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Film Description

 


The Hunt

One of the year’s defining and most controversial films, The Hunt is an intelligent and disturbing dissection of Danish society, as ferocious as director Thomas Vinterberg’s international breakthrough The Celebration. Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair, After the Wedding) stars as Lucas, a divorced daycare worker who is hoping to win custody of his estranged teenage son. Well-liked and easygoing, Lucas is an integral part of this tight-knit community, having lived in the small suburban town all his life and formed lifelong friendships with Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen, The Celebration) and Bruun (Lars Ranthe), who regularly organizes the men’s hunting trips.

Beloved by the children under his care, Lucas also has a special bond with Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), the young daughter of Theo and his wife Agnes (Anne Louise Hassing; The Idiots). Frequently finding Klara wandering the neighbourhood alone— her only respite from the constant rows between her parents—Lucas takes to escorting her home. When Klara kisses him on the lips one day, a shocked Lucas rebuffs her, telling her that only mommies and daddies should kiss in that way. Hurt and angry, the child tells the incompetent head of the daycare that she has seen things she shouldn’t have, sparking a modern-day witch hunt that targets Lucas and grows progressively uglier. Rumours, innuendo and lies spread through the town like a virus, transforming the once mild-mannered Lucas into a tormented and embittered pariah virtually overnight.

As in The Celebration, Vinterberg mercilessly reveals the hypocrisy behind some of his country’s most cherished social ideals, particularly the close bonds of community, the sanctity of domesticity, and the innocence of childhood. Directed with consummate skill and driven by exceptional performances from a stellar cast, especially Mikkelsen, The Hunt is one of the most troubling and powerful cinematic experiences of the year.



CRITICAL NOTES

"Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg’s social drama could not be any more timely." - David Hughes, Empire Magazine

"Through it all, we see an idyllic-looking community, where glorious fall colors fade into twinkling December snow - a pretty frame for a terrifying story of a modern-day witch hunt." - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"Known for his often icy and violent characters, Mikkelsen impresses here as a warm-hearted man who finds himself caught up in a situation way beyond his control." - Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
FILM INFORMATION

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
Year: 2012
Runtime: 111 minutes
Country: Denmark
Language: Danish (English subtitles)
Distributor: Mongrel Media


Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

SCREENING DATES 

Date Circuit Centre Location
May 26, 2014 Friends of the Cinema
The Tivoli Theatre
Creston, BC
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