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Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 5: Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt

It’s been a long time since we saw this Dane at the Cannes Film Festival in the Main Competition capacity. Thomas Vinterberg ‘s second feature film Festen (The Celebration) in 1998 claimed the Jury Prize which he parlayed into a career of experimental-type English language films It’s All About Love and Dear Wendy, and then homegrown titles A Man Comes Home and Submarino followed with less festival plays making it somewhat of a surprise that the filmmaker is in this year’s Main Competition. The Hunt stars Mads Mikkelsen in the lead and of course, the very unique Thomas Bo Larsen plays the supporting role in what is essentially a drama about the rumor mill, how it spreads and how it destroys lives. So far, we’ve drawn a “love it” or “hate it” type reaction, as we’ve got something of a rarity, with scores from zero to five stars. Click to enlarge!

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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