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TrustNordisk signs on to the Danish queer sex dramedy ‘Sauna,’ as filming commences (exclusive).

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Source: Christian Geisnaes

Nina Rask, Magnus Juhl Andersen

Nordic sales powerhouse TrustNordisk is launching international sales on queer sex drama Sauna, which has begun filming this month in Denmark.

Set in the Copenhagen queer community, the film follows Johan, a young man who believes he can find community working in a gay sauna, and who then falls in love when he meets transgender William.

It is the feature debut for Danish director Mathias Broe, who wrote the film with William Lippert based on Mads Ananda Lodahl’s novel of the same name.

Mads-August Hertz is producing for Nordisk Film Production with support from the New Danish Screen at the Danish Film Institute, DR and Nordic Film Distribution, which will release Sauna in Nordic countries.

Magnus Juhl Andersen and Nina Rask reunite on the cast, having previously co-starred in Danish series Carmen Curlers.

Amfi, Broe’s graduation film from alternative Danish film school Super16, received a nomination for best short documentary film at the 2020 Danish Film Awards.

Broe’s own partner began the gender transition process while the film was in development. “Suddenly I felt so much closer to the love story and my main characters,” says the filmmaker.

“We pitch the film as a reverse Romeo And Juliet story, because we want to make people see that love exists in community rather than only focusing on romantic love,” said Broe.

The filmmaker claims that Sauna will be the first Danish film with a trans person in a lead role. Broe said that there aren’t many trans actors in Denmark. “We are aware of the struggles that the trans community faces and we want to contribute positively.” As a director I’m interested in building bridges between people and in our society, but it’s even more important for me to create something that makes the audience feel seen and transformed.”

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