Magazine article Screen International

'Brotherhood' Director Readies Wartime Movie about Danish Jews

Magazine article Screen International

'Brotherhood' Director Readies Wartime Movie about Danish Jews

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Brotherhood director Nicolo Donato is to return with Fuglene over sundet, a Second World War film about the escape of Jews from Denmark in October 1943.

The cast includes Danica Curcic, David Dencik, Laura Bro, Jacob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Signe Egholm Olsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Lars Brygmann.

Scandinavian major Svensk Filmindustri's Danish subsidiary SF Film and production entity SF Film production will produce.

It marks the follow-up to Donato's neo-Nazi drama, Brotherhood, which won prizes including the Golden Marc'Aurelio Award at the Rome Film Festival in 2009.

Set in 1943, it centres on Arne Itkin, a famous Jewish jazz musician living in Copenhagen with his wife Miriam and their five-year-old son Jacob.

Rumours about deportation of the Danish Jews start to flourish, and when rumors suddenly turn to reality the Itkin-family is forced to flee their home. They are told that local fishermen are ferrying Danish Jews from Gilleleje to Sweden, but Nazi collaborators and the Gestapo are on their tail.

The small family now has to put their fate in the hands of strangers and trust them with their lives, if they hope to escape the Nazis.

Director Donato is the grandson of one of the characters portrayed in the film - the fisherman NB, played by Jacob Cedergren. …

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