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The Commune Movie Review

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The Commune Movie Review
The Commune (Kollektivet) Magnolia Pictures Written by: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm Cast: Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Martha Sofie Wallstrom Hansen, Julie Agnete Vang, Fares Fares Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 5/2/17 Opens: May 19, 2017 You don’t have to look around much to notice that human beings are social animals. Take for […]

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The Commune review – the more the merrier?

A couple’s experiment with group living backfires in Thomas Vinterberg’s beautifully acted but heavy-handed drama

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s own experiences of growing up in a commune during the 1970s and 80s inform his unflinching approach to the subject in this drama, which was based on his own stage play, Kollektivet. More heavy-handed than Lukas Moodysson’s similarly themed Together, less abrasively confrontational than The Idiots by fellow Dogme 95 signatory Lars von Trier, The Commune is slightly melodramatic in its exploration of the emotional fallout when an experiment in collective living coincides with the breakdown of a marriage.

When university lecturer Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) inherits a huge house on the outskirts of Copenhagen, he is dissuaded from selling it by his wife, Anna (Trine Dyrholm), who proposes sharing the space with like-minded friends as a way of easing the financial burden, and staving off the middle-class, middle-age
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Toronto Film Festival to Open With Denzel Washington’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Toronto Film Festival to Open With Denzel Washington’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’
The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s disaster drama “Deepwater Horizon,” and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “Lbj.”

The film festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the John Sturges classic that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt as gunslingers who are enlisted to protect a small town, while marking director Antoine Fuqua’s third time at the festival. He previously screened “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” at Toronto. Sony and MGM will release the film stateside on Sept.
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Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’
The Toronto International Film Festival — aka Tiff — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.

There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at Tiff, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “Lbj.” Lone Scherfig, who has
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Danish director Thomas Vinterberg: ‘To some extent, I understand Brexit’

The film-maker on how growing up in a commune informed his new movie and his mixed feelings about the EU

Thomas Vinterberg is the Danish film director who, with Lars von Trier, co-founded Dogme 95, a movement that aimed to “purify” film-making by, among other things, minimising the use of special effects. In 1998, he wrote and directed the first Dogme film, Festen (The Celebration), which won numerous awards. However, his 2003 film, It’s All About Love, starring Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix, was a famous flop, and his reputation did not fully recover until the Oscar-nominated The Hunt (2012), about a man wrongly accused of child abuse. His new film is Kollektivet (The Commune), set in Copenhagen in the early 70s. It stars Ulrich Thomsen as Erik and Trine Dyrholm as Anna, a middle-class couple who set up a commune, with disastrous consequences for their marriage.

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Fuocoammare wins Golden Bear by Jennie Kermode - 2016-02-20 19:42:45


Italian documentary Fuocoammare (Fire At Sea) has won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale. The film follows the struggle of refugees trying to reach safety on the island of Lampedusa. Director Gianfranco Rosi, who hails from Eritrea like many of the refugees themselves, said his deepest concern was for those who never made it across the sea.

The Silver Bear award went to Mia Hansen-Løve for L'Avenir, which is also showing at the Glasgow Film Festival. The prize for best Actor went to Majd Mastoura for Inhebbek Hedi, a Tunisian tale set in the aftermath of the Arab Spring demonstrations, while Best Actress went to Trine Dyrholm for Thomas Vinterberg's Kollektivet, a drama about life in a 1970s Danish commune.

The winners were selected by the International Jury, headed by Meryl Streep....
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Berlinale ’16: The Commune review

The Commune review: Danish director Thomas Vinterberg returns to his homeland with this triumphant intimate portrait of 1970s Copenhagen.

The Commune review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. The Commune, or Kollektivet to give it its original Danish title, is an extremely solid and involving comedy/drama debuting at the Berlin Film Festival in-competition.

The Commune tells the story of Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), a lecturer in architecture at the local university, his wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a TV broadcaster who presents the evening news, and their 14-year-old daughter Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen). We are first introduced to the trio as they are shown around a massive house in the suburbs of the city of Copenhagen, a house far too big for the three of them, but beautiful in stature, and steeped in personal history. It turns out that the house is Erik’s childhood home and it
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Berlin Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Packs an Emotional Punch (Trailer)

Berlin Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Packs an Emotional Punch (Trailer)
After adeptly dipping his toe into the very English material of “Far From The Madding Crowd,” terrific Danish director Thomas Vinterberg returns to home soil for his new film. “The Commune” (“Kollektivet”) isn’t as dark as most of his output, from “Festen” to “The Hunt,” but despite its nostalgic comic surface it packs a characteristic emotional punch. It’s the mid-'70s. When an architect, Eric (Ulrich Thomsen), inherits his father’s enormous house in an upmarket suburb of Copenhagen, his first thought is to sell it. But Eric’s TV newsreader wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm) and teenage daughter Freja like the idea of actually living in it; more than that, Anna wants to fill it with people and introduce a spark into her marriage. “I need a change,” she tells her husband, “I need to hear someone else speak.” This rather serious man has to take that one on the chin,
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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Commune’

