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The controversial filmmaker Peter Aalbæk has chosen the last project of his career.
It writes Mediawatch from a press release.
Zentropa Film has bought the rights to Katrine Engberg’s new crime series, and it is the one that will be adapted into a film by Peter Aalbæk.
It will be three to five films and, according to Peter Aalbæk, even his last film.
“I’ve been looking for and reading Danish suspense novels in droves since I bought the film rights to Jussi Adler Olsen’s ‘Department Q’ series. After 20 pages of Katrine Engberg’s new novel ‘Det brendende blad’, I knew that this was the film project with which I must end my long and conflict-filled career,’ it reads.
Peter Aalbæk thus ends his long career when the films are finished.
The filmmaker tells BT that the decision comes from the fact that he was looking for the right project to end his career for a long time.
“Then I came across Katrines, and then I thought that after that, I was ready to go out into the snow,” he says and elaborates that he is referring to the Greenlandic people who choose to disappear into the snow when they believes they have become a burden on society.
Have you become a burden to society?
“If you look at the micro-community that Zentropa is, then I’m a burden and now it’s time to move on.”
However, it is not because Peter Aalbæk will be on the negative side.
“I’m building a town at Herfølge, and it’s probably going to take up quite a lot of my time. It is a project that will last a lifetime.’
After all, you have been involved in quite a few controversial cases. Is that the reason you are now stopping?
“No, damn it! If those cases hadn’t been there, I would have stopped a long time ago. I love that I can stir up the middle class.’
But what happens when you stop? Won’t you miss provoking?
“It will not be a problem. I’ll probably come up with something that can stir people up.’
In 2016, Peter Aalbæk announced that he was stepping down as director of Zentropa. Instead, he would continue as an opinion employee.
The reason, according to the filmmaker, was that he was ‘full of days’ after 25 years as a manager.
In 2018, Peter Aalbæk was accused of having ‘slapped’ film reviewer Nanna Frank Ramussen on the back.
Peter Aalbæk himself called the episode unsustainable, but would not admit that there would be sexual harassment at Zentropa.
Since then, Zentropa issued a press release stating that they wanted to change the culture at the company.
‘There must not be a culture at Zentropa of giving or receiving slaps as a reward or punishment, regardless of whether it is experienced as fun for all parties. The company culture at Zentropa must also be colorful and alternative in the future, but we don’t want to offend anyone,’ read a press release.
Peter Aalbæk was informed in November 2018 that he was no longer allowed to speak on behalf of the company.
Peter Aalbæk has now chosen his last project.
Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard
Peter Aalbæk cannot say when the first film is expected to be ready.
“But the shirt sleeves are rolled up, and now we’re getting down to business. It’s going to be like a good mason pace. Slowly, but surely.’
Katrine Engberg tells about the agreement that the collaboration is ‘meant to be’,
“Seeing my own family history rewritten into a film script and played by actors was a wild thought. I couldn’t imagine leaving it to anyone but him,’ she says.
There are no comments on what the rights have cost.