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Danish director Thomas Vinterberg: ‘To some extent, I understand Brexit’

17 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film-maker on how growing up in a commune informed his new movie and his mixed feelings about the EU

Thomas Vinterberg is the Danish film director who, with Lars von Trier, co-founded Dogme 95, a movement that aimed to “purify” film-making by, among other things, minimising the use of special effects. In 1998, he wrote and directed the first Dogme film, Festen (The Celebration), which won numerous awards. However, his 2003 film, It’s All About Love, starring Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix, was a famous flop, and his reputation did not fully recover until the Oscar-nominated The Hunt (2012), about a man wrongly accused of child abuse. His new film is Kollektivet (The Commune), set in Copenhagen in the early 70s. It stars Ulrich Thomsen as Erik and Trine Dyrholm as Anna, a middle-class couple who set up a commune, with disastrous consequences for their marriage.

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- Rachel Cooke

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15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years

4 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Subverting the Unexpected

At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.

Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions »

- Indiewire Staff

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'The Automatic Hate': A 'Romeo and Juliet' Story Turns Incestuous

8 March 2016 6:12 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Justin Lerner likes to pitch his effectively eerie family drama "The Automatic Hate" as a combo of Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye." A shrieking Dogme95 incest drama meets a Raymond Chandler potboiler? I was intrigued. As a "Romeo and Juliet" incest tale of two cousins who face their mutual attraction, this one has headline-making potential. Writer/director Lerner and co-writer Katharine O'Brien set up a bait-and-switch mystery that then pulls us into the world of an unstable and broken family as their buried grudges of the past come into shattering present-day focus. "Automatic Hate" begins as an alluring young blonde (Adelaide Clemens) drops on the doorstep of Davis (Joseph Cross) and tells him she's his cousin. He does not know the girl, who says her name is Alexis. His curiosity titillated, Davis follows her out of his boring city life and into the Upstate New York. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Matthias Schoenaerts Starring in Submarine Disaster Movie ‘Kursk’

2 March 2016 12:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthias Schoenaerts will star in EuropaCorp’s “Kursk” movie based on the K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, in which 118 Russians perished in 2000.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp hired Danish director Thomas Vinterberg in January to direct from a script by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die.”

Kursk” reteams Schoenaerts with Vinterberg, who directed him in the 2015 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd,” starring Carey Mulligan.

The Kursk sunk after explosions within the submarine during a Russian naval exercise in the Barents Sea. The Russian government refused help from foreign governments for five days before agreeing to aid from the British and Norwegian governments.

The Russian Navy initially asserted that the sinking had been caused by a collision with another vessel but the government eventually admitted that the cause was a torpedo explosion in the submarine.

The Belgium-born Schoenaerts »

- Dave McNary

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[Berlin Review] The Commune

19 February 2016 12:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Thomas Vinterberg has yet to re-attain the heights of his 1998 breakthrough feature, the vehement Dogme inaugurator The Celebration. His focus on the scabrous underpinnings of interpersonal relationships has remained more or less constant, but his treatment of the subject has lost its trenchancy, and films such as Submarino and The Hunt are too willful and calculated in their abrasiveness to achieve genuine insight. Vinterberg co-wrote those later features with Tobias Lindholm (director of the excellent A Hijacking and A War), and the two Danes reunite for The Commune. While surprisingly moderate by the pairing’s standards – no child molestation, lynch mobs, drug addiction, or suicide this time around – their latest attempt at dissecting the human condition ultimately reveals itself to be as cynical and glib as their previous collaborations.

What Vinterberg has always excelled at is realizing despicable male characters, and he again proves his talent with The Commune’s protagonist, »

- Giovanni Marchini Camia

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Berlinale 2016: The Commune Review

19 February 2016 6:47 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

  When contemplating over what makes Danish filmmakers Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) and Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking, A War) such special, contemporary auteurs, it’s their deep commitment to realism, and ability to explore such bleak themes in a strikingly absorbing manner. So having teamed up for The Commune – with Vinterberg at the helm

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- Stefan Pape

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Berlin 2016: The Commune review

18 February 2016 3:46 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ The first person invited to live at the Copenhagen collective of Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune is Ole (Lars Ranthe), a gregarious fortysomething with an unpredictable temper. He arrives carrying two plastic bags, one for his clothes, the other filled with leftist literature. A 1970s period drama grappling with the unsustainability of utopian living in Western society, Vinterberg's latest sees the Danish director re-united with Festen star Ulrich Thomsen, yet any hope The Commune will match the devastating experience of his 1998 breakthrough are soon put to bed. We meet Erik (Thomsen), a lecturer in rational architecture, as he greets his family before viewing the mansion house he's inherited from his father.


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Berlin Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Packs an Emotional Punch (Trailer)

17 February 2016 10:32 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After adeptly dipping his toe into the very English material of “Far From The Madding Crowd,” terrific Danish director Thomas Vinterberg returns to home soil for his new film. “The Commune” (“Kollektivet”) isn’t as dark as most of his output, from “Festen” to “The Hunt,” but despite its nostalgic comic surface it packs a characteristic emotional punch. It’s the mid-'70s. When an architect, Eric (Ulrich Thomsen), inherits his father’s enormous house in an upmarket suburb of Copenhagen, his first thought is to sell it. But Eric’s TV newsreader wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm) and teenage daughter Freja like the idea of actually living in it; more than that, Anna wants to fill it with people and introduce a spark into her marriage. “I need a change,” she tells her husband, “I need to hear someone else speak.” This rather serious man has to take that one on the chin, »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Berlin Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune'

