Ole Bornedal preparing World War II drama

UPCOMING FILM. Funding is almost secured for Ole Bornedal’s high-budget historical drama, ‘Shadows In My Eyes’, about the bombing of the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen in 1945. Shooting is scheduled to start in late autumn 2019.

With a production grant of 16m DKK (2.14m EUR) from the Danish Film Institute as well as backing from broadcaster TV 2 and SF Studios, Ole Bornedal and Miso Film are moving forward with the preparations for their new film, the WWII drama 'Shadows In My Eyes'.

The film is about the bombing of the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen in 1945. The bombing was one of the most tragic events in Denmark during WWII, when Royal Air Force planes mistakenly bombed the French School in Copenhagen, killing several children and nuns.

Writer-director Ole Bornedal says in press release from Miso Film:

“'Shadows In My Eyes' is about children. It’s seen through the eyes of children, from that perspective, and with the sense of wonder that children must observe a grotesque world around them. It’s the story of innocence versus machines. Of the child who falls victim to the horrors of coincidence.”

The film is produced by Jonas Allen and Peter Bose for Miso Film. It is their fourth collaboration with Ole Bornedal, following the series '1864' (2014) as well as the feature films 'Small Town Killers' (2017) and 'The Way to Mandalay' (2018), the latter ending at second place on last year's Danish box-office chart.

'Shadows In My Eyes' has received the biggest ever production grant from the Danish Film Institute. Bornedal's film is one of the first high-budget feature films to receive funding as a result of the new Film Agreement signed off by the Danish Parliament in 2018. The agreement allows for greater flexibility in the support system, enabling the Danish Film Institute to support 2-3 high-budget films per year.

The cast has yet to be announced. Shooting is scheduled to start in late autumn 2019, and a domestic release date is set for autumn 2020. SF Studios is handling the Nordic distribution.