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    Plans to film "an erotic version" of the life of Jesus Christ, partly financed by government money, is causing a storm of controversy in Denmark.

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    SV Film producer Thorsen across street Zoom into statue of disciple out church

    CU Pan Newspaper headlines

    CU Thorsen speaking

    GV Demonstrators along street (5 shots)

    THORSEN: "We are just standing here beside the monument for the Reformation in Denmark and we see how the...priests are moving into the Church to stop the Danish reformer because he is talking against the Authorotised Church. I think we are now entering into a new period of mankind where everybody will get a chance to think and express the ways he believes about the universe. That's just what I'm doing. So I'm not surprised that some parts, and the most reactionary part of the church, are trying to protest against the project."

    QUESTION: "You used to be in the front lines as a very provocative demonstrator. Tonight, it's vice versa. Thousands of people will be demonstrating against you and your project. How does that feel?"

    THORSEN: "Oh, that feels might good. I mean if I meet up with ten-thousand or ten-thousand meet up because of me, I think that is the same point of view and my own heart as a demonstrator is knocking very warmly because of these people -- because they are selling the tickets for me.

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    Background: Plans to film "an erotic version" of the life of Jesus Christ, partly financed by government money, is causing a storm of controversy in Denmark. Last night (Saturday August 11), feeling had risen strongly enough for 1,000 demonstrators to march through Copenhagen in protest.

    The demonstration was organised by several Christian denominations and was the culmination of a day-long "Festival of Jesus." Their march was filmed by the man at the centre of the storm, producer-director Jens Joergen Thorsen, and he may even incorporate the demonstration into his film, which will entitled "The Love Affairs of Jesus."
    Before the march started, Thorsen was interviewed by reporter Jesper Jargil -- against the appropriate backdrop of Copenhagen's Dome-Church And at first, Thorsen preferred to talk about the Church statuary rather than his film.

    SYNOPSIS: A storm of religious controversy in Denmark is centred on this man -- producer-director Jens Jorgen Thorsen, who plans a film called The Love Affairs of Jesus. His erotic version of the life of Christ is being partly financed by the government -- receiving a loan from the state-rum film institute. The project has made headlines in Denmark and has provoked international protest. But Thorsen claims his film will advance religious expression -- and make a lot of money.

    As scheduled, t he demonstration took place on Saturday evening. More than a thousand people marched to Copenhagen's City Hall to protest against the project. Thorsen filmed the march and says he may include the footage in his new film.

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