The Hunt (2012 film)

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The Hunt
The Hunt (2012 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Jagten
Directed byThomas Vinterberg
Produced by
  • Morten Kaufmann
  • Sisse Graum Jørgensen
  • Thomas Vinterberg
Written by
  • Tobias Lindholm
  • Thomas Vinterberg
Starring
Music byNikolaj Egelund
CinematographyCharlotte Bruus Christensen
Edited by
  • Anne Østerud
  • Janus Billeskov Jansen
Production
company
Distributed byNordisk Film
Release dates
  • 20 May 2012 (2012-05-20) (Cannes)
  • 10 January 2013 (2013-01-10) (Denmark)
Running time115 minutes[1]
CountryDenmark
LanguageDanish
Budget$3.5 million
Box office$16.8 million [2][3]
 
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The Hunt
The Hunt (2012 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Jagten
Directed byThomas Vinterberg
Produced by
  • Morten Kaufmann
  • Sisse Graum Jørgensen
  • Thomas Vinterberg
Written by
  • Tobias Lindholm
  • Thomas Vinterberg
Starring
Music byNikolaj Egelund
CinematographyCharlotte Bruus Christensen
Edited by
  • Anne Østerud
  • Janus Billeskov Jansen
Production
company
Distributed byNordisk Film
Release dates
  • 20 May 2012 (2012-05-20) (Cannes)
  • 10 January 2013 (2013-01-10) (Denmark)
Running time115 minutes[1]
CountryDenmark
LanguageDanish
Budget$3.5 million
Box office$16.8 million [2][3]

The Hunt (Danish: Jagten) is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas, and follows a man who becomes the target of mass hysteria after being wrongly accused of sexually abusing a child in his kindergarten class.[4][5]

The film was screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and competed at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award for his role.[6][7][8] It also won the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize. The film was selected as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[9][10] making the final nomination.[11] It was nominated in the same category at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.[12]

Plot[edit]

Lucas is a member of a close-knit Danish community and works at a local kindergarten. Divorced, he struggles to maintain a relationship with his teenage son, who lives with his ex-wife, but enjoys wholesome interaction with the children at the kindergarten. His coworker Nadja makes advances towards him and eventually moves in as his girlfriend.

One of the kindergarten pupils is Klara, the daughter of Lucas' best friend Theo. Drawing on memory of a pornographic picture her brother showed her, she makes comments that lead the kindergarten director to believe Lucas indecently exposed himself to her. When interviewed with leading questions, Klara gives unclear testimony against Lucas. The adults in the community believe the director's story of abuse, dismissing Klara's later contradictions as denial.

Lucas is shunned by the community as a pedophile sexual predator. His friendship with Theo is destroyed, the pressure causes him to break up with Nadja, and his son is publicly ostracised. The kindergarten staff ask leading questions of other children at the kindergarten, who also say they were abused. However, the children's accounts mention details of Lucas's basement, which supports Lucas's innocence, as his house has no basement. After a hearing, he is released without charge.

The community is still suspicious of Lucas, however, and the ostracism turns to violence. His dog, Fanny, is killed, a stone is thrown through his window, and he is beaten by grocery store employees when he tries to buy food. On Christmas Eve, Lucas confronts Theo during a public church service. Later, Theo overhears Klara apologizing to Lucas as she drifts off to sleep. His doubts about Lucas' innocence are resolved, and he visits him on Christmas Day with food and alcohol as a peace offering.

A year later, tensions in the community have lessened. Lucas and Nadja are in a relationship again, and Lucas' son is accepted into the local hunting society as an adult. On a hunting expedition to commemorate the event, an unseen person shoots at Lucas. Blinded by the setting sun, Lucas is unable to identify his attacker, who reloads but flees.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was produced by Zentropa for 20 million Danish kroner. It received co-production support from Sweden's Film i Väst and Zentropa International Sweden. Further support came from the Danish Film Institute, DR, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the Swedish Film Institute, Sveriges Television and the MEDIA Programme.[4]

Reception[edit]

Alexandra Rapaport and Thomas Vinterberg at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

The Hunt premiered on 20 May 2012 at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as the first Danish-language film in the main competition since 1998.[4][13] Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at Cannes.[14] Nordisk Film released it in Denmark on 10 January 2013.[4] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 7 May 2013.

