The Silver Bear winning actor of A Royal Affair and one of the main characters in DR’s flagship’s series The Legacy will next take the title role in Ballon (working title) by Swedish director Lisa Ohlin (pictured – Simon and the Oaks). Oscar-winning producer Per Holst (Pelle the Conqueror) is steering the project that starts filming on June 16.
Based on an original script by Karina Dam, Ballon tells the complex and fascinating story of two unlikely characters that happen to meet – a young prima ballerina and an elite soldier- and end up profoundly changing each other’s lives. It’s a love story where the two strong characters bound in their own ambitions and misfortunes are hit by love.
Veteran producer Per Holst explained towww.nordiskfilmogtvfondlcom how the project landed on his desk: “I was co-producer on Simon and the Oaks and was really impressed by Lisa’s job on the film. I told her to come to me if she had another project in mind”.
Playing against the charismatic Følsgaard is newcomer Cecilie Lassen, a real life ballerina. Other key cast include Morten Holst (Brotherhood) and Karen-Lise Mynster. The DoP is the award-winning Lars Skree (Armadillo). The €3.1 million film produced by Asta Film in co-production with Illusion Film and Nordisk Film was supported by the Danish Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Svensk Filmindustri has Scandinavian rights and TrustNordisk handles world sales.