17 February 2016 10:31 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Following the pretty, well-mounted but curiously anonymous "Far From the Madding Crowd," Danish director Thomas Vinterberg returns to territory much closer to home with the shaggy, partly autobiographical dramedy "The Commune." Loosely inspired by Vinterberg's own childhood experiences growing up on a Danish collective, the film teases a combination of the director's most intimate film ("Festen") with his most provocative ("The Hunt"), while also adding a dimension of personal insight into an excitingly arcane world, all wrapped up in an appealing period bundle. On paper. Disappointingly though, that paper doesn't appear to have been the script for "The Commune," which falls vastly short of its promise, and through a combination of cursory characterization, blunt relationship dynamics, surprisingly timid sexual politics and non-existent social commentary, amounts to not much more than a nicely lit kitchen-sink soap opera. Or at best, a »

- Jessica Kiang

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Commune’

17 February 2016 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A large, chaotically chattering cast, polarities of farcical humor and teariest melodrama, even a rocking-around-the-Christmas-tree singalong: All the elements of a mass heart-sweller are superficially present in erstwhile Dogma 95 rebel Thomas Vinterberg’s return to Danish cinema. Yet “The Commune” finally winds up feeling as communal as “The Celebration” did celebratory, and this time the irony is perhaps not entirely by design. Picking up a domestically fractious ensemble format (plus actors Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm) from Vinterberg’s 1998 breakout hit, this 1970s-set study of a mixed-family household experiment gone dramatically awry aims for a bittersweet release of feeling that lands, at its most misjudged points, closer to emotional sadism. Human credibility is the separating factor here: Thanks to the skilled machinations of Vinterberg and his deft players, viewers may feel the pain of these characters rather more deeply than they believe it.

For Vinterberg, this uneven but nonetheless absorbing »

- Guy Lodge

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TrustNordisk picks up Ole Bornedal drama

12 February 2016 2:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shooting will begin on the Ulrich Thomsen-starring film next week in Denmark.

Scandinavian outfit TrustNordisk will handle international sales on The Possession director Ole Bornedal’s as-of-yet untitled next feature, which will commence shooting on location in Copenhagen and Aalborg next week.

Starring Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), Nicolas Bro (War Horse), Lene Maria Christensen (A Family) and Mia Lyhne (Borgen), the film will tell the story of two tradesmen who, following an argument, drunkenly hire two hitmen to take out their wives.

The film is produced by Jonas Allen and Peter Bose for Miso Film in co-production with 4Fiction and Nordisk Film with support from the Danish Film Institute, Dr and West Danish Film Fund. 

Nordisk Film will be handling domestic distribution, which is pencilled in for December 25 2016. »

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Danish Filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg Will Plunge Into The Deep Blue For Submarine Thriller Kursk

22 January 2016 9:07 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Revered Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg has been recruited to helm upcoming submarine thriller Kursk for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, according to Deadline.

Based on Robert Moore’s acclaimed book A Time To Die: The Kursk Disaster, Vinterberg’s next creative venture will send the director back to the year 2000, where the titular Russian sub sank to the depths of the Barents Sea after a disastrous explosion. In Moore’s insightful account of the tragic accident, the decorated journalist traces the disaster back to a dummy warhead that exploded, killing over 100 crew members and leaving only 23 alive. From what we understand, Vinterberg’s adaptation will double down on the survival tale of those survivors.

Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot) is working on adapting Moore’s non-fiction book to the big screen, with the next step in the creative process involving sending the feelers out for potential cast members. Deadline »

- Michael Briers

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Thomas Vinterberg to Direct ‘Kursk’ Submarine Movie for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp

21 January 2016 7:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has hired Danish director Thomas Vinterberg to direct its “Kursk” movie based on the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, in which 118 Russians perished.

EuropaCorp had hired Danish director Martin Zandvliet in August to direct “Kursk” from a script by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die.” Zandvliet is no longer attached.

The Kursk sunk during a Russian naval exercise in the Barents Sea after explosions within the submarine. The Russian government refused help from foreign governments for five days before agreeing to aid from the British and Norwegian governments.

The Russian Navy initially asserted that the sinking had been caused by a collision with another vessel but the government eventually admitted that the cause was a torpedo explosion in the submarine.

EuropaCorp is developing “Valerian” with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne starring. Its slate includes “Shut In,” starring Naomi Watts, »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup

11 January 2016 4:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival has added another nine titles to its competition lineup, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” Danis Tanovic’s “Death in Sarajevo,” Andre Techine’s “Being 17” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.”

Danish helmer Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” which was BAFTA and Golden Globes nominated, and won Cannes’ Jury Prize, and “The Hunt,” which picked up nominations at the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars.

“The Commune,” whose ensemble cast is lead by Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen, centers on the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 70s. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

Bosnian director Tanovic is best known for “No Man’s Land,” which won best screenplay at Cannes, and a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign-language film. “Death in Sarajevo,” which is being sold by The Match Factory, is based on a play, “Hotel Europe, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #45. Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune

10 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Commune

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Writers: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg

With a career resurgence following his 2012 The Hunt (earning Mads Mikkelsen a Best Actor Award at Cannes as well as snagging an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film), Dogme Godfather Thomas Vinterberg mounted a handsome adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, which enjoyed decent critical reception following a release from Fox Searchlight. His latest, The Commune, co-written by director Tobias Lindholm (whose excellent new feature, A War was Denmark’s official Oscar entry this year), follows a 1970s academic couple who join a commune in Hellrup with their daughter. But things get interesting when the patriarch’s girlfriend also moves in. Though this sounds an awful lot like Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson’s 2000 feature Together, we’re excited to see Vinterberg’s return with Lindholm (who also scripted Submarino and The Hunt) in a film »

- Nicholas Bell

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