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Commune’
A large, chaotically chattering cast, polarities of farcical humor and teariest melodrama, even a rocking-around-the-Christmas-tree singalong: All the elements of a mass heart-sweller are superficially present in erstwhile Dogma 95 rebel Thomas Vinterberg’s return to Danish cinema. Yet “The Commune” finally winds up feeling as communal as “The Celebration” did celebratory, and this time the irony is perhaps not entirely by design. Picking up a domestically fractious ensemble format (plus actors Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm) from Vinterberg’s 1998 breakout hit, this 1970s-set study of a mixed-family household experiment gone dramatically awry aims for a bittersweet release of feeling that lands, at its most misjudged points, closer to emotional sadism. Human credibility is the separating factor here: Thanks to the skilled machinations of Vinterberg and his deft players, viewers may feel the pain of these characters rather more deeply than they believe it.

For Vinterberg, this uneven but nonetheless absorbing
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Full competition line-up for the 66th Berlin Film Festival revealed

The full competition line-up for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been revealed. The 66th annual Berlin Film Festival festival officially kicks off in Germany on 11th February. This year will mark the first time The Hollywood News will have covered the prestigious event, and our coverage kicks off in the city on the 11th.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is amongst the new announcements, and will screen out of competition with its international premiere,.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here are the films playing.

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)


By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

People’s Republic of China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere



By Spike Lee (Malcom X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon,
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Berlin completes Competition line-up; adds Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

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Berlin completes Competition line-up; adds Spike Lee's Chi-Raq
New films from Lee Tamahori and Anne Zohra Berrached also added.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has completed the line-up of its Competiton programme, of which 18 out of 23 will vye for the Golden and Silver Bears. A total of 19 titles of the films are world premieres.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq will receive its international premiere as part of the strand, but will play out of competition.

The film stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris and Wesley Snipes, and is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

Germany’s Anne Zohra Berrached, who premiered Two Mothers at the Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2013, returns with 24 Weeks (24 Wochen). The film centres on the dilemma faced by a woman who is already six months pregnant when she learns that her unborn child will have Down‘s syndrome as well as a serious heart defect
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New Films From Mia Hansen-Løve, Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, and More Will Premiere at Berlin 2016

As if new films from the Coens and Jeff Nichols weren’t enough, the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has further expanded their line-up, adding some of our most-anticipated films of the year. Mia Hansen-Løve, following up her incredible, sadly overlooked drama Eden, will premiere the Isabelle Huppert-led Things to Come, while Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, André Téchiné, and many more will stop by with their new features. Check out the new additions below, followed by some previously announced films, notably John Michael McDonagh‘s War on Everyone.


Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)


By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)

With Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova

World premiere

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)


By Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception, Men at Work)

With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol

International premiere

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary

Italy / France

By Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro Gra, El Sicario
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Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup

Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup
London — The Berlin Film Festival has added another nine titles to its competition lineup, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” Danis Tanovic’s “Death in Sarajevo,” Andre Techine’s “Being 17” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.”

Danish helmer Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” which was BAFTA and Golden Globes nominated, and won Cannes’ Jury Prize, and “The Hunt,” which picked up nominations at the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars.

“The Commune,” whose ensemble cast is lead by Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen, centers on the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 70s. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

Bosnian director Tanovic is best known for “No Man’s Land,” which won best screenplay at Cannes, and a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign-language film. “Death in Sarajevo,” which is being sold by The Match Factory, is based on a play, “Hotel Europe,
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Berlin 2016: Vinterberg, Hansen-Løve, Tanović join Competition

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Berlin 2016: Vinterberg, Hansen-Løve, Tanović join Competition
New titles from Thomas Vinterberg, Mia Hansen-Løve, Danis Tanovic, Lav Diaz and Gianfranco Rosi among line-up.Scroll down for full list

Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has added nine titles to its Competition line-up, bringing the current total to 14 (the full Competition programme will be announced soon, according to the fest).

The new additions include The Commune, marking the first time Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd) has been in Competition at Berlin since Submarino in 2010. The film centres on a Danish commune in the 1970s and will be released in Denmark this weekend (Jan 14).

French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) has been selected with her drama Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman embarking on a new life after her husband leaves her for another woman. The film will world premiere at Berlin.

