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First Images & 3 Clips From Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Hunt' Starring Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 10, 2012 9:16 AM
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One of the biggest surprises in the Cannes lineup was the return of Dogme 95 co-founder and Lars von Trier cohort Thomas Vinterberg. Not only because his partner-in-crime was handed a persona non grata last year, but also because the helmer has more or less failed to live up to his first Dogme work, "Festen," despite high-profile efforts such as "It's All About Love" starring Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn and Claire Danes. But Vinterberg's new film indeed looks promising.

Berlinale 2012 Review: 'A Royal Affair' Is A Good-Looking But Unadventurous Period Drama Elevated By Fine Performances

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 17, 2012 7:12 AM
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Considering how very few people on earth we would rather watch on a movie screen than Mads Mikkelsen, colour us baffled to find ourselves slightly out of step with the rapturous reception accorded his latest film, the Danish-language period drama "A Royal Affair." Premiering tonight in Berlin, the film apparently drew cheers from press (though not in our auditorium), and has, in the few hours since, been hailed by some as the saviour of the competition. The film we saw, however, was a perfectly decent, lavishly mounted costume drama, probably above average for this sort of thing, but hardly earth-shattering and certainly not the best film we've seen so far.

Berlin First Looks: Mads Mikkelsen In 'A Royal Affair,' Jet Li In 'Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate' Remake & Gabriel Byrne In 'I Anna'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 13, 2012 4:16 PM
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With the 62nd Annual Berlin International Film Festival in full swing, we've got more first look images from various pictures debuting at the Berlinale.

Evan Rachel Wood & Mads Mikkelsen Will Take Part In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:58 AM
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It seems the return of Shia LaBeouf to "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" has kicked the movie back into motion. The actor originally joined back in 2010 and was later replaced by Zac Efron, but last month LaBeouf climbed back into the lead less than two weeks later, and two more actors have come aboard with a start date on the horizon.

'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 8:03 PM
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While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

'Festen' Director Thomas Vinterberg Teams With Mads Mikkelsen For Drama 'The Hunt'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:45 AM
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Considering that he co-founded the Dogme movement, and made the best of its films, in "Festen" (or "The Celebration"), a picture that's proved highly influential across the last decade-and-a-half or so (David Fincher seems to be a fan, as there are certainly echoes of the film in the trailer for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"), it's disappointing that Thomas Vinterberg's career has proceeded in fits and starts ever since. It took him five years to follow-up "Festen," and that sophomore picture, the ambitious, but misshapen "It's All About Love," with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn, was critically slaughtered, while the Lars Von Trier-penned "Dear Wendy" didn't fare much better.

The Road To 'Drive': The Films Of Nicolas Winding Refn

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • September 20, 2011 4:56 AM
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After months of build-up, moviegoers finally got a look at "Drive," the much-acclaimed crime thriller by Nicolas Winding Refn, this weekend. With a C- Cinemascore (whatever that's worth), it's clearly a divisive picture, but there's been enough passion spent on the film, here and elsewhere, to suggest that plenty of discerning cinephiles have fallen for it in the way that several Playlist staffers have in recent weeks. And if you were one of them, Refn might have been a new face for you; the director has been active for fifteen years now, but only really started to come to attention of U.S. film fans in the last few years (or arguably, months), thanks to a pair of English-language pictures.

Nicolas Winding Refn May Make A Horror Film With Carey Mulligan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2011 11:55 AM
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'Drive' Director Also Talks Action Flick 'Only God Forgives,' An Abandoned Heist Pic & An Albert Brooks-Penned ComedyIf you've read any kind of movie blog in the last six months you're likely to see that almost everyone is enamored with Nicolas Winding Refn's beautiful, thrilling crime picture "Drive," which will undoubtedly nestle near the top of many year-end lists (including ours), when the time comes. It might feel like you've been hearing about the film for years now, seeing as the reviews have been piling in since it bowed at Cannes way back in May, but the film finally hits theaters on Friday, and you'll be able to check out all the fuss for yourself.

Mads Mikkelsen, Bruno Ganz To Star In 'Michael Kohlhaas'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 9, 2011 1:01 AM
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While it's difficult to stay as on top of the latest developments in European cinema as we'd like to, there being a limited number of hours in the day, every now and then some piece of development news from the Old World catches our eye, often due to the people involved. And so it is with "Michael Kohlhaas" a newly-announced film from director Arnaud des Pallières, which CineEuropa has revealed is set to star two of our favorite international actors, Mads Mikkelsen and Bruno Ganz.

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