Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier will next direct “Sentimental Value,” a family drama starring Renate Reinsve, who won best actress in Cannes for her role in Trier’s Oscar-nominated 2021 film “The Worst Person of the World.”
“Sentimental Value” will follow Nora (Reinsve), an actor, and her sister Agnes, who are grieving the loss of their mother while their father Gustav reappears in their lives after a long absence. Gustav, a once-celebrated filmmaker, has written a script for a comeback movie and offered the main part to his daughter Nora, but she categorically refuses the role. During a career retrospective in France, Gustav meets an adoring Hollywood star and offers her the part intended for Nora. When the film starts shooting back home in Norway, Gustav seizes the opportunity to repair his bond with Nora and her sister.
Represented in international markets by MK2 Films, “Sentimental Value” will start shooting in August in Norway, France and Germany. Trier penned the film with his long-term collaborator Eskil Vogt, with whom he shared an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for “The Worst Person in the World.”
Producers are Juliette Schrameck at Agat Films, Nathanaël Karmitz and Elisha Karmitz for MK Production, Maria Ekerhovd at Mer Film and Andrea Berentsen Ottmar at Eye Eye Pictures. Germany’s Komplizen and Denmark/Sweden’s Zentropa also produce. The movie has received funding from Arte France Cinema.
Juliette Schrameck said “Sentimental Value” will be similar to “The Worst Person in the World,” but even “more ambitious and mature with a combination of comedy and drama.”
Schrameck and Karmitz described the project as being about “family, memory and how we need to rewrite the stories we tell about ourselves in order to survive.”
“The Worst Person in The World” competed at Cannes, where it was acquired by Neon for domestic rights. The film rounded up Trier’s Oslo Trilogy, which began with “Reprise” in 2006 and continued with “Oslo, August 31st” in 2011.