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The Hunt


A distressing examination of a false indictment, and the collective hysteria that ensues, in this electrifying drama from Thomas Vinterberg.

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  • Director Thomas Vinterberg
  • Producer Morten Kaufmann, Sisse Graum Jørgensen
  • Screenwriter Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
  • With Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
  • Denmark 2012
  • 111 mins
  • UK distribution Arrow Films

Thomas Vinterberg’s caustic debut Festen explored a family’s disturbance following a revelation of child abuse. With its drama unfolding from a similarly catastrophic accusation, The Hunt sees him back on electrifying form, again displaying a masterful control over his difficult subject matter, albeit in markedly different ways. Lucas is a much-loved kindergarten teacher, finally getting back on track after a messy divorce and loss of his previous job. Lucas’ world is further shattered, however, when a young girl in his class accuses him of inappropriate behaviour. Soon the peaceful community turn against him, united by a ferocity that threatens to destroy him. Propelled by an extraordinary performance from Mads Mikkelsen, this distressing examination of a false indictment, and the collective hysteria that ensues, is an emotionally complex piece of work, balancing heart-stopping tension with intelligence and subtle provocation.

Michael Blyth

Read the Time Out review.


Director statement

On a dark winter’s night in 1999, there was a knock on my door. A renowned Danish child-psychologist stood outside in the snow, with some documents, raving about children and their fantasies. He spoke about concepts such as ‘repressed memory’, and even more disturbing, about his theory that ‘thought is a virus’. I didn’t let him in. Didn’t read the documents. Went to bed. Ten years later, I needed a psychologist. I called him, and as a belated form of politeness, I read the documents. And was shocked. Spellbound. And I felt that here was a story that needed to be told. A story of a modern-day witch-hunt. The Hunt is the result of this reading.
Thomas Vinterberg

Director biography

Born in Copenhagen in 1969, he made his first short film at the age of 16 and was admitted three years later to the National Film School of Denmark; thus becoming their youngest student ever. He graduated in 1993 with his short Last Round garnering a nomination for a Student Academy Award. He was catapulted to international fame in 1998 when his second feature, Festen, received the Jury Prize in Cannes, as the first film completed under the terms of the Dogme Manifesto, of which he had been co-author alongside Lars von Trier. Subsequently, he has made a couple of English-language features, as well as music videos for such bands as Blur and Metallica. Submarino played at the LFF in 2010.


1990 Sneblind [s]
1993 Sidste omgang (Last Round) [s]; Slaget på tasken [TV]
1994 Drengen der gik baglæns (The Boy Who Walked Backwards) [s]
1996 De største helte (The Biggest Heroes)
1998 Festen (The Celebration)
2000 D-dag – Niels-Henning [TV]
2001 D-dag - Den færdige film [TV]
2002 It’s all About Love
2005 Dear Wendy
2007 En mand kommer hjem (When a Man Comes Home)
2010 Submarino
2012 Jagten (The Hunt)

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