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Another Round Danish Oscar Contenders


WED—March 15—7 PM
$13 ($8 ASF Members)
115 min. In Danish with English subtitles

In honor of the 95th Annual Academy Awards this month, see screenings of recent Nordic Oscar winners at Scandinavia House! On March 15, we’ll be showing the Danish film Another Round/Druk (Denmark, 2020; dir. Thomas Vinterberg), winner of Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021.

Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first they each find a new-found zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course.

Underscored by delicate and affecting camerawork, director Thomas Vinterberg’s spry script, co-written with regular collaborator Tobias Lindholm, uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, the ever surprising Mads Mikkelsen delivers a fierce and touching performance.

“Thomas Vinterberg’s absorbing dark comedy turns into a lively and fascinating referendum on booze, with Mads Mikkelsen’s fierce and unsettling performance vibrating at its center.”—IndieWire; “Thomas Vinterberg has made a truly wonderful movie about trying to come to grips with life, anchored by terrific performances from Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, and Lars Ranthe. It’s funny, and gutting, and great.”—Vox; “One of the director’s most absorbing works”—The New Yorker


About the Director

Thomas Vinterberg (b. 19 May 1969) is a Danish film director who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement in filmmaking, which established rules for simplifying movie production. He is best known for the films The Celebration (1998), Submarino (2010), The Hunt (2012), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), and Another Round (2020).

For Another Round, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director (the first Danish filmmaker nominated for the Best Director category) and won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.


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