The film currently has a 93% rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes from 122 film critics with an average rating of 7.9 out of 10; the general consensus states: "Anchored by Mads Mikkelsen's sympathetic performance, The Hunt asks difficult questions with the courage to pursue answers head on."[15] The film also has a score of 76 on metacritic based on 30 critics indicating generally favourable reviews.[16]

Accolades[edit]

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipient(s)Result
Academy AwardsMarch 2, 2014Best Foreign Language FilmThomas VinterbergNominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists[17]December 19, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmThomas VinterbergWon
British Academy Film AwardsFebruary 10, 2013Best Film not in the English LanguageNominated
British Independent Film AwardsDecember 9, 2012Best Foreign Independent FilmThomas VinterbergWon
Bodil Awards[18]February 1, 2014Best Danish FilmWon
Best ActorMads MikkelsenWon
Best Supporting ActorThomas Bo LarsenNominated
Lars RantheNominated
Best Supporting ActressAnne Louise HassingNominated
Susse WoldWon
Best CinematographyCharlotte Bruus ChristensenWon
Cannes Film FestivalMay 27, 2012Best ActorMads MikkelsenWon
Prize of the Ecumenical JuryThomas VinterbergWon
Vulcan AwardCharlotte Bruus ChristensenWon
Palme d'OrThomas VinterbergNominated
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsDecember 16, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Critics' Choice AwardsJanuary 16, 2014Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Denver Film Critics Society[19]January 13, 2014Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics AssociationDecember 16, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Satellite AwardsFebruary 23, 2014Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
European Film AwardsDecember 1, 2012Best FilmThomas VinterbergNominated
Best DirectorThomas VinterbergNominated
Best ActorMads MikkelsenNominated
Best ScreenwriterThomas Vinterberg, Tobias LindholmWon
Best EditorJanus Billeskov Jansen, Anne ØsterudNominated
Golden Globe Awards[12]January 12, 2014Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Independent Spirit AwardsMarch 1, 2014Best Foreign FilmNominated
London Film Critics Circle AwardsJanuary 20, 2013Actor of the YearMads MikkelsenNominated
National Board of Review AwardsDecember 4, 2013Top Foreign FilmsWon
Nordic Council Film PrizeOctober 30, 2013Nordic Council Film PrizeThomas VinterbergWon
North Carolina Film Critics Association[20]January 12, 2014Best Foreign Language FilmWon
Online Film Critics Society AwardsDecember 16, 2013Best ActorMads MikkelsenNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society[21]December 17, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Best Performance by A Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - FemaleAnnika WedderkoppNominated
Robert Award[22]January 27, 2014Best Danish FilmThomas VinterbergWon
Best DirectorThomas VinterbergWon
Best ScreenplayThomas Vinterberg,Tobias LindholmWon
Best ActorMads MikkelsenWon
Best Supporting ActorThomas Bo LarsenNominated
Best Supporting ActressSusse WoldWon
Anne Louise HassingNominated
Best CinematographyCharlotte Bruus ChristensenNominated
Best EditorAnne Østerud, Janus Billeskov JansenWon
Best Production DesignTorben Stig NielsenNominated
Best Costume DesignManon RasmussenNominated
Best Make-UpBjørg SerupNominated
Best Original ScoreNikolaj EgelundNominated
Best SoundKristian Eidnes Andersen, Thomas JægerNominated
Audience Award - Best DramaThomas VinterbergWon
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association AwardsDecember 16, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards[23]December 11, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Toronto Film Critics Association[24]December 16, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmRunner-up
Vancouver International Film FestivalOctober 12, 2012Rogers People’s Choice AwardThomas VinterbergWon
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association AwardsDecember 9, 2013Best Foreign Language FilmNominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jagten - The Hunt (15)". Arrow Film Distributors. British Board of Film Classification. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=hunt2013.htm
  3. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=hunt2013.htm
  4. ^ a b c d Staff writer (2012-04-19). "Vinterberg til Cannes Festival". dfi.se (in Danish). Danish Film Institute. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  5. ^ "The Hunt, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  6. ^ "The Hunt". TIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  7. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Denmark Selects 'The Hunt' As Foreign Language Oscar Candidate". Deadline. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Oscars: Denmark Nominates 'The Hunt' for Best Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Report. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Oscars: Main nominations 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  12. ^ a b "Golden Globes Nominations: The Full List". Variety. January 11, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Screenings guide". festival-cannes.fr. Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  14. ^ "Awards 2012". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  15. ^ "The Hunt (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  16. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-hunt
  17. ^ "2013 EDA Award Nominess". Alliance of Women Film Journalists. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ "2014 Bodil Awards Nominations". Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ Lodge, Guy (10 January 2014). "2013 Denver Film Critics' Society nominations". HitFix. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Lodge, Guy (January 5, 2014). "2013 North Carolina Film Critics' Association nominations". HitFix. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society 2013 Award Nominations". Phoenix Film Critics Society. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Hunt sweeps Danish Robert awards". January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  23. ^ "San Diego Film Critics Select Top Films for 2013". Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  24. ^ "TFCA Announces 2013 Awards". Toronto Film Critics Association. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

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