Magazine article Screen International

Norway's Breien to Shoot Down's Detective in Prague

Magazine article Screen International

Norway's Breien to Shoot Down's Detective in Prague

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Norwegian director Bard Breien will shoot his second feature The Down's Detective in the Czech Republic, it was announced yesterday at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The film is a Norwegian-Czech-Danish-German co-production, and it will start shooting in late August.

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The Down's Detective

The story is about a man with Down's syndrome who wants to be a private detective. He has to pursue a former ice-skating legend who is now down on his luck. Svein Andre Hofso, who has Down's syndrome, will play the lead [he is pictured in character].

Breien, who also wrote the script, said: "I want to tell an entertaining, exciting and touching story that will challenge the audience. It will be an adventure with one foot planted firmly in a well-known genre where a lonely private detective has to solve a mystery in a cold, dark and hostile world, while the other foot sets out in a completely unknown direction. The Down's Detective is a film that sparkles with laughter as well as strong emotions, while the whole story and the main protagonist in particular are constantly balancing on the thin edge between tragedy and comedy."

Producer Pål Røed added: "Just before Christmas 2011, we set off to scout the Czech Republic and Hungary as potential destinations. We were hoping that financial possibilities, lower production costs and different locations would enable us to make The Down's Detective in a better way than back home. …

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