Principal photography wrapped earlier this week on a new Irish/Danish co-production Fuglene Over Sundet (Birds Across The Strait), after filming at locations in Dublin and Wicklow.
Fuglene Over Sundet is the true story of events in Denmark during the first days of October 1943. Through a series of linked events, the Jewish population was given warning to get out of the country before the Nazis rounded them up to be sent to concentration camps. The Danish population, without any political influence, and at great personal risk, organised transports to sail Jews out of Copenhagen and North Sealand to safety in neighbouring Sweden. The operation became legendary worldwide, as nearly 7000 Jews sailed to safety in fishing and rowing boats, under the cover of darkness.
The film is directed by Nicolo Donato, whose feature film debut Broderskab (Brotherhood) won the Golden Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for Best Film at the International Rome Film Festival 2009. It stars David Dencik, Danica Curcic, Jakob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Laura Bro, Morten Holst, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Marijana Jankovic, Lars Brygmann, Morten Suurballe, Mads Riisom, Signe Egholm Olsen, Kristian Høgh Jeppesen, Anders Heinrichsen, and Elliot Hove.
The film is being co-produced by Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan for Irish based Subotica Ltd and Peter Bech for the Scandinavian based SF Productions. Production Design is being handled by Soren Gam, with Costume Design by Ole Kofoed, and Sound Design by Martin Saabye Anderson. Director of Photography is Aske Alexander Foss, with editing by Morten Egholm. The movie is financed by SF Film A/S and SF Film Production in co-production with Subotica Films, and with support from The Danish Film Institute and TV2/DK in cooperation with NRK.
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