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Zentropa film selected for Berlin Film Festival

Thomas Vinterberg's "The Commune" is selected for the main competition at the 66th Berlin Film Festival

Photo: Christian Geisnæs

Thomas Vinterberg's "The Commune", who has Danish theatrical release on January 14, is selected for the Berlin Film Festival's main competition. The film is produced by Zentropa, and is one of 15 films competing for the prestigious Gold Bear for Best Film.

Thomas Vinterberg describes "The Commune" as a humorous but painful and touching portrait of a whole generation; a gentle and confrontational declaration of love to a generation of idealists and dreamers.

To the couple Erik and Anna it all starts like a dream. Along with their daughter Freja they set up a commune in Erik's huge villa. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune. We participate in the house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test yet.

Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm play the couple Erik and Anna and Martha Sofie Wallstrom Hansen makes her debut as the daughter Freja. Among the commune’s other residents we meet Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe, Fares Fares, Julie Agnes Vagn, Magnus Millang, Anne Gry Henningsen and Sebastian Grønnegaard Milbrat.

Morten Kaufmann and Sisse Graum Jørgensen produced for Zentropa in cooperation with Toolbox Films with support the Danish Film Institute. Trustnordisk is handling international sales.

This year's Berlin Film Festival will take place from February 11 to February 21.