Make it two in a row for Mads Mikkelsen. Denmark has chosen Thomas Vinterberg‘s Mikkelsen-starrer The Hunt as its submission for the Foreign Language Oscar. Mikkelsen also starred in last year’s entry — and eventual nominee — A Royal Affair. The Hunt, a Cannes contender in 2012, focuses on a man whose life is turned upside down when a lie is spread about him in his small town. Mikkelsen won the Cannes Best Actor prize for the role. The movie also took the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Vulcain Prize for technical artist Charlotte Bruus Christensen. It later won the British Independent Film Award for Best International Independent Film. Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm also won the European Film Award for their screenplay. Magnolia released The Hunt in the U.S. in July and it was released in Denmark earlier this year where it is still the No. 1 movie at the box office with nearly $8M. Also at home, it’s one of the top five most-seen Danish films since 2000. Vinterberg is currently shooting the English-language Far From The Madding Crowd and Mikkelsen soon returns for a second season as the eponymous Hannibal in the NBC series. Denmark last won the Foreign Language Oscar with Susanne Bier’s 2010 In A Better World.
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Denmark Sees Boom In Admissions For Homegrown Films
Danish films are on a roll at home, with local pics taking 34% of the box office in the first six months of 2013, Cineuropa reports. Three Danish pics are at the top of the heap, led by Thomas Vinterberg’s 2012 Cannes entry The Hunt, which won Mads Mikkelsen the best actor prize at the festival. Homegrown films had a record 33% of the market in 2012 and in the first half of 2013 have sold 2.25M tickets, according to figures from the Danish Film Institute. Of those tickets, The Hunt, Martin Miehe-Renard’s My African Adventure and Rasmus Heide’s All For Two sold 1.47M. Conversely, TV viewing is down. Recent TNS Gallup figures show that Danes watched 13% less television than in the same period last year, Cineuropa said.
Tom Stoppard Radio Play Celebrates Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’ Turning 40
Tom Stoppard has written a new radio play to mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon. Darkside, premiering August 26 on BBC Radio 2, is a fantastical based on themes from the album. The cast includes Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, Adrian Scarborough, Iwan Rheon and Amaka Okafor. On the night of broadcast, visitors to bbc.co.uk/radio2 will be able to watch a specially commissioned animation by Aardman to accompany the drama.
Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Fruitvale Station’, ‘Crystal Fairy’, ‘The Hunt’, ‘Still Mine’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’
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The theatrical rollout of the Sundance Film Festival‘s Grand Jury Prize winner is an anticipated and likely nerve-racking occasion for insiders. This year, newcomer Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station holds the mantle. The film won the festival’s top jury prize in addition to the Audience Award. Last year’s big winner Beasts Of The Southern Wild – also from a newcomer, Benh Zeitlin – opened in the summer, going on to rack up critical awards as well as Oscar nominations and solid but not explosive numbers at the box office. Fruitvale‘s debut will hopefully add shine to what has been a mixed to blasé bag in the Specialty arena of late. Also this weekend, fellow Sundance winner Crystal Fairy (a World Cinema prize winner) is also hitting the big screen via IFC Films. The film was a spontaneous undertaking while filmmaker Sebastián Silva and star Michael Cera awaited financing for another project. Cannes 2012 award winner The Hunt from veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg also joins the newcomer list Friday. The dark but acclaimed film has been a hit at home and other territories, but how it will translate in the U.S. remains to be seen. The weekend’s largest Specialty rollout in terms of location count, though, comes from India. Reliance will open Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in over 100 theaters across the country. Comparatively more limited new arrivals this weekend come from Samuel Goldwyn Films (Still Mine) and Anchor Bay Films (Pawn Shop Chronicles).
Fruitvale Station occupies a coveted place in the specialty/indie world, winning the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Feature as well as the Audience Award in the same category. Its wins also naturally carry expectations. Last year’s jury prize winner, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, bowed with a $42,426 PSA in four theaters and went on to cume nearly $12.8 million domestically. It also managed to accumulate a slew of year-end awards as well as multiple Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role, not bad for a film with no known actors. Fruitvale Station, however, boasts known talent including Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Friday Night Lights actor Michael B. Jordan. “We’re excited and have high hopes for Fruitvale Station,” said TWC president of Theatrical Distribution Erik Lomis. “Beasts is not a model for this, but it did prove that you don’t have to open at the end of year to receive acknowledgment. There needs to be an alternative [to the summer blockbusters]. It’s a powerful film and we’re going to take it out nationally.”
UPDATE, 9:34 PM: The Motion Pictures Editors Guild said tonight that it has reached an agreement with the producers of The Hunt. “The crew will report to work as scheduled tomorrow, and they’ll be working under a union contract,” the guild said on its Facebook page. “Many thanks to all those …
The CW has slated new unscripted series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a reboot of the improv comedy series; game show Perfect Score; and competition The Hunt as well as returning Breaking Pointe. After experimenting with Canadian scripted shows 18 To Life and L.A. Complex the last couple of years, the network is keeping its original summer slate all-unscripted this year. Whose Line, hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler and featuring the return of cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, will be paired with Perfect Score, hosted by Arielle Kebbel, on Tuesdays. Breaking Pointe will air on Mondays, The Hunt on Wednesdays. All shows will premiere late in the summer to help launch CW’s fall slate. Here are the dates: