The Hunt

The Hunt  {Jagten}
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The Hunt
Denmark, 2012, 115 Minute Running Time
Topic: Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Danish English Sub-Titles

Awards: VIFF Peoples Choice Award; Nordic Council’s Film Prize

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. A PSIFF selection last year, when it was runner up in our Audience poll, "The Hunt" is this year’s Danish Academy Awards® submission.

Winner: Best Actor and Ecumenical Prize, Cannes Film Festival; Best Screenplay, European Film Awards’ Audience Award, Vancouver Film Festival; Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes

DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg
Producer: Sisse Graum Jorgensen, Morten Kaufmann, Thomas Vinterberg
Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen Anne Østerud
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

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