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Drama about an artist's family has yet to premiere in Denmark, but is expected to be another overseas hit for Danish TV
Just when you thought it was safe to donate your Sarah Lund jumper to the charity shop and stop dreaming of becoming Staatsminister like Birgitte Nyborg, along comes another TV drama to reignite British viewers' love affair with Denmark.
The 10-part series The Legacy – Arvingerne in Danish – was launched in Copenhagen this week, and will arrive in Britain next year. The channel is as yet unconfirmed but BBC4's 9pm Saturday night slot has become the home of Scandinavian dramas including Wallander, The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen.
It is typical of the high international regard with which the output of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation is held overseas that The Legacy was sold to the UK, Benelux countries and Australia before it even premieres next month in Denmark. »
- Stuart Jeffries
The actor Christopher Evan Welch has died in Los Angeles after a sudden illness. He had recently been shooting Mike Judge's upcoming HBO comedy series Silicon Valley.Welch began his career as a voice actor in the early '90s, and resurfaced in the early 2000s with one-off roles in TV shows like The Practice, Law & Order and Whoopi, working his way up to later appearances in The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, and a regular part on Rubicon. Last year he played Samuel Abbott in the "Child Predator" episode of CBS' Holmes and Watson drama Elementary.In the cinema, he had small roles the Stepford Wives remake, The Interpreter and What Just Happened, and turned out for Steven Spielberg (The War Of The Worlds, Lincoln), Robert De Niro (The Good Shepherd), Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York), Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) and Woody Allen (Vicky Christina Barcelona, »
According to the producers, the feature “focuses on how far decent human beings are willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust and how easily we lose our grasp on justice, when we face the unthinkable and life as we know it hangs by a thread.”
The film has just started shooting on location in Denmark.
Danish actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas recently played the role of Detective Carl Mørck in the local box office hit The Keeper of Lost Causes. He will next to be seen in the upcoming Child 44 playing opposite Tom Hardy and Joel Kinnaman.
Lie Kaas will be joined by his fellow »
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Top-model-turned-thesp May Andersen has also joined the production, which is repped in international markets by TrustNordisk.
“Chance,” which is written Bier’s scribe partner Anders Thomas Jensen, examines “how far human beings are willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ultraviolence rules as an ex-con assumes the identity of a sheriff in a small Pennsylvania town in this gloriously trashy show
There's a lot to be said for sticking with what you know and delivering what's expected from you. Us cable channel Cinemax staked its claim in the mid-1980s by pumping out more exploitative fare than its competitors. It was a haven for those who love plenty of violence and nudity in their movies, taking over from the vanishing grindhouses and drive-ins; not for nothing did it earn the nickname "Skin-emax". If visiting aliens were to judge humanity just by watching Cinemax they'd think us a race that worships Chuck Norris and Shannon Tweed. So when the time came for the channel to produce its own original programming it returned to its core values. The wonderful Banshee is the result.
The show follows an unnamed ex-con – fresh out of »
- Phelim O'Neill
After landing on cinephile radars with 1998's "The Celebration," Thomas Vinterberg went on a weird and wild cinematic journey. From pictures that didn't or barely got a release stateside, to disappointments like "Dear Wendy" or "It's All About Love," Vinterberg failed to match the acclaim of his Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize-winning film. That's until this year's "The Hunt," the gripping tale of community persecution that earned rave reviews, and more Cannes awards (an Ecumenical Jury Prize for Vinterberg, a Best Actor trophy for Mads Mikkelsen). And the helmer isn't wasting a moment riding that momentum. Last month production started on his star studded adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd," and today Empire brings us the official first images from the movie, and yes, we will buy all the tickets. Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge, the movie tells the tale »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Thomas Vinterberg is the first filmmaker to win the prize twice.
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg has become the first filmmaker to win the Nordic Council’s Film Prize twice after The Hunt (Jagten) collected the $64,000 (Dkk 350,000) award at a gala ceremony in Oslo’s Opera House.
The jury commented: “Through the allegory of The Hunt, Vinterberg’s film explores how the individual can be persecuted even in a well-meaning and well-functioning society, when it suddenly turns on one of its own.
“This remarkable story is carried by Mads Mikkelsen’s powerful performance, the striking score and haunting and beautiful imagery.”
