlin, Stuttgart, Vienna, Riga and New York. The film is produced by Dor Film and Four Minutes, supported by MFG, MBB, FFA, DFFF, OFI, FFW, FISA, Eurimages, SWR, ARD Degeto, NDR, ORF, BR and HR.