Karlovy Vary 2012: Norway's Bård Breien to Shoot 'The Down’s Detective' in Prague

The Norwegian writer/director settled on the Czech Republic as a cost-effective location after his first feature won the Czech Lion award for best foreign film.

KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC - Norwegian writer/director Bård Breien is to shoot his next film, The Down’s Detective, in the Czech Republic.

The move follows Breien’s debut film, The Art of Negative Thinking, snagging the 2007 best director trophy at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, followed by the Czech Lion honor for best foreign film.

The Down’s Detective, a Norwegian-Czech-Danish-German co-production, portrays a private detective with Down’s Syndrome searching for a disappeared ice skating legend.

Breien said he scouted the Czech Republic and Hungary as locations for his latest film and settled on shooting in and around Prague for cost savings.

The Norwegian director already has a following among Czech audiences. His earlier film The Art of Negative Thinking in 2009 was adapted into a live theater production that ran for three seasons in Prague and has been extended for another two.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival runs until July 7.