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Ole Bornedal to Helm Epic Battle ‘Slaughterhouse Dybbol’

The “Millennium trilogy” will have been a turning point for Scandi and German region co-productions – after Von Trier’s Antichrist and pending Melancholia, it’s now fellow countryman Ole Bornedal who’ll embark on a project that’ll lense in 2012 and will see the European countries of the North co-produce with Denmark’s Miso Film. Slaughterhouse Dybbøl (Slagtebænk Dybbøl) will be split into two films and receive a “Carlos”-like treatment and becomes yet another example of an auteur filmmaker crossing over into miniseries concept.

The “Millennium trilogy” will have been a turning point for Scandi and German region co-productions – after Von Trier’s Antichrist and pending Melancholia, it’s now fellow countryman Ole Bornedal who’ll embark on a project that’ll lense in 2012 and will see the European countries of the North co-produce with Denmark’s Miso Film. Slaughterhouse Dybbøl (Slagtebænk Dybbøl) will be split into two films and receive a “Carlos”-like treatment and becomes yet another example of an auteur filmmaker crossing over into miniseries concept.

Based on Tom Buk-Swienty’s 2009 book, this is set on April 18, 1864, Battle of Dybbøl was the key campaign in the second war of Schleswig, where Denmark suffered a severe defeat to the German Federation (Prussia, Austria) which decided the war. The project will wait while Bornedal clears his plate – it was announced at Cannes, that he’d direct the indie project titled Death of a Hostess – which he’ll co-script alongside Jeppe Gjervig Gram.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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