Erik Clausen rises from the dead in Never Again a Tomorrow
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Danish multidisciplinary artist has scripted, directed and plays the lead in his 14th film, which will open later this year
Ageing Danish artist Thorvald thinks he is both immortal and indispensible, yet one day it happens: he dies. “But don’t worry, I will rise from the dead, so I can follow my family and find out what they really think about me, and what really happened in my life,” said Danish multidisciplinary artist Erik Clausen, who at 75 has scripted, directed and plays the lead in Never Again a Tomorrow, which Nordisk Film Distribution will launch in Denmark on 31 August.
Originally an artist and actor/entertainer, Clausen made his first film, The Circus Casablanca – now a Danish classic – in 1985, and he most recently directed the smash hit People Get Eaten (2015). In his 14th feature, he dies early, but an angel (Bodil Jørgensen) understands that he is not ready to leave this world and gives him the chance to return as an invisible, free soul among those who have survived him. Thorvald soon realises that their reactions to his death are not quite what he had expected.
“One day, I discovered that I received more invitations for funerals than for christenings and weddings, and I realised that my past is much longer than my future. I have reached an age when I have started to philosophise about the concept of death, and two words sprang up in neon: ‘never again’. Still, everything is not blacked out when a person dies. You still have the memories of him or her, and you remember the things you did together; and sometimes you hear their voice or see them in front of you,” Clausen explained.
With a cast including Nicolas Bro as his angry son, Marijana Jankovic as his new, young wife, and Britt Bendixen as his bitter ex-wife, Never Again a Tomorrow will open the new season for Denmark’s largest cinema club, Biografklub Danmark. It was produced by Maja Dyekjær for Clausen Film and co-produced by Nordisk Film, with Danish pubcaster DR.
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.