The Danish Girl

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The Danish Girl

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Release Date: November 27, 2015 (NY, LA)
Distributor: Focus Features
Director: Tom Hooper
Rating: R (for some sexuality and full nudity)
Screenwriter: Lucinda Coxon
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts

The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, portrayed in the film respectively by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables).

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In 1926 in Copenhagen, artist Einar Wegener is married to Gerda Wegener and is revered for landscape paintings. Gerda is also an artist, less renowned butsteadily working as a portraitist of prominent citizens. Theirs is a strong and loving marriage, yet personal and professional epiphanies have eluded themboth.

That all begins to change one day when, on deadline for a portrait, Gerda asks her husband to fill in for a model by putting on a dress so that she canfinish the painting. The experience is transformative, as Einar soon realizes that being Lili is an expression of her truest self, and she begins livingher life as a woman. Gerda unexpectedly finds that she has a new muse, and renewed creative ferment. But the couple soon brush up against society’s disapproval.

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They leave their homeland for the more open-minded world of Paris. There, it is Gerda’s career that continues to flourish. The couple’s marriage evolves -and not without strain. But again and again Gerda supports Lili during her journey as a transgender woman. Through the other, each of them finds thecourage to be who they are at heart.

The Danish Girl has been adapted into a screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The film’s cast also includes Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

The film’s producers are Gail Mutrux through her Pretty Pictures production company, Anne Harrison through her Harrison Productions, Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Tom Hooper. Linda Reisman is executive-producing The Danish Girl with Ulf Israel of Senator Global Productions.

Clip – Costume Party

Clip – At The Ball


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