Magazine article Screen International

Theo James, Ben Kingsley Head to Copenhagen for Corruption Thriller

Magazine article Screen International

Theo James, Ben Kingsley Head to Copenhagen for Corruption Thriller

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The Copenhagen Film Fund is investing $440,000 (euro400,000) in Per Fly's English-language thriller about economic corruption, Backstabbing For Beginners.

Ben Kingsley and Theo James are confirmed to star in the story of a Dane caught in a power struggle with corrupt colleagues while working for the UN's Oil For Food programme.

Fly co-wrote the screenplay with Daniel Pyne and Fly directs for Danish production companies Creative Alliances and Parts & Labor DK. Producers are Malene Blenkov, Lars Knudsen, Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen and Jay van Hoy.

Thanks to the Fund's investment, the film is set to shoot large sections in the Copenhagen area starting in April. The project has already started shooting in Morocco.

Backstabbing For Beginners has a total budget of $8.5m (euro7.7m) with other financing coming from the Danish Film Institute and Nordic, US and Canadian investors.

Copenhagen Film Fund, set up three years ago, has also backed projects including The Danish Girl and The Bridge III. …

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