Magazine article Screen International

UK Documentary Filmmaker Tries to Stop Release of Zentropa's into the White

Magazine article Screen International

UK Documentary Filmmaker Tries to Stop Release of Zentropa's into the White

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UK director-producer Alexander Joyce has threatened to get a court injunction stopping the January 27 world premiere Zentropa's latest feature, Norwegian director Peter Næss' Into the White.

"No comments, except the man is trying to squeeze money out of me, which - biologically - any film producer is against," said Danish producer and head of Zentropa Entertainments, Peter Aalbæk Jensen.

"Zentropa's conduct has been dishonest, impudent, totally unacceptable, and a crystal-clear breach of the copyright legislation," Joyce told Norwegian daily, Dagbladet, adding that bringing the screening to a halt solves no problem - he would rather strike a deal with the producer.

Into the White (formerly Comrade) is based on a true event during World War II: on April 27, 1940 German Luftwaffe pilot Horst Schopis' bomber was shot down over Grotli by an RAF fighter, which subsequently had to crashland in the fjells.

Three German and two English crew members found shelter from the strong Norwegian winter in the same isolated cottage. …

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