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” has sold to key territories on the Cannes market, including Spain, Korea, Russia and Switzerland. The film already has distribution in France and the UK, and given the love for “Far From the Madding Crowd” and “The Hunt,” Vinterberg should have no trouble securing US release down the line.
TrustNordisk is handling international sales for “The Commune,” which is wrapping up in post.