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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Italian website Inside The Show posted an article today about Domino, which includes an interview with screenwriter Petter Skavlan, as well as the image included here above: a still photograph taken on set by Rolf Konow. A crop of this photo was used on the poster for Domino. Here's a Google-assisted translation of the interview with Skavlan:
How did the idea of ​​"Domino" come about?

I wanted to write a thriller about how apparently unrelated incidents were interconnected, through a sort of domino effect. For example, a murder in Copenhagen may be linked to a terrorist attack in a small Spanish town. I also wanted to examine the primordial concepts of revenge and guilt. Before Brian got on board, the script was a darker and more intricate story. Some of my dominoes have been removed, creating a simpler and more linear plot that best suited his vision of the film.

What research did you do for this story?

In today's society, just follow the news on the news to find a story like this. Terrorist attacks are not only documented by news agencies, but also by terrorists themselves, so news and propaganda often intersect. Dozens of books on European terrorism have been written - and I've read several. I also spoke to specialists in international terrorism, such as Thomas Hegghammer, who gave me invaluable advice.

Are there details in the script that reflect your Scandinavian background?

As a Norwegian, it was natural for me to use Scandinavia as setting for some parts of the film. Copenhagen is the most international and photogenic city among Scandinavian cities - and since Nikolaj lives in the city, it was a breeze to set the story there. Working with Danish producer Michael Schønnemann was another reason for Copenhagen to play an important role in the story.

What are the dangers of writing about terrorism?

Writing about terrorism, partly from the point of view of terrorists, is a potential minefield. Terrorists, as instigators of violence, are the antagonists by nature. But in Domino the protagonists are imperfect and therefore the boundaries between good and evil, right and wrong, are not outlined.

What was it like working with Brian De Palma?

Working with a legendary director like Brian De Palma was an incredibly interesting privilege. Although I felt the need to adapt my existing script to his vision of the film, he always made sure that the heart and soul of the story remained intact. He is very sharp and analytical, and a true gentleman in the creative process.

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:58 AM CDT
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 1:07 AM CDT

Name: "###"

some of the dialogue in this film between the cops simply doesn't work and is awkward and cringe worthy.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:40 AM CDT

Name: "JJ Abely"

In moments, yes, but who knows how many pages of it had to be tossed everyday. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 4:08 AM CDT

Name: "rot"

this film smells like a rotten corpse. it has 3 good set pieces and whats left is downright tv bland woeful acting directing writing ordinary photograhy. a waste of my time.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:57 PM CDT

Name: "rainbow"

strictly for diehard de palma fans. Im waiting for nolans TENET epic next year.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 4:23 AM CDT

Name: "Dr. Nix"

Not posted on this forum for a while but I follow it avidly.  (Great work Geoff). I finally got to watch Domino and I loved it. Yes De Palma was clearly working with a limited budget, and it is flawed (as I don't think De Palma was able to shoot all the film that he intended to), and yet Domino remains a lean, mean thriller on the surface & below the surface a deliberately provocative, thought provoking piece of film making to boot. Interesting how the domino's started to fall once Christian forgot his gun. He was another in De Palmas long list of flawed characters: incompetent, impotent that he couldn't save his partner, wasn't even aware of his friends infidelity, thought he'd saved the day yet the nightmare still continues with the "director's cut" of the film festival massacre still going viral and the nightmare continuing. Other key De Palma obsessions around technology, colour, voyeurism , and film within a film abound, and it is quite clear to me what De Palma saw in the script to make him want to take on this film and apply his unmistakable motifs to it. I love it that De Palma hasn't mellowed in his old age and will not make a 'safe' movie, all of  the vitriol and criticism he receives seems to drive him and return it in spades in his movies. I dearly hope producers give De Palma the budget, opportunity and freedom to make Predator or Sweet Vengeance, but I fear for many he is too polarising, too unrepentant, too brazen to make anything other than his vision of a movie and these days that sadly doesn't equate into box office gold.           

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:36 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Hey, thanks, good to hear from you, "Dr. Nix" -- yes, De Palma will never make a "safe" movie. The closest thing to a safe movie for De Palma is maybe Mission To Mars, made with a bold and genuine attitude of hope-- which he then contrasts here by specifically setting the nightmare of Domino a day later ("The Next Day" as Bowie might say, decades after the fact). Even if the new film is flawed, it provides so much to chew on.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:50 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Just watched DOMINO for a sixth viewing at a local community theatre. It only gets better with each screening.

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