Competition included Finnish director Simo Halinen’s Open Up to Me (Kerron sinulle kaiken), Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakúr’s The Deep (Djúpid), Norwegian »
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Denmark's 2010 festival hit and Oscar submission "Applause" is finally coming out on DVD via Kino Lorber on November 26. Directed by rookie Martin Pieter Zandvliet, "Applause" features a must-see incendiary performance by Paprika Steen as Thea, a recovering alcoholic stage actress playing Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" just as she's trying to repair her damaged relationship with her family. Toh sat down with the Danish star for a flip cam interview, below, with trailer. Reminiscent of Gena Rowlands' actress Myrtle Gordon in John Cassavettes' 1977 "Opening Night," Steen flawlessly creates an intricate and palpable web of raw nerves while inhabiting the lonely burning house that is Thea. Steen is well-known to Danish audiences. While she appeared in three Dogme films in the 90s (Lars von Trier's "The Idiots," Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's "Mifune's Last Song"), North American audiences may recognize her from »
- Sophia Savage
Recently the film A Hijacking (Kapringen in Danish) was released on DVD in the UK. It is the latest in a string of high quality films from the country that brought us Hans Christian Andersen and Danish pastries.
It is now well known that the Danes can produce fantastic television drama – The Killing (Forbrydelsen), Borgen, The Bridge (Broen) – but what may be less obvious is that they have a thriving film industry. For the last twenty years, Danish film has mostly been associated with the Dogme 95 movement conceived by Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. And these two directors have made some brilliant films in their time, mostly as they’ve begun to stray from the original manifesto. However, were it not for the early films such as Festen and The Idiots (Idioterne), Danish film may have remained largely off the map. Dogme 95 even launched the career of Oscar winning »
Written and directed by Ramon Zürcher
A terrific chamber piece that illustrates one crisp fall Saturday afternoon in the life of one family, Ramon Zürcher’s film is a sumptuous journey of visual storytelling that fills its claustrophobic spaces with the animated pace of modern life and its quiet revelatory moments. Loosely inspired by Kafka’s novella Metamorphosis, and with comparisons made to Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman and the raucous hubbub of Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen, The Strange Little Cat is a hypnotic film that places its focus on the comings and goings of a family preparing a dinner for an ailing matriarch.
The film is peppered by family members ducking in and out of frame, almost with the fervor of actors in a stage play, as though busying themselves behind the scenes with the preparations for a final, defining performance. »
- Gregory Ashman
Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd has begun principal photography in the UK today, September 16th. The film stars Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Drive), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead), Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Tom Sturridge (On the Road, Pirate Radio) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe). The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of One Day and Starter for 10. Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
Here's what director Thomas Vinterberg had to say in a statement.
"I am excited to be working with DNA, Fox Searchlight and this talented cast and crew on Far from the Madding Crowd. It is a great privilege to bring such a »
Sometimes in the film buz you get a second chance to make a great second impression. It took one critically-lauded, unexpected (it was the surprise inclusion at the Cannes film festival in 2012) hit in the award-winning (Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen) The Hunt to put Thomas Vinterberg on the right side of the tracks again. 98′s The Celebration was all the talk and his follow up critically bashed projects such as It’s All About Love and Dear Wendy took the helmer out of circulation. Now Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that Vinterberg has begun shooting on the U.K shot Far From the Madding Crowd which sees Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and one of the busiest actresses in Juno Temple make up the crowd. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. DNA Films’ Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald are producing. Look »
- Eric Lavallee
★★★☆☆ If A Horrible Way to Die, the hallucinatory 2010 effort from Adam Wingard, was a genre riff on Antonioni's Red Desert (1965), then his follow-up You're Next (2013) plays like a horror rendition of Thomas Vinterberg's Festen (1998) with its squirm-inducing family reunion. A more mainstream work than his previous films, You're Next is a fun, witty slasher with inspired moments of awkwardness taken straight from the mumblecore playbook. Though it's at times undone by some hyperactive digital camerawork, Wingard handles the tone well, seamlessly switching from knife-edge tension to cringeworthy comedy.
You're Next opens with an old man (Larry Fessenden) and young woman (Kate Lyn Sheil) in flagrante delicto in a large house in the middle of nowhere, unaware that a killer is lurking outside. Meanwhile, Crispian (Aj Bowen) and his girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) are on their way to a family reunion in the house next door to celebrate his parents' wedding anniversary. »
- CineVue UK
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read August’s pick), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Destin Daniel Cretton (who sees his Short Term 12 receive its theatrical release on August 23rd) appears to be very busy on his press tour, as he puts it…”this is impossible for me, so I’m just going to list the first ten that come to mind.” So here is Destin Daniel Cretton’s Top Ten List (as of August 2013).
