Magazine article Screen International

Thomas Vinterberg's the Commune First Look

Magazine article Screen International

Thomas Vinterberg's the Commune First Look

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Feature marks Vinterberg's follow-up to The Hunt.

The first behind the scenes image of director Thomas Vinterberg with the cast of his latest feature, The Commune, has been released.

Set in the mid-1970s, the film is inspired by Vinterberg's colourful childhood in an academic commune north of Copenhagen.

The feature centres on Erik and Annam, an academic couple, and their daughter Freja who establish a commune in Erik's big box of a house in suburban Hellerup.

It promises to show "the dream of a true commune", with house meetings, dinners and parties. There is friendship, love, family and community under one roof.

But when Erik's mistress is allowed to move in, everything changes. As time passes and an epoch nears its end, reality intrudes, threatening to destroy the family, the friendship and the dream of togetherness.

Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm, who both acted in Vinterberg's first two features, The Biggest Heroes and The Celebration (aka Festen), star as Erik and Anna, while 14-year-old Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen makes her debut as their daughter Freja. …

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