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Danish film-makers love Saskatoon's lonely-looking open spaces, Canadian accent

SASKATOON – Saskatoon is getting a taste of some international filmmaking as a crew from Denmark uses the city as the backdrop for their latest short film.

The 25-minute film, which producer Nadja Kristensen plans to enter in numerous film festivals, is about a mortician’s relationship with death and grief.

It’s tentatively called “A Man, a Woman, a House and a Home.”

Kristensen says the film-makers really loved the suburban look of Saskatoon and the Canadian accent.

Director Jeanette Nordahl also says the wide open spaces in Saskatoon lend to the film’s sense of loneliness.

The film features all Saskatoon actors as well as some local production assistants, which was important to both Nordahl and Kristensen.

“It’s quite exotic to work with people from another country, so it has been such a pleasure to work with the locals here,” said Kristensen.

This is Kristensen’s first time working in Saskatoon, and Nordahl’s second. She has family in the city and would love to film her first full-length movie here.

However, she said the loss of the province’s film employment tax credit makes it financially impossible.

“If it means that I have to go to Manitoba or Alberta so be it, but I would prefer to be here in Saskatchewan,” said Nordahl.

“I’ve gotten to know a lot of people working with film, or just arts in general. These are really talented people who I think would be great to have on larger projects as well. For that, I think that’s a shame.”

The Saskatchewan Party recently announced the suspension of the tax credit, saying it had cost the province $100 million since its inception in 1998.