Synopsis

Inspired by his own childhood experiences, The Commune is new comedy-drama by BAFTA-nominated director Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) who reunites with writer Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A Hijacking) In the early-70s, successful professor of architecture Erik inherits a large mansion in suburban Copenhagen and decides to set up a commune with his wife Anna and daughter Freja. Together they invite friends, acquaintances and strangers to live with them, creating a melting pot of left-wing ideas and new familial bonds. But when Erik begins an affair with Emma, a beautiful young student from his course, the spirit of free love that formed the foundations of the commune will threaten to bring it all tumbling down. By turns witty, moving and poignant, The Commune is an insightful portrayal of human relationships performed by a stunning ensemble cast, most notably Trine Dyrholm, who was awarded the 2016 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance as Anna.

Director

Thomas Vinterberg

Crew

Thomas Vinterberg: Director Jesper Tøffner: Cinematographer Anne Østerud: Editor #1 Janus Billeskov Jansen: Editor #2 Tobias Lindholm: Scriptwriter Sisse Graum Jørgensen: Producer Marie Gade Denessen: Executive producer

Details

Original title: Kollektivet Production company: Zentropa Entertainment Production year: 2015 Starring: Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe and Fares Fares DVD catalogue number: ART799DVD

Awards

Winner of Best Actress Silver Bear at 2016 Berlin Film Festival - Trine Dyrholm
Official competition, 2016 Berlin International Film Festival
Nominated for Best European Actress at the 2016 European Film Awards - Trine Dyrholm


Out now on DVD & on demand

GENRE: Drama

DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg

CREW:
Thomas Vinterberg: Director
Jesper Tøffner: Cinematographer
Anne Østerud: Editor #1
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DURATION: 111 Mins

COUNTRIES: Denmark

LANGUAGES: Danish

AWARDS:
Winner of Best Actress Silver Bear at 2016 Berlin Film Festival - Trine Dyrholm
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  • “A warm, sharply characterised and absorbing melodrama”

    Tom Huddleston, Time Out


  • “Dyrholm gives an extraordinary performance”

    Kate Muir, The Times


  • “A powerful and personal drama”

    Ben Bailey, Radio Times


  • “Anyone who’s lived looser than they do now will recognise the strong bonds and stimuli The Commune yearns for”

    Nick Hasted, The Arts Desk


  • “An endearing examination of just how quickly and easily paradise can be lost”

    Oliver Johnston, The Upcoming


  • “Vinterberg has supremely aced this absolute treat”

    Paul Heath, The Hollywood News

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