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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #45. Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune

The Commune

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writers: Tobias Lindholm, 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 starring excellent Danish stars Ulrich Thomsen (unforgettable in Vinterberg’s 1998 The Celebration) and Trine Dyrholm.

Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Fares Fares, Tryne Dyrholm

Production Co./Producers:  Zentropa Entertainments’ Sisse Graum Jorgenesen & Morten Kaufmann

U.S. Distributor: TBD (domestic). Various Distributors (international).

Release Date: Pegged for theatrical released in Denmark mid-January with a roll out to several countries afterwards, we’re assuming to see this snag a perch in Berlin.

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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