Magnolia Pictures had picked up the U.S. distribution rights for THE HUNT, the latest film from Danish dogme director Thomas Vinterberg. The film, which screened in the competition section at the Cannes Film Festival, won a Best Actor prize for its lead, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. In the film, he stars as an ordinary man who fights against a lie of child abuse that threatens to destroy his life. Written by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, the film also won the Ecumenical Jury Award. The film is slated for a late year release, with a considerable campaign to be put in place to push for a Best Actor nod from the Oscars for Mikkelsen’s dynamic performance. Eamonn Bowles, President of Magnolia Pictures, commented in a release that “Thomas Vinterberg demonstrates his directorial mastery in his finest work since THE CELEBRATION and Mads Mikkelsen’s performance more than validates his Best Actor Award at Cannes.”
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