“An absolutely fantastic work that is complex, brutal and touching”: Tove Ditlevsen’s book becomes a TV series

One of Tove Ditlevsen’s masterpieces – the memoir ‘Married’ with the ambiguous title – depicts, among other things, the author’s four marriages, her longing for youth and a soothing deroute in abuse.

And now the stories are being filmed in a miniseries of four episodes. This is stated by Nordisk Film in a press release.

The director behind the award-winning and critically acclaimed drama ‘The Queen’, May el-Toukhy, will be the conceptual director of the series, while her co-author of ‘The Queen’, Maren Louise Käehne, will be the lead author of the series.

“Tove Ditlevsen’s life, in all its devilish complexity, constitutes a fascinating and inspiring substance for us as filmmakers,” the latter says in the press release and continues:

“She wants it all – career, children, love, freedom – and at the same time is constantly drawn towards destroying any kind of harmony and happiness. Tove’s existential split between life’s opposite longings and dreams resonates in an audience of today and in us as narrators, says Maren Louise Käehne.

The actors have not yet been named. But about the plot, it sounds like the film adaptation mainly focuses on Tove Ditlevsen’s four marriages and becomes a raw, skinless and unsentimental narrative about her split between the role as artist, mother, wife and addict.

It is a story about a human being who breaks out of his environment and rises up the social ladder, but who for time and eternity is doomed to never belong.

And this is the story of the creation of one of Denmark’s most significant writers, whose creative urge at the same time became her salvation and curse, it reads further in the press release from Nordisk Film.

“‘Married’ is an absolutely fantastic work that is complex, brutal and touching, and I can not imagine anyone better at telling and interpreting Tove Ditlevsen’s story than exactly May and Maren Louise,” says producer Lina Flint.

»With them at the forefront of this great collaborative cinematic work, the audience will be able to look forward to a modern and at the same time universal narrative of existential rootlessness and a woman’s hunt for something bigger.

Today – 45 years after her death in 1976 – Tove Ditlevsen’s works have hit the international audience.

In a short time, her Copenhagen trilogy consisting of the novels ‘Childhood’, ‘Youth’ and ‘Married’ has been sold to over 20 countries worldwide.

It has not yet been decided where the TV series will be shown.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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