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Denmark, 2012, 111 Minute Running Time
Language: Danish English Sub-Titles
Awards: Winner: Best Actor, Ecumenical Prize, Cannes Film Festival
A parent’s prime responsibility must be to protect his or her child. The same goes for a school and its pupils; a community and its children. So when first one, then another, and finally several infants all imply that kindergarten teacher Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a pedophile, he’s immediately ostracized, a pariah in the small town where he himself grew up and made a life. Only one thing, though: the charges are false, the result of a single, silly lie that spins far out of control and contaminates the perception of anyone it touches.
In his most successful film since The Celebration, Dogme co-founder Thomas Vinterberg remorselessly turns the screws on Lucas, showing how easily public opinion can embrace the blood lust of a lynch mob, and testing how even a fundamentally good man responds to such malignant stress. This probing psychological drama is as gripping and cathartic as any thriller, with a searing performance from Mikkelsen at its core.
Winner: Best Actor and Ecumenical Prize, Cannes Film Festival
DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg
Producer: Sisse Graum Jorgensen, Morten Kaufmann
Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Osterud
Screenwriter: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
Cinematographer: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Music: Nikolaj Egelund
Principal Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm, Susse Wold, Anne Louise Hassing
Filmography: Submarino (2010), When a Man Comes Home (2007), Dear Wendy (2004), It’s All About Love (2003), The Celebration (1998)
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures - www.magpictures.com