The Hunt

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Denmark, Drama, 2012, 111 min, danish with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16
Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) has a new girlfriend, a new job in the kindergarten, many good friends in a close-knit community and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Just a passing remark – a random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like a virus. The shock and mistrust get out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life his and dignity. “The Hunt” is a subtle, but psichologocally intense emotional drama about a modern-day witch-hunt and a power of word in shaping and changing one‘s identity.
2012 – Prize of Ecumenical Jury, Best Actor award for Mads Mikkelsen and Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist at the Cannes International Film Festival (France).
About the director:
Celebrated danish film and theatre director, screenwriter Thomas Vinterberg (born 1969 in Copenhagen, Denmark) graduated from the Danish Film School in 1993. His graduation film “Last Round” (Sidste omgang, 1993) won a string of awards and was nominated for a student Oscar. In 1996 Vinterberg directed his first feature “The Biggest Heroes” (De største helte). In 1995 Vinterberg and Lars von Trier wrote the Dogme 95 manifesto and Vinterberg’s 1998 film “The Celebration” (Festen) was the first film of the movement. It received a multitude of international awards including the special jury prize at Cannes film festival. Although the films made in following years received controversial attention, in 2010 director‘s drama “Submarino” was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany). This year Vinterberg makes a comeback with the film “The Hunt”, which was nominated for the Palme d‘Or at the Cannes International Film Festival.
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Section: Identity

Screenplay: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm

Dir. of Photography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Music: Nikolaj Egelund

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Susse Wold, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm