PODCAST: FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti interview Thomas Vinterberg, director of the film The Commune (Kollektivet) from the 66th Berlinale
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One of the founding fathers of Dogme 95, Thomas Vinterberg, presented his latest film The Commune (Kollektivet) in competition at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The Commune is loosely based on the director’s own childhood experiences. The director in fact lived a part of his life in a commune, and he tells us what it was that made him want to make a film about it. For her leading performance in the film, Trine Dyrholm won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
THE COMMUNE (Kollektivet): Erik and Anna are an academic couple with a dream. Together with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in the house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test yet. The Commune is a humorous, delicate but also a painful and touching portrait of an entire generation. The film turns into a gentle yet confrontational declaration of love for a generation of idealists and dreamers who have long since awakened to reality.