11 items from 2016
Writer/Director Tobias LindholmJose here. In Tobias Lindholm’s A War, the hardest battle for Danish commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) comes not in the warzone of Afghanistan, but in a courtroom back home where he faces prison time for a tactical decision that ended the lives of civilians. A thoughtful essay on the rules of humanity during wartime, the film remains largely apolitical while still engaging audience members who might question the very nature of foreign invasions, the need for war, and our roles as humans in a world that pits us against each other. Directed with confidence by Lindholm, the film remains outside any specific genre while providing a master class in how to create tension, intimacy and thrills.
A War has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and Lindholm isn’t completely unfamiliar with the experience, having also worked as a writer in the 2012 nominee The Hunt. »
Goteborg — Eight years after Danish director Per Fly’s first television series “Performances,” which won him a Golden Nymph in Monaco, his “Follow the Money,” a 10-episode serial, has been sold to, among major territories, the U.K. (BBC), Benelux (Lumière) and Canada (CBC), Australia (Sbs); Endemol Shine Studios-Anonymous Content have acquired rights for a U-s. remake.
Scripted by Danish screenwriter Jeppe Gjervig Gram, the show stars Thomas Bo Larsen (“The Hunt, “Pusher”) as a Copenhagen police inspector who is investigating a murder, which he realizes is linked to high-finance crime. The cast includes Nikolaj Lie Kaaas, Natalie Madueño and Esben Smed Jensen.
Fly, whose local and international break was the award-winning 2000-2005 trilogy “The Bench”, “The Inheritance” and “Homicide,” about the Danish lower- middle and upper classes. He has most recently filmed in Sweden “Waltz for Monica,” the biopic of Swedish singer-actress Monica Zetterlund, which won four Gulbagga Awards, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
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
Acclaimed "The Hunt" and "Far from the Madding Crowd" director Thomas Vinterberg has come onboard to direct EuropaCorp's "Kursk," a film about the K-141 Kursk submarine disaster in which 118 Russians perished in the year 2000.
The Kursk was sunk during a Russian naval exercise in the Barents Sea following explosions within the submarine. The Russian government refused help from foreign governments for almost a week. The Russian Navy initially blamed a collision but ultimately admitted it was due to a torpedo explosion.
Danish director Martin Zandvliet was previously attached to helm the film from a script by "Saving Private Ryan" scribe Robert Rodat who adapted Robert Moore's book "A Time to Die". Zandvliet is no longer involved.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: LevelK secures deals for Danish features; Men & Chicken stars Mads Mikkelsen.
Arrow Films has acquired off-beat comedy Men & Chicken and conspiracy thriller The Idealist for release in the UK. Arrow stuck the deal for the two Danish features with international sales and distributor LevelK. Both films will receive UK releases in 2016.
Anders Thomas Jensen’s Men & Chicken stars Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, The Hunt) and David Dencik as two outcast brothers who discover a dark truth about themselves and their relatives following the death of their father. The film played at Toronto and London Film Festival among others.
The Idealist, directed by Christina Rosendahl, revolves around a whistleblower who attempts to reveal the secret behind a nuclear disaster that occurred during the height of the Cold War.
Both have been nominated for the Danish Film Academy’s Robert Awards, set to be held Feb 7.
Arrow previously scored success with Danish features The Hunt, A Hijacking »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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)
Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)
With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary
Italy / France
- Jordan Raup
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
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 »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Director: 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
Emotionally tense and smartly nuanced exploration of an ordinary man under extraordinary pressure; a war movie for how we have redefined war today. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Tobias Lindholm — writer and director of A Hijacking, writer of The Hunt — back with another emotionally tense exploration of ordinary men under extraordinary pressure in A War (Krigen), Denmark’s official Oscars submission for Best Foreign Language Film and now on the shortlist for a nomination. Claus (Pilou Asbaek: Lucy) commands a company of soldiers in Afghanistan, pushing back against the Taliban but with a frustrating mandate to minimize involvement with the locals, even when they flat-out ask for help. And often, even protecting his own men proves impossible, when a single misstep can set off an Ied and turn a routine patrol into a medical emergency. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
11 items from 2016
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