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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Guilty’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Guilty’
Tom Hardy in ‘Locke’ meets Halle Berry in ‘The Call'” sounds like the kind of absurd pitch you’d hear from an over-zealous fictional producer in a broad Tinseltown satire — yet it’s not entirely the wrong number for “The Guilty,” a high-concept, low-budget and skilfully muscle-tensing Danish thriller to which you can imagine more than a couple of eager Tinseltown execs angling for the remake rights.

Anchored by a performance of sturdy, simmering resolve by the reliable Jakob Cedergren, as an emergency police dispatcher who picks up on a kidnapping case with more than meets the ear, Gustav Möller’s short, taut debut feature never leaves the claustrophobic confines of the call center, but builds a vivid aural suspense narrative through the receiver, all while incrementally unboxing the visible protagonist’s own frail mental state. Notwithstanding some forgivable contrivances in the otherwise tidy execution, international distributors are likely to speed-dial “The Guilty” following its competition
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New to Streaming: ‘Logan,’ ‘Good Morning,’ ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘The Survivalist,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young)

Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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TrustNordisk picks up Danish thriller 'The Guilty'

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Feature is being produced through new initiative Nordisk Film Spring.

TrustNordisk has boarded sales on Gustav Moller’s debut feature The Guilty, which is currently in post-production.

The Danish thriller has already caught the attention of buyers and festival programmers since it was pitched at Goteborg’s Work In Progress in January.

TrustNordisk will show a teaser to buyers as part of its Cannes promo reel.

Lina Flint produces the film through Nordisk Film Spring, a new initiative to support upcoming talents. The Danish Film Institute’s New Danish Screen also backs the project.

Spring was started by Flint (whose credits include The Elite) and screenwriter Emil Nygaard Albertsen in collaboration with Nordisk. Described as an “experimental creative collective,” it supports new talents and new ways of working.

Read more about Spring in Screen’s feature here.

The Guilty is a thriller about a former police officer who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. With just
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Enter ‘The Commune’ in U.S. Trailer for Thomas Vinterberg’s Drama

After getting a taste of Hollywood with his adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Vinterberg headed back to Denmark for his next film, The Commune, adapted by Tobias Lindholm (his partner on The Hunt and Submarino, and a great director in his own right with A Hijacking and A War). Following a family whose move into a tiny community ends up tearing them apart, the film will finally arrive in the U.S. this summer via Magnolia and now the new trailer has landed.

We said in our review, “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.” Check out the trailer below for the film starring Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe and Fares Fares.
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Choose Your Family In The New U.S. Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’

Thomas Vinterberg went through a bit of a dry patch following “The Celebration,” with a string of movies (“It’s All About Love,” “Dear Wendy,” “Submarino“) that missed the mark. But now he’s back on form, chilling everyone with “The Hunt,” going the period drama route with the underrated “Far From The Madding Crowd,” and now bringing “The Commune” to art houses everywhere.

Continue reading Choose Your Family In The New U.S. Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’ at The Playlist.
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Magnolia moves for Vinterberg’s 'The Commune'

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Magnolia moves for Vinterberg’s 'The Commune'
Us distributor has taken the 1970s-set drama, which won a Crystal Bear at the Berlinale for actress Trine Dyrholm.

Us outfit Magnolia Pictures has picked up Thomas Vinterberg’s drama The Commune, which had its international premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, winning a Silver Bear for actress Trine Dyrholm.

Susan Wendt, head of sales at TrustNordisk, who are handling international rights, negotiated the deal with Magnolia’s Svp of acquisitions Dori Begley.

Starring alongside Dyrholm are Ulrich Thomsen (In A Better World), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) and Lars Ranthe (The Hunt). Director Thomas Vinterberg co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated A War director Tobias Lindholm, who previously co-wrote Vinterberg’s Submarino and Oscar-nominated The Hunt.

The film tells a story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970’s.

Morten Kaufmann and Sisse Graum Jørgensen produced the film for Zentropa Entertainments19 in co-operation
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[Berlin Review] The Commune

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,
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Berlinale ’16: The Commune review

The Commune review: Danish director Thomas Vinterberg returns to his homeland with this triumphant intimate portrait of 1970s Copenhagen.

The Commune review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. The Commune, or Kollektivet to give it its original Danish title, is an extremely solid and involving comedy/drama debuting at the Berlin Film Festival in-competition.

