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Projects in Denmark (D-Day), and Romania (Librium) are profiled in this Euro-AICN Special Report

Published at: April 26, 2000, 12:46 p.m. CST by staff

Well, Father Geek received this Special Report from our Euro-AICN Offices today on a couple of projects from the continent that just may be of interest to you...

Here's a report from Denmark's Andalusien Monastery on a remarkable project that recently hit that county's airwaves, this makes TIMECODE look a little less complex...

Since you've had a couple of reviews of Mike Figgis' "Timecode 2000", I thought you might be interested in some information about a film (already shot and shown) which bears a striking resemblance to Figgis' movie - namely the "D-Day" film(s) shot by the four Danish "Dogme" directors: Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Soren Kragh-Jakobsen and Kristian Levring (whose Dogme film "The King Is Alive" starring Jennifer Jason-Leigh has just been selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes film festival).

The plot in each "D-Day" film was part of a main plot - and the characters in each of the four stories met at the end of the film for the finale. The four "D-Day" films were shot live during 70 minutes on New Year's Eve, just before and after midnight 1999/2000. The films were then shown simultaneously and un-edited in primetime on January 1 on all six (6!) Danish television channels: Four channels showed the four different films, a fifth channel showed the four directors behind-the-scenes directing the actors, and a sixth showed a split screen with all four films shown at the same time - which I gather is what "Timecode 2000" does.

The overall idea with the "D-Day" project was to make an interactive movie - the viewers could change channels as they wished and thus edit and create their own films. (And no! the "D-Day" films are not "Dogme" films...)

Coincidentally, one of the actors in "D-Day" also has a role in "Timecode 2000" - namely Stellan Skarsgård, who appeared in von Trier's "Breaking The Waves". The other actors in "D-Day" are all Danish; some of them you may recognize from Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Soren Kragh-Jakobsen's "Mifune".

The plan was/is to edit the four stories together and release the "D-Day" project as a feature film. But I haven't heard any news on when exactly this will happen.

Ciao...

"The Andalusien Monastery"

And now here is a killer script review from ol' Smilin Jack Ruby...

With all the hubbub surrounding this new sci-fi pic to be directed by the writer, Kurt Wimmer, and produced by Jan De Bont and Lucas Foster, I figured I'd log a script review. You may remember it's recent mentions with the name Leonardo DiCaprio attached, but those seem to have been just rumors. It is currently in pre-production and yes, it looks like it will be filmed in the capital of Romania at the immense palace of government.

"Librium" is definitely sci-fi, but borrows heavily from "Fahrenheit 451" and "Logan's Run." The story initially follows two Grammatron Clerics (future cops) who are psychic - names: Preston and Partridge - who live in a futuristic society that is controlled by everyone taking a daily dose of a drug ironically called "librium" which keeps everyone's emotions down. The actual city of Libria is a beautiful modern place with buildings that reflect the new, modern great society. However, surrounding Libria are no man's land kind of zones where criminals who don't take their librium hide out. The first scene in the script is of Preston and Partridge along with a SWAT team going in, shooting up all the criminals, and finding that they have the Mona Lisa and other famous paintings. These, like all memorabilia of the old pre-librium days, are put to the torch (a'la "Fahrenheit...").

Preston is the real focus of this story as he is one of the best Grammatron Clerics - meaning he's one of the most psychic. When it turns out that Partridge has stopped taking his librium, Preston has to track him down and immediately kills him. This is fairly early in the script, actually, and is what sets off Preston - who's wife was killed for "sense crimes" which essentially means going off librium and feeling something. Preston, subconsciously or on purpose knocks his daily dose of librium off his bathroom sink and goes a day without librium. Oops.

I don't want to give anything more away, but that's probably as much information as you'll see in a trailer or in an advanced critic's review whenever this picture comes out. There are more things borrowed in this movie as well. There's a resistance movement fighting the "1984"-like unseen controllers of Libria and the way they interact with Preston is straight out of "Demolition Man." Though the "controlling the population with drugs" angle is a fairly popular one in sci-fi, I don't think it's been done before with the kind of budget this movie is bound to pack. And yes, there's a lot of "The Matrix" in here as well as Preston is something of the cold, hard Agent Smith at the beginning.

