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“The Hunt”, curtain opener to Bucharest Film Festival

The Danish production was screened for the first time worldwide in the Cannes 2012 competition.

The Hunt/ Jagten”, a Danish feature film directed by Thomas Vinterberg, will open the 9th Bucharest International Film Festival (Bucharest IFF), on April 15, organizers announced.The film had its premiere screening in the Cannes 2012 competition. Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), the main character in “The Hunt”, has a new lover, a new job and is about to mend fences with his teen son, Marcus. Yet, things get out control when an apparently small lie begins spreading fast among his circle of people. Accused of a heinous murder, Lucas must prove his innocence in the face of a community enwrapped in mass-hysteria.Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes and of the Best Actor Award, “The Hunt”, which also got the People’s Choice Award at festivals in Ghent, Vancouver and Palm Springs, is one of last year’s most awarded European films, a performance that peaked with five European   Film Academy nominations and the Best Screenwriter Award. According to The Hollywood Reporter Magazine, “The Hunt” “is Thomas Vinterberg’s best film since “Festen” – a fascinating psychological drama built around the exceptional performance of Madds Mikkelsen, an, according to Variety, the actor’s performance is impressing in portraying a good man caught in a situation beyond his control.Thomas Vinterberg is the author of the first feature film under Dogma 95, a manifesto written by him together with Lars von Trier) – “Festen” (1996), was awarded the Special Jury Award at Cannes and the Fassbinder Award at the  European Film Academy Awards Gala. After two English-language films – “It’s All About Love” (2003) and “Dear Wendy” (2005), Vinterberg returned to Denmark for the comedy “When A Man Comes Home” (2007) and “Submarino”, a 2010 drama film, which was screened in the Berlin Festival official competition. In 2008, Vinterberg and Von Trier, along with their fellow Dogma movement members (Kristian Levring and Soren Kragh-Jacobsen), received the European Film Academy Achievement in World Cinema Award. “The Hunt” will be distributed on the Romanian big screens by Independenta Film, starting with April 19.The 9th Bucharest International Film Festival, the longest-running event in the Romanian capital dedicated to feature films exclusively, will run at Cinema Studio, NCRR – Horia Bernea Studio and Elvira Popescu Hall, April 15 – 21.The Bucharest International Film Festival is organized by the Charta Cultural Foundation, with assistance from the National Center of Cinematography (CNC).

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