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BEST ACTOR GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - First Runner-up: Mads Mikkelsen

Denmark | 2012 | 111 minutes | Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance as an innocent man accused of child molestation in this ferociously powerful new film by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration). 

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Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is well-liked and respected in the suburban town where he grew up and made a life. A divorced daycare worker, Lucas is focused on forging a relationship with his teenage son, spending time with his lifelong best friends Theo and Bruun, and working as a beloved teacher to the children under his care. However, a misunderstanding with Theo's young daughter spurs a poisonous thorn into Lucas' otherwise tenable life: she implies to the head of the daycare that Lucas has acted inappropriately. Caught up in the rumor, several small children at the local kindergarten confirm the accusation, one by one. The rumors become innuendo, and eventually spread insidiously to the conclusion that Lucas is a pedophile. He becomes a reviled pariah in the small town where he grew up and made a life. In his most successful film since The Celebration, Dogme co-founder Thomas Vinterberg remorselessly turns the screws on Lucas, showing how easily public opinion can embrace mob mentality and blood lust, and testing how even a fundamentally good man responds to such malignant force. The film explores how a lie, especially one of a sexual nature, contaminates perceptions and ruins lives. This probing psychological drama is as gripping and cathartic as any thriller, with a searing performance from Mikkelsen at its core.

Director Biography
Thomas Vinterberg is a Danish director, screenwriter, and producer. In 1995, he joined hands with Lars Von Trier and other artists to create Dogme95, a movement which refused the use of expensive and spectacular special effects. His most famous film The Celebration (Festen), won the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, where he is now the president of the Un Certain Regard jury. His other films include Dear Wendy (2004) and Submarino (2010).

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Principal Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm, Susse Wold
Country: Denmark
Year: 2012
Running Time: 111 minutes
Producer: Morten Kaufmann, Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Screenplay: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
Cinematographers: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Editors: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud
Music: Mikkel Maltha
Website: Film Website (UK)
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (Best Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist); Vancouver International Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award); Mumbai Film Festival 2012 ()Audience Award)
Filmography: Submarino (2010); When a Man Comes Home (2007); Dear Wendy (2004); It’s All About Love (2003); The Celebration (1998)
Language: Danish
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Format: DCP
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
International Sales: TrustNordisk
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