Nordisk Film & TV Fond: Connie Nielsen plays Karen Blixen in upcoming Zentropa-Nent Group series

By Nordisk Film & TV Fond / Annika Pham



The six-part series is based on an idea by Zentropa producer Karoline Leth and star actress Connie Nielsen. TrustNordisk handles world sales.

Shot primarily in Danish language, the high-end series Dreamer-Becoming Karen Blixen (Drømmeren-Karen Blixen bliver til) just completed filming in Denmark and internationally and will premiere exclusively on Nent Group’s streamer Viaplay in 2022.

The female-led creative team includes writer/creator Dunja Gry Jensen (Norskov, Terribly Happy), director Jeanette Nordahl (Wildland), Zentropa producers Marie Cecilie Gade, Karoline Leth and Charlotte Hjordt.

Set in the 1930s, the series follows the celebrated Danish author Karen Blixen’s return to Denmark, after many years in East Africa. Penniless, sick, divorced and with her dreams in ruins, we follow her journey from her lowest point, to becoming a renowned writer, including visualisations of her deepest thoughts and the magical universe of her stories.

According to the official statement, the core of the TV show is about one woman’s struggle to find her place in life, while freeing herself from the expectations of family and society.

Connie Nielsen (Brothers, Wonder Woman 1984, Close to Me) who also serves as executive producer said about her role: “Karen Blixen has been a role model for me since I was a child: an adventurer, artist, traveller and thinker. But I didn’t know the full story of how a 46-year-old woman, in the midst of her life’s deepest crisis, found her unique talent through a process that was painful, trying and also exciting. I believe it’s important for women of all ages and backgrounds to know her inspiring story, and I’ll put my body and soul into portraying this incredible person.”

“Sharing the stories of influential and inspiring Nordic figures with the world is a priority for Viaplay,” added Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Chief Content Officer.

The series coproduced by Belga, has received support from the Danish Film Institute’s Public Service Fund, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Wallimage, the Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter and Creative Europe’s Media Programme.

The world-renowned author of ‘Out of Africa' was recently brought to the screens by Bille August in the film The Pact.

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