12 items from 2015
One of Denmark’s greatest cultural exports, actor Mads Mikkelsen, has been dazzling (and frightening) North American audiences for more than a decade. He is best known domestically for his portryals of Le Chiffre in 2006’s Casino Royale and his chilling turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the NBC drama, which is heading into its third season this spring. Foreign film lovers likely know his face from a variety of movies that have found modest success here, including three Danish Oscar nominees: After the Wedding, A Royal Affair and The Hunt.
Mikkelsen’s latest effort is a gritty western called The Salvation (you can read our review here). In the thriller, which premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the actor plays a Danish settler out for retribution against a gang leader after his family is brutally murdered.
Earlier this week, we sat down with Mikkelsen to discuss his new role. »
- Jordan Adler
With his tough, chiseled face, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has one of world cinema’s best mugs. The actor carries so much of the weight of his many characters in his face, whether it be Hannibal Lecter’s suave cunning on television or anguished despair in his triumphant role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. Naturally, as a stoic settler trying to get retribution on a bloodthirsty baddie in The Salvation, a pastiche to the westerns of John Ford and Sergio Leone, Mikkelsen is magnetic, expressing deep hurt and pain with just a glower or grimace.
As recent Danish immigrant Jon, Mikkelsen’s bloodied and blistered face is a wall to show just how resolute he can be. Jon crossed the Atlantic with his brother (Mikael Persbrandt) in the 1860s with the hopes of making a living in a frontier town. He learned the customs and language, as did the »
- Jordan Adler
It's no longer really much of a bold move to call Mads Mikkelsen one of the finest actors working in the world today. A consummate thespian, his performances are always intoxicating to watch, be they in silly pulp-populism when playing James Bond's nemesis in Casino Royale, to his devastating turn in the Oscar-nominated, Thomas Vinterberg directed film The Hunt. Mikkelsen got his start in 1996, collaborating with director Nicolas Winding Refn on the first Pusher film. In many ways, the two are children of the Dogme '95 movement that swept Danish cinema into international focus during that period, the enfants des enfants terribles as it were. In Refn's case, this fact was quite literal, with his father being a noted editor for many of the...
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Based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel of the same name, Far From The Madding Crown tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) who becomes an independently wealthy woman after unexpectedly inheriting her uncle’s large farming estate. Piqued by the perceived slights from shepherd Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) and wealthy farmer William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), the prideful and haughty Bathsheba decides to toy with their affections until she meets and becomes infatuated with the dashing soldier Sergeant Francis ‘Frank’ Troy (Tom Sturridge). Noticing Bathsheba’s interest in Troy, Oak attempts to discourage her affections as Boldwood becomes more increasingly aggressive towards his rival. Ignoring Oak’s advice, Bathsheba soon thereafter makes a number of decisions that sends them all »
- Sacha Hall
A new trailer for "Far From the Madding Crowd," a film by Thomas Vinterberg (Oscar-nominated "The Hunt") has been released via Yahoo. This adaptation of novelist Thomas Hardy’s classic love story stars Carey Mulligan as heroine Bathsheba Everdene, a spirited woman who inherits a fortune and find herself torn between three different men, all vying for her affections. Her suitors are played by Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. Although Bathsheba is beautiful and desired by many, she in unsure what she herself desires and fears no man will be able to tame her. "It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language chiefly made by men to express theirs," she explains. This Fox Searchlight adaptation is the fourth time Hardy's 1874 novel has been brought to the screen (Julie Christie was the last actress to take on the role). Mulligan has excelled in period »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
It must be tough being Carey Mulligan and fighting off the pursuits of multiple handsome men while she amasses a small fortune.
A new trailer for Far from the Madding Crowd debuted on Wednesday and the film looks to show off beautiful visuals while capturing the essence of the Thomas Hardy novel. Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene alongside Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Tom Sturridge.
- Zach Dennis
Following the first trailer that debuted in November, Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the second trailer for Far from the Madding Crowd. This adaptation hits theaters on May 1, which unfortunately pits it against the highly-anticipated blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, so we'll have to wait and see how it holds up at the box office.
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, this is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
Makeup and mimicry can only take an actor so far when tasked with playing one of the most enduring stars in the cinematic firmament: More crucial is that he have a certain intangible star quality of his own. Such is the success of Dane DeHaan’s magnetic take on James Dean in “Life,” Anton Corbijn’s engaging, elegiac portrait of a legend in the making. More than a standard celebrity bio, however, the pic is a loving valentine from photographer-turned-helmer Corbijn to his name-making profession, with Robert Pattinson in a sly turn as Dennis Stock, the shutterbug who landed Dean a now-classic Life magazine spread. It’s the peculiarly moving, even subtly queer friendship between the two men that distinguishes “Life” from standard inside-Hollywood fare, while gorgeous production values and ace star turns make it a thoroughly marketable arthouse prospect.
If any current filmmaker is qualified to reflect on the »
- Guy Lodge
Following up his Best Actor win at Cannes for The Hunt, Mads Mikkelsen returned last year in a far different genre. The western The Salvation, directed by Kristian Levring, also stars Eric Cantona, Eva Green, Mikael Persbrandt and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and the U.S. trailer recently arrived. Selling a handsomely crafted period piece, we’re looking forward to it later this month, particularly […] »
- Leonard Pearce
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.
Producers: Nordisk Film Production’s »
- Nicholas Bell
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… »
12 items from 2015
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