The upcoming historical epic 'Margrete – Queen of the North' tells the story of Margrete who ruled from 1387 to 1412 and united the kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden and Norway under the Kalmar Union.
Charlotte Sieling will direct the drama featuring Trine Dyrholm, who recently turned heads for her performance as another type of queen in May el-Toukhy's Sundance winner 'Queen of Hearts'.
The year is 1402. Margrete has achieved what no man has managed before. She has gathered Denmark, Norway and Sweden into a peace-oriented union, which she singlehandedly rules through her young, adopted son, Erik. However, the union is beset by enemies, and Margrete is therefore planning a marriage between Erik and an English princess. An alliance with England should secure the union’s status as an emerging European power but a conspiracy is under way that can tear Margrete and all she believes in apart.
About the film
Charlotte Sieling has made a name for herself internationally as episode director on American television series such as 'The Americans', 'Homeland' and 'White Collar'.
She has also directed big Danish television successes such as the two BAFTA-winning series 'The Killing' (2007-09) and 'Borgen' (2013) as well as BAFTA nominee 'The Bridge' (2011), on which she was conceptual director.
Sieling made her feature film debut in 2009 with 'Above the Street Below the Water'. She released her second feature, 'The Man', in 2017.
She wrote the screenplay for 'Margrete – Queen of the North' in collaboration with Jesper Fink, who made his feature debut with Toronto-selected 'Before the Frost' (2018) by Michael Noer, and Maya Ilsøe, writer of the award-winning series 'The Lecacy (2014-17).
Trine Dyrholm, who recently won her tenth Danish Robert for her turn in 'Queen of Hearts', leads the star-studded Scandinavian cast. Co-actors include Søren Malling, Morten Hee Andersen, Jakob Oftebro, Bjørn Floberg, Suzanne Reuter, Simon Berger, Magnus Krepper and Thomas W. Gabrielsson.
'Margrete – Queen of the North' is produced by SF Studios by Birgitte Skov and Lars Bredo Rahbek along with co-producer Jon Nohrstedt in co-production with Swedish SF Studios, Norwegian Filmkameratene and Czech Sirena Film.
The film is supported by the Danish Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Czech Film Fund, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eurimages, TV 2 (Denmark), TV4 (Sweden), NRK (Norway) and Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union.
'Margrete – Queen of the North' will start production on 2 March and is expected to premiere in the first half of 2021. REinvent Studios will handle international sales.