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Anna Odell scandalises a school reunion with accusations of bullying. Then she shows her film of the event to ‘real’ former classmates …
Swedish conceptual artist Anna Odell plays herself in this half-intriguing, half-annoying exercise in meta-narrative about conformity, performance and the self-absorption of its director-writer-star.
In the first part, Odell attends a 20-year school reunion where (shades of Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen) she shatters the phoney bonhomie of the occasion by making makes an angry speech about how she was bullied by everyone present back in high school. The studied quality of the dialogue and acting, and the multi-camera set-upsare obvious hints that it’s all fiction, but the style isn’t vastly different in the second part which is meant to be, a “documentary” tracking Odell as she shows “real” classmates the first half of the film and then confronts them about the past.
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- Leslie Felperin
Thomas Vinterberg was a Palme d'Or contender, and an Oscar nominee, for 2012's "The Hunt," which won Mads Mikkelsen Cannes' Best Actor prize. After "Far From the Madding Crowd," the Dogme 95 pioneer turned humanist filmmaker returns to his Danish-language roots with "The Commune." Shot in Denmark and Sweden last Fall, this 1970s-set period piece turns on Erik (Ulrich Thomsen, star of Vinterberg's shrieking "The Celebration") and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a young academic couple who move into a Danish commune with their daughter — all is sweet serenity until Erik's younger lover is invited to join them. From the looks of it, this film co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who wrote "The Hunt" and directed 2012's intense "A Hijacking") also brings Vinterberg back to the kind of complicated group dynamics that made "The Hunt" and "The Celebration" so compelling. According to THR, "The Commune" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I met director Justin Lerner in Austin at a hole-in-the-wall bar during the SXSW Film Festival, where he pitched 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. 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 backwoods — at the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Lars von Trier's "less is more" school of filmmaking, cofounded by Thomas Vinterberg, sought to break down to the medium to its most essential elements. They launched the movement with von Trier's "The Idiots" and Vinterberg's "The Celebration" in 1998, inspiring a generation of filmmakers to also try and do more with less, including Harmony Korine and Susanne Bier. Von Trier, like all practitioners of Dogme 95, started to bend the rules here and there, and then the manifesto became history -- though its spirit lives on in "Dogville," "Melancholia" and "Nymphomaniac." Read More: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier Watch as he explains, while making "The Idiots," the collective's ten rules, which are: 1. Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in. 2. The sound must never be produced apart from the image or vice-versa. 3. The camera must be handheld. Any movement or »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It’s hard to believe that a 2015 screen adaptation of an 1874 Thomas Hardy novel could be even stodgier than the 1967 movie version, but director Thomas Vinterberg‘s take on “Far From the Madding Crowd” accomplishes just that. It’s not just that Vinterberg’s work here pales next to the admittedly flawed John Schlesinger film; anyone watching this prosaic, “Masterpiece Classic”-friendly movie would be hard-pressed to connect it to the firebrand filmmaker behind the revolutionary 1998 drama “The Celebration.” Alternating between character close-ups and pastoral shots of the British countryside (courtesy of cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, “The Hunt”) and scored to. »
- Alonso Duralde
He was the Dogme auteur who had the world at his feet, then it all fell apart. Thomas Vinterberg talks about hitting rock bottom, splitting up with Lars Von Trier – and what a ‘Danish handshake’ really means
Two decades ago, Thomas Vinterberg came roaring out of Denmark, a precocious, brilliant brat whose second feature, Festen, electrified audiences worldwide and put the Dogme movement on the map. But Festen is ancient history now – Vinterberg has since experienced the bitter taste of failure, both artistic and personal. But against all odds, he is returning as a confident, comfortable lion, with a big fat period adaptation under his belt. Far From the Madding Crowd, based on the Thomas Hardy novel – by way of a script by David Nicholls – stars Carey Mulligan and is produced by British film industry titans Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Born and bred in Denmark, Vinterberg might be a »
- Andrew Pulver
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
It’s All About Love: Vinterberg Revamps Hardy’s Classic Romance
Inevitably, we would have seen some filmmaker tackle a revamp of Thomas Hardy’s classic 1874 novel Far From the Madding Crowd, so it’s mostly surprising to note that it wasn’t Michael Winterbottom, who has made several Hardy adaptations since the 1990s. Instead, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg takes the reins from director John Schlesinger, who previously held credit for a famous 1967 adaptation starring Julie Christie, with Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the trio of suitors (and let’s not forget to mention a modern reimagining of this novel, the comic strip serial Tamara Drewe, made into a film by Stephen Frears in 2010). Curiously, this is Vinterberg’s follow-up to his 2012 critically acclaimed title The Hunt, which won Mads Mikkelsen Best Actor at Cannes and received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film, making »
- Nicholas Bell
A new television promo for Far from the Madding Crowd has been unveiled.
Bathsheba's social status has attracted three suitors from various walks of life, despite the fact that she has no intention of marrying.
Michael Sheen portrays the aristocratic William Boldwood, while Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) is humble sheep farmer Gabriel Oak and Tom Sturridge (On the Road) is military sergeant Frank Troy.
Danish director Vinterberg is well known to international audiences as one of the developers of the naturalistic Dogme 95 filmmaking style.
Far from the Madding Crowd opens on May 1 in the Us and the UK. »
Corsets, autumnal cinematography and literary romance are not the usual ingredients of summer movies, but "Far From The Madding Crowd" might serve as a nice counterweight to the usual nachos-and-oversized-soda fare. And today comes a new clip from the film. Based on the book by Thomas Hardy and directed by Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt," "The Celebration"), the story follows three very different men who vie for the hand of the beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan). And in this clip, you'll see the sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) make his bid for marriage. Watch it below along with a new TV spot, and a UK one sheet via Recent Movie Posters. "Far From The Madding Crowd" opens on May 1st. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Thomas Hardy named his fourth novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” in 1874, he almost certainly meant the title ironically — a riposte to the notion that the rural folk of his beloved English countryside somehow led simpler lives, less tempest-tossed by desire, than their urban counterparts. But you could almost mistake Hardy for a literalist on the basis of Thomas Vinterberg’s calm, stately new film version — the fourth official filming of the novel (which first reached the screen as a 1915 silent), and a perfectly respectable, but never particularly stirring, night at the movies. Probably the Danish Vinterberg’s most accomplished foray into English-language filmmaking (after the gun-control allegory “Dear Wendy” and the futuristic Joaquin Phoenix-Claire Danes romance “It’s All About Love”), this pared-down if generally faithful adaptation benefits from a solid cast and impeccable production values, though the passions that drive Hardy’s characters remain more stated than truly felt. »
- Scott Foundas
After the payoff of the successful reception of 2012’s The Hunt, looks like we’re going to get a double dose of Dane Thomas Vinterberg this year. With his adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd pushed back (here’s hoping he can enliven the material a bit more rousingly than Schlesinger’s famed version), Vinterberg has already begun production on different kind of period piece, the 1970s set The Commune. Co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who is also working on his own new feature we hope to see next year), who also worked with Vinterberg on Submarino and The Hunt, the exciting cast is headlined by notables Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), Trine Dyrholm, and Fares Fares. Based on some autobiographical elements from his own life, which inspired a play he also co-wrote, the film follows a young academic couple, »
- Nicholas Bell
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
13 items from 2015
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