The world premiere of Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” is just days away as the Venice Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and the folks at Focus Features have finally released the film’s trailer in anticipation. And it sure looks promising.
Based on the novel by David Ebershoff, the film is a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne), one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Set in early 1920s Copenhagen, the genesis of Elbe’s transition comes when illustrator and artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asked Elbe — her husband, then male-identified and known as Einar Wegener — to stand in for a female model. The popularity of the portraits led to Gerda painting her husband in further pictures as a woman. Einer develops an attraction for a female physical appearance and begins living as woman, and Gerda supports her decision — although their marriage becomes strained when Gerda comes to the realization that Lili is no longer the person she married.
It looks like Hooper and company have turned the story into potentially powerful, Oscar-ready (for Vikander just as much as Redmayne) stuff. We’ll see soon enough when the film debuts in Venice, but for now… Watch the trailer: