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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #71. Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune

The Commune

Director: Thomas Vinterberg // Writer: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg

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, Erik and Anna, who move into a commune in Hellerup with their daughter. In the beginning, it is like being invited into a dream, but that changes when Erik’s young lover is allowed to join them.

Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares

Producers: Zentropa Entertainment’s Morten Kaufmann and Sisse Graum Jorgensen, Toolbox Film, Film i Väst, Topkapi Films.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Set for a fall release in Denmark, we’re thinking Vinterberg will unveil Crowd at Cannes and leave this more personal film for a fall release in Venice and Toronto.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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