It’s a Wonderful Life – Frank Capra (1946)
“If I could even come close to telling a story as complicated and beautiful as this, I would be a very happy man. »
- Eric Lavallee
Carey Mulligan is considering taking on The Fury, a film about the suffragist movement, according to Deadline.
Originally titled Suffragettes, the drama is reported to be an ensemble piece featuring key figures from the womens' enfranchisement movement. It's been penned by Abi Morgan, writer of The Iron Lady and co-writer of Shame, which Mulligan starred in. Details of Mulligan's potential role in The Fury have not been revealed, but it will be directed by Sarah Gavron, the film-maker behind Brick Lane, which was also co-written by Morgan.
Mulligan, who recently appeared as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's extravagent adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, will next appear in Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers' film about the New York folk scene of the early 1960s. »
- Henry Barnes
Tom Sturridge has won the lead in Thomas Vinterberg's forthcoming adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd. The project, from studio Fox Searchlight, will be the Festen director's English language debut. Carey Mulligan and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts – who made his name on Rust & Bone – co-star.
Far From the Madding Crowd focuses on the consequences of a young woman's relationship with three men at the same time. The 1874 novel has previously been adapted for cinema three times, including a notable 1967 version starring Julie Christie and Terrance Stamp .
Sturridge, who featured in On the Road and The Boat that Rocked, has just completed a Tony-nominated run in his Broadway debut, Orphans, opposite Alec Baldwin. In the new film, he will portray the dashing but arrogant Sergeant Troy. »
Since entering the acting game in 1996, Danish star Mads Mikkelsen has been heating up screens in his native land and slowly, but surely becoming a household name in North America, thanks to his turn as the smooth-talking Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s “Hannibal.” The actor is about to find himself back on the big screen in North America as The Hunt opens in limited release this week.
Mikkelsen stars as kindly daycare worker Lucas in the film directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration). When Lucas is falsely accused of inappropriate conduct by a young girl at school- who just happens to be his best friend’s daughter- Lucas’ life is turned upside down. The gut-wrenching fallout of young Klara’s accusation leaves Lucas and his family persecuted by former friends within their local community.
Dive into Danish cinema and see what made our list of Mads Mikkelsen's top 10 roles! »
- Rachel West
Like many directors who make a big splash with an early feature, Thomas Vinterberg did not have an easy time of it thereafter. And while we don’t particularly understand the critical opprobrium heaped on, for example, “Dear Wendy,” a film this writer admires, it’s clear that he has not fully lived up to the potential on display in his landmark 1998 film, “The Celebration.” After all, that film not only launched his career into the arthouse stratosphere, it launched a whole movement, and has arguably never been bettered as the definitive iteration of what Dogme should and could be. Interestingly, “The Hunt” returns to themes explored in that earlier film, specifically the breakdown of interpersonal relationships under the pressure of revelatory accusations of sexual abuse. But here Vinterberg is unconstrained by Dogme, er dogma, so the film is in a style more classical than experimental, more deliberately staged and, »
- Jessica Kiang
A Danish allegory about a man falsely accused of pedophilia (the dashing, quietly charismatic Mads Mikkelsen) and the town that turns against him, Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt was one of the most divisive works screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Odd, since there's nothing worthy of love or hate in this capably made but underwhelming movie. Vinterberg—with compatriot Lars von Trier—founded the Dogme 95 movement (that charter of dos and don'ts intended to purify big-screen realism), and his first effort, The Celebration, was a watchable jolt of family dysfunction. Since then, the director has made two far shakier U.S.-set films: the dreadful anti-gun parable Dear Wendy and an endearingly inept futuristic noir-romance, It's All About Love (s »
Certain charges can never be lived down, but will return to haunt you again and again. This is a central theme of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s brilliantly disturbing “The Hunt,” which centers on Mads Mikkelsen as a man wrongly accused of child molestation. The subject matter also haunts Vinterberg’s body of work, which came to international prominence with 1998’s “The Celebration,” a portrait of a family reunion gone to hell when memories of pedophilia rise to the surface.Lucas (Mikkelsen) is a fortysomething in the wake of an acrimonious divorce and the loss of his job as a school teacher. To make ends meet, he works at a local kindergarten, a temporary job he obviously enjoys. He has a natural way with young children, and a saintly patience for five-year-olds using him as a jungle gym, calling on him to stand by as they take their sweet time in the bathroom, »
- Beth Hanna
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