Another world premiere will be documentary Fire at Sea, capturing life on
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Watch: First Nsfw International Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune'

Let me just get one thing out of the way — one of the most underrated and perhaps overlooked movies of the year is Thomas Vinterberg's "Far From The Madding Crowd," so now that it's on home video and digital, don't sleep on it. And the filmmaker, who seems to be busier than ever these days, already has his next movie in the can, and the first international trailer is here, which means sorry, no subtitles. Read More: Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Vinterberg's latest is "The Commune," and it finds him in a different mode from the provocative "The Hunt," and his Thomas Hardy adaptation, with the story following a couple who set up a commune in Copenhagen. "The most particular difference is that I’ve been writing it myself. It’s in more of a sort of auteur kind of tradition," Vinterberg told us earlier this spring.
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First Look: Cannes Buyers Want Thomas Vinterberg's '70s-Set 'The Commune'

First Look: Cannes Buyers Want Thomas Vinterberg's '70s-Set 'The Commune'
Thomas Vinterberg was a Palme d'Or contender, and an Oscar nominee, for 2012's "The Hunt," which won Mads Mikkelsen Cannes' Best Actor prize. After "Far From the Madding Crowd," the Dogme 95 pioneer turned humanist filmmaker returns to his Danish-language roots with "The Commune." Shot in Denmark and Sweden last Fall, this 1970s-set period piece turns on Erik (Ulrich Thomsen, star of Vinterberg's shrieking "The Celebration") and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a young academic couple who move into a Danish commune with their daughter — all is sweet serenity until Erik's younger lover is invited to join them. From the looks of it, this film co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who wrote "The Hunt" and directed 2012's intense "A Hijacking") also brings Vinterberg back to the kind of complicated group dynamics that made "The Hunt" and "The Celebration" so compelling. According to THR, "The Commune"...
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Cannes: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Sells Wide

Cannes: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Sells Wide
Cannes buyers are eager to join Thomas Vinterberg's Commune.  Vinterberg's upcoming drama, about the clash between individualism and solidarity in a 1970s Swedish commune, sold to multiple territories, including Spain (Golem), Korea (Challan), Russia (Silver Box) and Switzerland (Praesens Film). TrustNordisk is handling international sales on the film. Read More Afm: Buyers Join Thomas Vinterberg's 'Commune' The Commune has previously sold to France (Le Pacte), U.K. (Artificial Eye) and German-speaking Europe (Prokino) among other territories.  In a Better World stars Ulrich Thomson and Trine Dyrholm lead Commune's ensemble cast, which also includes Fares Fares (Child 44)

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Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts In ‘Far From The Madding Crowd': Hot Trailer

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Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts In ‘Far From The Madding Crowd': Hot Trailer
Above is the first trailer for Thomas Vinterberg’s return to English-language filmmaking, Far From The Madding Crowd. Based on Thomas Hardy’s literary classic, it’s the story of the beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (for whom a certain Hunger Games heroine is named) and her choices and passions when faced with three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who’s captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba with Matthias Schoenaerts as Oak, Tom Sturridge as Troy and Michael Sheen as Boldwood. (Sidenote: In the trailer, Mulligan and Sheen are the ones performing the theme music, Let No Man Steal Your Thyme.)

I had originally hoped to see this in Cannes, and then it wasn’t to be ready, so fingers were crossed for the fall festivals. But the film
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Afm Buyers Turn Up For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’

Afm Buyers Turn Up For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’
Paris– TrustNordisk has closed a raft of major European territories on Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune” at the Afm.

The film, which is now shooting, was picked up for the U.K. (Artificial Eye), Germany and Austria (Prokino Filmverleih GmbH), Benelux (September Film), Greece/Cyprus (Seven Films), Czech/Slovakia (Film Europe), Former Yugoslavia (McF Megacom Film), Poland (Gutek Film Ltd.), Brazil (California Filmes) and Hungary (Vertigo Media Ltd.).

At the Afm, Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte acquired the film for French distribution.

“The massive interest from distributors worldwide has been overwhelming and yet again underlines that Thomas Vinterberg is one of the most acclaimed directors of our time,” said TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis.

The Commune” stars “In A Better World” thesps Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm, as well as Fares Fares (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Lars Ranthe (“The Hunt”), among others.

Pic was penned by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, who
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Vinterberg’s Commune sold across Europe

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Vinterberg’s Commune sold across Europe
Danish director’s follow-up to The Hunt picked up by the UK, Germany and Brazil among others.

Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming film The Commune has been sold to distributors throughout Europe by TrustNordisk in the wake of the American Film Market.

The film, centred on life in a commune in the 1970s, has been snapped up for the UK (Artificial Eye), Germany and Austria (Prokino Filmverleih GmbH), Benelux (September Film), Greece/Cyprus (Seven Films), Czech/Slovakia (Film Europe), Former Yugoslavia (McF Megacom Film), Poland (Gutek Film Ltd.) and Hungary (Vertigo Media Ltd.).

It has also been picked up for Brazil (California Filmes).

As previously announced, French distributor Le Pacte secured the upcoming film during the Afm.

The film is currently shooting in Denmark and has a cast led by Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares and Lars Ranthe.

Written by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, who also both wrote Submarino (2010) and The Hunt (2012), The Commune focuses on group
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