Magazine article Screen International

Bille August to Adapt Lykke-Per

Magazine article Screen International

Bille August to Adapt Lykke-Per

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Danish film-maker Bille August is to direct an adaptation of Henrik Pontoppidan's masterpiece Lykke-Per.

The classic Danish novel, written from 1898-1904, will be adapted for the cinema by Denmark's Nordisk Film Production, which has acquired the rights from the Gyldendal Group Agency,

Produced by Karin Trolle and Thomas Heinesen, it will shoot in 2014.

August recently signed to direct an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's 1932 novel Laughter in the Dark and his first local feature in 25 years, Marie Krøyer, is currently closing in on 300,000 admissions domestically.

"To me it has always been the greatest novel ever written in Danish - he personifies the complexity and contradictions of the Danishsoul," said August. "I have been raving about it for a long time, without really daring to do something about it. It is like written for cinema."

Lykke-Per is the story of the vicar's son from Jutland and his quest for a happy life. …

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