“An Education” helmer Lone Scherfig and “The Hunt” writer-director Thomas Vinterberg are among the Scandanavian directors banding together to form a filmmaking collective called Creative Alliance whose mission is to create English-language films for the international marketplace.
Filmmakers Per Fly (“The Inheritance”), Ole Christian Madsen (“Superclasico”), Dagur Kari (“The Good Heart”) and Janus Metz (“Love on Delivery”) have also joined the group, along with producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor International (“Beginners”), Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen and Jacob Jørgensen. All of the Creative Alliance films will be developed out of Denmark in concert with the Danish Film Institute and other Scandinavian and European funding bodies.
“We are eager to join forces and develop films together,” said the directors, “to share our energy and expertise — as well as challenge each others craft and talent to ensure that every film reaches its full artistic and commercial potential.”
Vinterberg previously helped to found the Dogme 95 Collective with Lars von Trier that consisted of a series of vows the filmmakers made to embrace storytelling in its simplest, most unadorned form. The current effort is designed for the participants to collaborate on projects that can play in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world.