The Commune tells the story of Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), a lecturer in architecture at the local university, his wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a TV broadcaster who presents the evening news, and their 14-year-old daughter Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen). We are first introduced to the trio as they are shown around a massive house in the suburbs of the city of Copenhagen, a house far too big for the three of them, but beautiful in stature, and steeped in personal history. It turns out that the house is Erik’s childhood home and it
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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Commune’

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Commune’
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
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‘A War’ Worth Seeing—Before the Oscars

Aside from being an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, A War is the work of someone I greatly admire, Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm. If you saw A Hijacking—a film that deserved the same level of attention as Captain Phillips—or any of the films he’s co-written, like Submarino and the searing Oscar nominee The Hunt, you’ll understand my enthusiasm. In A War he turns his attention to the Danish presence in Afghanistan, focusing on a company commander (Pilou Asbæk, the star of A Hijacking) who tries to bring empathy and humanity to his job, especially when it comes to...

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New Films From Mia Hansen-Løve, Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, and More Will Premiere at Berlin 2016

As if new films from the Coens and Jeff Nichols weren’t enough, the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has further expanded their line-up, adding some of our most-anticipated films of the year. Mia Hansen-Løve, following up her incredible, sadly overlooked drama Eden, will premiere the Isabelle Huppert-led Things to Come, while Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, André Téchiné, and many more will stop by with their new features. Check out the new additions below, followed by some previously announced films, notably John Michael McDonagh‘s War on Everyone.


Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)


By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)

With Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova

World premiere

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)


By Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception, Men at Work)

With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol

International premiere

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary

Italy / France

By Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro Gra, El Sicario
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Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup

Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup
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,
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Berlin 2016: Vinterberg, Hansen-Løve, Tanović join Competition

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Berlin 2016: Vinterberg, Hansen-Løve, Tanović join Competition
New titles from Thomas Vinterberg, Mia Hansen-Løve, Danis Tanovic, Lav Diaz and Gianfranco Rosi among line-up.Scroll down for full list

Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has added nine titles to its Competition line-up, bringing the current total to 14 (the full Competition programme will be announced soon, according to the fest).

The new additions include The Commune, marking the first time Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd) has been in Competition at Berlin since Submarino in 2010. The film centres on a Danish commune in the 1970s and will be released in Denmark this weekend (Jan 14).

French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) has been selected with her drama Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman embarking on a new life after her husband leaves her for another woman. The film will world premiere at Berlin.

Another world premiere will be documentary Fire at Sea, capturing life on
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #45. Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune

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
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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tobias Lindholm’s A War

Despite his lengthy filmography as a scribe (mostly Thomas Vinterberg’s righthand man Submarino, The Hunt and upcoming The Commune) and his previous outings as a filmmaker in the grizzly R (2010) and gritty A Hijacking (2012), Tobias Lindholm hasn’t been part of the make-up of the festival in terms of exhibiting a film there, but the Dane has been present as a creative advisor specifically at the January Screenwriters Lab (2014) and June Screenwriters Lab (2015). Rejoining his muse actor Pilou Asbæk, his third film which Variety called “engrossing, impeccably sensitive Afghanistan War drama makes good on the promise of,” and THR suggested that “complexity emerges through a combination of careful writing and a little work on the viewers’ part“) received coin support via the 2014 Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and would eventually land on the Lido in the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section. Denmark’s official selection for the
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First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune,’ Scripted by Tobias Lindholm

While it might not have been as widely praised as some of his other films — namely The Hunt — I found Thomas Vinterberg‘s adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd earlier this year to be a highly entertaining, engaging film. Rather than going further down the direction of star-studded, English-language features, he’s returned to a drama in his native homeland, and today brings the first trailer.

The Commune, adapted by Tobias Lindholm (his partner on The Hunt and Submarino, and a great director in his own right with A Hijacking and A War) from one of Vinterberg’s plays, is described as “a Nordic, dark Scandinavian version of Ice Storm.” It follows a family whose move into a tiny community ends up tearing them apart. Living here, amongst new faces, they find themselves more concerned with what others are up to than the lives of those they know so well,
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Raindance: Bruce Webb on Directing Teen Web-Media Thriller ‘Social Suicide’

Raindance: Bruce Webb on Directing Teen Web-Media Thriller ‘Social Suicide’
London — Bruce Webb first came to London’s Raindance Film Festival some 17 years ago with a series of shorts named “Orgasm Raygun,” “Green Monkey” and “Don’t Walk” — the latter he remembers indelibly after a snafu with the projection ratio made the crew and boom clearly visible. “This was my first introduction to seeing a director have a meltdown,” he laughs. After making his directing debut with 2009’s “The Be All and End All,” Webb returns to the festival this year with a teen-oriented drama that he describes as “a teen thriller — ‘The Usual Suspects’ meets ‘Romeo and Juliet.'” Featuring newcomers Jackson Bews and India Eisley, Webb’s film not only adapts Shakespeare’s play for the digital age, it also reunites the stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 screen version: Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting.

Is “Social Suicide” a script you developed yourself?

