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After the success of Festen in 1998 Thomas Vinterberg suffered a painful fall from grace. Now he has completed The Hunt – and it's just as shocking

Way back in the 1970s, before he became a film-maker and travelled the world, Thomas Vinterberg was just a little kid on a Danish commune, a naked infant amid a herd of naked adults. He sets the scene with gusto. Genitals here and genitals there; children climbing on to undressed laps; the whole place full of generosity and love. In third grade the kids demanded a sex education class and their teacher Olin ("half-pissed, a lovely guy") duly obliged by pulling down his pants. "Today he'd get 15 years in prison," marvels Vinterberg. "He would never work again."

The director – now a handsome, hearty 43 – makes no bones about pining for the commune; of feeling bounced out of Eden and adrift in a constraining modern age. One »

- Xan Brooks

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