Magazine article Variety

'Papillon' Helmer Noer Sets Next Pic

Magazine article Variety

'Papillon' Helmer Noer Sets Next Pic

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DANISH DIRECTOR MICHAEL Noer is reteaming with Scandinavian powerhouse TrustNordisk on an untitled period suspense drama that will be the director's follow-up to his remake of "Papillon," which is screening in the Toronto fest.

TrustNordisk, which has come on board to handle international sales on the film, worked on Noer's previous Danish films, "Key House Mirror," "Northwest" and "R" (co-directed with Tobias Lindholm).

Noer's new film will be set in 1850s rural Denmark and will star critically acclaimed Danish actor Jesper Christensen ("Casino Royale," "A Family") as an old farmer who, with his family, is facing starvation. In his attempt to secure his daughter a better life, the farmer sets off to find her a suitable husband, but to make this happen, he will compromise his own moral values.

Noer told Variety that he aims to treat the drama "like a hard-boiled genre movie, a dark moral Western about survival and anguish, directed with the same documentary nerve as my other feature films.

"I'm the father of two young children, so I know that the limit for how far parents will go for their children is infinite. …

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