The subplot with "the woman" who Preston inevitably falls for now that he's off librium will hopefully be fleshed out a bit once the production gets closer as right now she is quite one-dimensional and I never really understood why he fell for her other than convenience to the script. But, oh, well.

Done well, this movie will probably look very "cool" and have a lot of people lined up to see it on the basis of the poster and whoever they cast as Preston. When you actually see the movie, however, you'll understand what I mean when I say there's a lot of stuff in here we've seen before - more than usual for a sci-fi pic.

-Smilin' Jack Ruby

Don't forget to send ALL your Euro-scoops and reviews to the boys at Euro-AICN in Paris . Let's spread the work load around, plus it helps keep Harry's massive E-mail down to easier to manage levels.

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  • April 26, 2000, 1:39 p.m. CST

    So, this is what it feels like to be on top...

    by Thunderball

  • April 26, 2000, 1:43 p.m. CST

    So, This Has Nothing To Do With Daniel Simpson Day.....?

    by mrbeaks

    I'm really intrigued by LIBRIUM's premise; in fact, I've been working on a remarkably similar script for about five years, damn it! First, I get trumped by AMERICAN BEAUTY, and now this! Why doesn't somebody steal my Chester A. Arthur biopic while the Clarence Beaks Screenplay Fire Sale is underway? Go ahead, it's yours for the taking, and I'll even throw in THE RED BALLOON STRIKES BACK for free.

  • Please dear AICN readers, whatever else is mentioned about this project, DON

  • April 26, 2000, 6:06 p.m. CST

    The best thing about D-day was the trailer.

    by nickarcel

    (Incidentally, I made the trailer. )

  • April 26, 2000, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Give it up, mrbeaks

    by Owatonna

    Not just Librium, not just Fahrenheit, the premise of Harrison Bergaron is pretty much the same as well. Albeit with a secret elite rather then a renegade group being the custodians of all the goodies denied the masses. And with an added dose of extreme depression. This one has most definitely been done...

  • April 26, 2000, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Remember, this is the same mrbeaks...

    by smilin'jackruby

    ...who was enraged when "The Parent Trap" was re-made as he was all sitting pretty with a new draft (his had them as a family of astronauts working on Mars, but on two OPPOSITE ENDS of Mars) and then got pissed off when "Keeping the Faith" got picked up because it resembled his "Catholic Rabbi HotRod Zombie Beach Party" too closely. Remember, beaks, maybe the "Lord of the Rings" movies coming up will fail miserably and your idea of turning the books into a great space epic with hookers and intergalactic dry wall salesman will come to light. At the end of the day, however, you'll always be my favorite screenwriter, beakers. Keep up the good fight!

  • April 26, 2000, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Passions of Dracula

    by 0007

    Why has no information about the film "Passions of Dracula: A True Story", which is currently shooting in Romania, not been mentioned on this site? Finally, a feature length movie about Vlad Dracula's reign! Let us hope they get all the important historical aspects right. Anyone have a script to this they would like to pass on to me? I am dying to read all about it. How is this Euro-AICN when this film is overlooked!? Someone get out there and get us some ohotos of the production!

  • April 27, 2000, 6:38 a.m. CST

    To back up Nuxx

    by gg

    As a fellow Dane, I must say that I thought it sucked too. In fact, most people I

  • April 27, 2000, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Interesting Veers......

    by NUXX4

    Maybe i should have had 6 VCRs recording this

  • April 28, 2000, 1:39 a.m. CST

    D-Day

    by pablolobo

    Okay, I actually did not see this when it was on TV even though I thought it novel. However the concept is too much, maybe for the children of attention deficit it is okay (I am one), but for me I want to sit watch a story then go on. This interactive crap is shit. I also saw a clip of Figgis little experiment. Shit too. What an annoying concept, but then Figgis is a little out there. The trailer for D-Day was excellent. In fact Denmark does a pretty good job with its trailers, too bad most of the movies are not that great.

  • April 28, 2000, 7:35 a.m. CST

    by pablolobo

    Veers, Check out 'I Kina spise de Hund,' Fucking amazing. Stars Kim Bodnia too.

  • April 28, 2000, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Element of crime is a good film....

    by gg

    so is Europa. I wasn