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The Hunt

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Directed and co-written by Thomas Vinterberg, THE HUNT is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

Co-founder of the Dogme movement and director of award-winning international hit FESTEN (THE CELEBRATION), Thomas Vinterberg delivers yet another powerful drama that is sure to leave its mark. THE HUNT, which was co-written by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm (whose credits also include A HIJACKING, which he wrote and directed), won the 2012 European Film Awards Best Screenwriter prize and was nominated for prizes in a number of other categories, including Best Film, Director and Actor.

THE HUNT is produced by Morten Kaufmann and Sisse Graum Jørgensen for Zentropa Entertainments in co-production with Film I Väst and Zentropa International Sweden with support from The Danish Film Institute, DR, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Svenska Film Institutet, SVT and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. Nordic distribution by Nordisk Film Distribution. International sales by TrustNordisk.


Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Screenplay: Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm
Producers: Morten Kaufmann & Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Director of Photography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Editor: Anne Østerud & Janus Billeskov Jansen
Sound Design: Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Composer: Nikolaj Egelund
Production Designer: Torben Stig Nielsen
Costume Design: Manon Rasmussen
Make-up Design: Bjørg Serup
Casting: Jette Termann & Tanja Grunwald


Mads Mikkelsen - Lucas
Thomas Bo Larsen - Theo
Annika Wedderkopp - Klara
Lasse Fogelstrøm - Marcus
Susse Wold - Grethe
Anne Louise Hassing - Agnes
Lars Ranthe - Bruun
Alexandra Rapaport – Nadja


“IMMENSELY POWERFUL—OUTSTANDING. Mads Mikkelsen is one of the finest actors at work today.” – Phillip French, The Observer

“4 STARS. GRIPPING, UNBEARABLY TENSE, yet capable of great subtlety and nuance. Thomas Vinterberg has come storming back.” Phillip French, The Guardian

“5 out of 5 STARS. One of the year’s best films. It shares The Celebration’s devastating dramatic clarity. Mikkelsen gives a career topping performance.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

“RIVETING, propelled by a shattering performance by Mads Mikkelsen as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed. Vinterberg’s best film since The Celebration.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A strong return to form for Thomas Vinterberg.” – Matt Mueller, Indiewire/Thompson on Hollywood

“THRILLING AND COMPELLING. A stunning turn from the always excellent Mads Mikkelsen.” – David Voight, The Examiner

“Engrossing and provacative. A devastating portrait of society's tenuous structure under the pressures of fear.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Date for DVD release subject to change.