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People in Film | Lone Scherfig

Posted May 18, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Lone Scherfig"

The Danish-born director of One Day has proven herself to be an international talent in dealing with actors and locations.

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Lone Scherfig | An Honorary Scot

Lone Scherfig | An Honorary Scot

One Day begins in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, where its protagonists, Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway), are students at the city's university. Interestingly, Scherfig is much more familiar with making movies in Scotland than in her native Denmark, and looks at it as a home away from home. Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, her follow-up to Italian for Beginners, was set in Scotland, with the film's dark humor a perfect match for the dour, deadpan Scottish comic sensibility. Wilbur, an offbeat romantic comedy about a suicidal kindergarten teacher who inherits a second-hand bookshop, was originally to be a Danish movie, but Scherfig told BBC Films, “I'm very glad we moved it to Scotland. It is a better setting for that story––there are better bookshops, more humor and better actors. ...Had it been a Danish film it would have been more modest, plain and perhaps a bit more superficial.” Scherfig also created the characters for Andrea Arnold's acclaimed drama Red Road––winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2006––which is set in Scotland's second city, Glasgow.