Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

THE COMMUNE (Kollektivet)


Year: 2016
Country: DENMARK
Run Time: 111 minutes



THE COMMUNE brings Danish director Thomas Vinterberg home, following his big budget English language turn in “Far From the Madding Crowd.” This loving tribute to his chaotic upbringing once again demonstrates Vinterberg’s mastery of the searing family drama. Vinterberg’s fascination with complicated household dynamics can be traced to his childhood, spent in a Copenhagen commune. Here we are in the mid-1970s, and Erik and Anna’s privileged lives are about to reach perfection. Erik, an architecture professor, inherits a villa in a posh section of Copenhagen. His wife Anna is a long-time newscaster on state TV. Their teenage daughter loves them both dearly. But Anna’s a bit bored. She suggests they embark on an adventure and throw their new home open to a few old friends—and a couple complete strangers—as an experiment in communal living. Swept away by the collective spirit of the time, the newly-formed band of ten unlikely roommates determines to fashion a new, open life. Of course it’s a recipe for disaster. THE COMMUNE is classic Vinterberg: brilliantly acted, funny, and devastating. It’s a search for clarity amidst the chaos. (In Danish with subtitles) —B.B.

THE COMMUNE (Kollektivet)

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 1:20 PM


Thomas Vinterberg

Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann

Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm

Jesper Tøffner

Anne Østerud, Janus Billeskov

Principal Cast
Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe, Fares Fares

Director Bio
Born in 1969 in Copenhagen and a graduate of the National Film School of Denmark, Thomas Vinterberg is a leading Danish filmmaker. He and Lars von Trier are two founding "brothers" of Dogme 95, an avant-garde movement dedicated to reintroducing the element of risk in filmmaking.

Select Filmography
"The Biggest Heroes" (1996), "The Celebration" (1998), "The Third Lie" (2000), "It's All About Love" (2003), "Dear Wendy" (2004), "When a Man Comes Home" (2007), "Submarino" (2010), "The Hunt" (2012), "Far From the Madding Crowd" (2015), THE COMMUNE (2016)

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Swedish American Chamber of Commerce-Greater Ohio Region

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