Yes and no. The script came
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Joshua Oppenheimer, Tobias Lindholm, & Anders Thomas Jensenn Vie to Represent Denmark at the Oscars

The Danish Film Institute has announced a shortlist of three films in the running to become the Scandinavian country’s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language category. But this is not an ordinary selection of films and there is also not a clear favorite despite what might seem like an obvious choice.

Each of these films includes some of the most important talents within the Danish film industry today and as a group they showcase an impressive range of subjects and styles. Their selection also represents a decisive position on the part of the Danish Film Institute to focus on creators with unique perspectives in a year that saw films from two of the nation’s most successful filmmakers. Susanne Bier’s divisive “A Second Chance” and Bille August “Silent Heart” could have easily occupied two of the slots in the shortlist. Both directors have won the Academy Award and have established careers abroad, yet this year those outstanding qualifications were overlooked in favor of new daring visions.

Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence," Tobias Lindholm's "A War," and Anders Thomas Jensenn "Men and Chicken," form this impressive trio that will surely make the decision-making process a challenging one because this is a fantastic lineup to choose from.

The Danish Film Institute will announce its final selection on September 23.

Here’s a closer look at the Danish candidates

"Men and Chicken" (Mænd & høns)

Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen

Isa: LevelK

U.S. Distribution: Drafthouse Films

Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen focused on writing screenplays for an entire decade putting his directorial abilities aside during that time. Jensen has penned the screenplays for some of the most acclaimed Danish film in recent memory as part of his close relationship with Susanne Bier: “Brothers,” “After the Wedding,” “In a Better World,” and her latest, “A Second Chance.” But the fact that he is behind all of these morally complex dramas doesn’t mean he can’t be as successful in the comedic realm. Dark comedy “Men Chicken” is his first effort behind the camera since 2005 and appears to be a promising return. This film centers on two brothers discovering their family’s disturbing secret and exposing their true colors. It stars Dane superstar Mads Mikkelsen, which is of course a marvelous asset. “Men and Chicken” has just been picked up by Drafthouse Films out of Tiff

"A War" (Krigen)

Dir. Tobias Lindholm

Isa: StudioCanal

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

With his sophomore effort, “A Hijacking,” Tobias Lindholm demonstrated an extraordinary ability for crafting searing tension and compelling human drama. And while that film propelled his career as a director, the talented filmmaker had already made a name for himself as a close collaborator of another Danish auteur: Thomas Vinterberg. Lindholm co-wrote “Submarino,” the Oscar-nominated “The Hunt,” and the upcoming film “The Commune.” Following a troubled Danish soldier in Afghanistan, his third feature “A War,” was well received by critics after premiering in Venice last week, and has just opened theatrically in its homeland. Like Lindholm’s previous work, his latest will also be distributed in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures. “A War's” relevant themes, Lindholm’s dominance of intimate tragedy in the midst of greater conflict, and Pilou Asbæk presence make it a fascinating option.

"The Look of Silence"

Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer

Isa: Cinephil

U.S. Distribution: Drafthouse Films

With scores of awards and unanimously considered a masterpiece, Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the “The Act of Killing” could be considered the frontrunner among these three films. Despite being a documentary about a terrifying chapter in Indonesian history directed by an American filmmaker, the film qualifies because it’s a Danish production, and, while not in Danish, it’s in a language other that English. “The Look of Silence” is one of the best films of the year and should take all the honors dedicated to documentaries - including the Academy Award, which Oppenheimer also deserved for “The Act of Killing” - but the road in the Best Foreign Language Film category could be much harder. Documentaries rarely get nominated for that award even though multiple countries select a non-fiction piece as their submission every year. The last documentary to achieve such feat was “The Missing Picture."

Read More: 12 Things Joshua Oppenheimer Wants You to Know About 'The Look of Silence'
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #30. Tobias Lindholm’s A War

A War

Director: Tobias Lindholm // Writer: Tobias Lindholm

Director and screenwriter Tobias Lindholm has received more attention for his work as screenwriter on a pair of Thomas Vinterberg titles (Submarino, 2010; The Hunt, 2012), and the upcoming The Commune. However, he’s at the forefront of rising Danish filmmakers thanks to his own films. Each year he’s worked with Vinterberg, Lindholm has also premiered his own directorial efforts, including 2010’s excellent R and 2012’s more famous A Hijacking. He’s back with A War, a film meant to conclude a loose trilogy centered on ‘desperate men in small rooms.’ Reuniting once more with Pilou Asbaek, who’s starred in all three films, as well as Soren Malling, a Danish commander must make a difficult decision when his troop falls under heavy gunfire, ultimately seeing him face war crime charges.

Cast: Dar Salim, Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny

Producers: Nordisk Film Production’s
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #71. Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune

The Commune

Director: Thomas Vinterberg // Writer: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg

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,
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