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.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Local Pics Booming In Denmark; Tom Stoppard Radio Play Celebrates ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’; More
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Sturridge has been set alongside Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Far From The Madding Crowd, the Fox Searchlight adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel that will be directed by Thomas Vinterberg in the helmer’s English language debut. Based on the classic novel, the film concerns a young woman and the consequences of relationships she has with three separate men at the same time. Sturridge is coming off a Tony-nominated performance in Orphans opposite Alec Baldwin in his Broadway debut, and he was most recently seen onscreen in the Walter Salles-directed adaptation of On The Road. Sturridge is represented by CAA and Curtis Brown in the UK