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Vinterberg's The Hunt selected for Competition in Cannes

The Hunt by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is part of the Official Selection for Competition at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival

  • Director Thomas Vinterberg behind the camera. Photo: Per Arnesen

    Director Thomas Vinterberg behind the camera. Photo: Per Arnesen

The Official Selection for Cannes International Film Festival serves to highlight the diversity of cinematic creation. The two most important of which are the Competition and Un Certain Regard. Films that are representative of "arthouse cinema with a wide audience appeal" are presented in Competition.

A happy Thomas Vinterberg says: "Naturally I am extremely proud on behalf of my co-author Tobias Lindholm, the film and myself. It is a great and almost unimaginable surprise to have slipped through the perhaps smallest needle's eye in the movie industry."

The Hunt is written by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm and stars Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as Lucas, who is accused of a crime he did not commit and must fight to get his life back on track.

Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of re-establishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Not a lot. Just a small comment. A random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

The film is shot by cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, edited by Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov Jansen, with music by Kristian Eidnes Andersen. Morten Kaufmann and Sisse Graum Jørgensen are producing the film for Zentropa, which is half-owned by Egmont.