STUDIOCANAL and Zentropa's Families Like Ours shoots in multiple locations

The six-part series is a TV 2 Denmark & Canal+ Creation Originale in co-production with Canal+ Poland, M7 And Ard Degeto

By Priyanca Rajput 4 Oct 2022

STUDIOCANAL and Zentropa's Families Like Ours shoots in multiple locations
Families Like Ours. Credit: STUDIOCANAL and Zentropa

Principal photography has commenced on STUDIOCANAL and Zentropa's TV drama, Families Like Ours, in Copenhagen, Sweden, Czech Republic, France and Romania.  

The TV 2 Denmark and CANAL+ Creation Originale is by written by Academy-Award and BAFTA winning Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), and Bo Hr. Hansen (Darkness: Those Who Kill).

The series takes place in summertime Denmark where everything seems normal but is about to be disrupted. After a flood slowly takes over the land, the country is gradually evacuated. People must bid farewell to what they love, what they know, and to who they are. In the coming years, people disperse in all directions: only houses, schools and empty streets are left.    

Those who can afford it travel to good countries, while those who are less well-off have to use a government-funded programme to move to more challenging places. Families, friends and loved ones will be separated; hatred and division will arise among some, while love and reconciliation will grow among others. In a flash, all property is worthless, all fortunes changed, and luck favors only a few of the traveling population.    

Laura is a high school student in love for the first time and on the brink of graduating, when news of the evacuation breaks. A reality that will change the course of her and her families’ lives forever. 

STUDIOCANAL is co-producer and distributor of the 6-part series starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Riders of Justice) Paprika Steen (Festen), Helene Reingaard Neumann (Another Round), Magnus Millang (The Commune), Esben Smed (Follow The Money); the series introduces Amaryllis April August in her acting debut. It also stars Albert Rudbek Lindhardt (The Kindness of Strangers), Thomas Bo Larsen (Another Round), Asta August (Burn All My Letters) and David Dencik (No Time To Die).

Families Like Ours is produced by Zentropa Entertainments in co-production with STUDIOCANAL & TV 2 DENMARK and with NRK and TV4 / C MORE co-produced by Zentropa Sweden, Film I Väst, Sirena Film and Ginger Pictures, co-funded by the Danish Film Institute’s Public Service Fund, The European Union and Nordisk Film & TV Fond and in co-production with CANAL+ Poland, M7 and ARD Degeto.

STUDIOCANAL’s EVP global production, Ron Halpern and executive managing director TV, Francoise Guyonnet said: “We are incredibly proud to collaborate with Thomas Vinterberg on his first series. The scripts from Vinterberg and Bo Hr. Hansen approach this important story with such empathy, talent and vision while dealing with themes that will resonate significantly with audiences worldwide. It is inspiring to see such ambition realised as we look ahead to production with our partners and a cast which boasts a wealth of magnificent European talent.”  

Zentropa Entertainments and TV 2 DENMARK developed the series with the Danish Film Institute’s Public Service Fund and The Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union, STUDIOCANAL is co-producer. 

Head of CANAL+ Creation Originale, Olivier Bibas added: “It is a great honour for CANAL+ Creation Originale to partner with Zentropa and Thomas Vinterberg for his first TV series. FAMILIES LIKE OURS tackles ecological issues in a profound, intimate and spectacular way. The series is a tale about tomorrow’s world told in a humane and sensible way, embodied with a stellar cast.” 

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