Jagten

Denmark

Synopsis

A disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend and a new job, and is in the process of re-establishing his relationship with his teenage son Marcus. But things go awry. Just a story − a random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like a virus. The shock and mistrust get out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

Director's Statement

On a dark winter 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 this was a story that needed to be told. A story of a modern-day witch-hunt. THE HUNT is the result of this reading.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg

Written by: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm

Produced by: Morten Kaufmann, Sisse Graum Jørgensen

Cinematography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Editing: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud

Production Design: Torben Stig Nielsen

Original Score: Nikolaj Egholm

Main Cast: Lasse Fogelstrøm (Marcus), Mads Mikkelsen (Lukas), Thomas Bo Larsen (Theo), Susse Wold (Grethe), Annika Wedderkopp (Klara)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Screenwriter 2012
  • European Film 2012
  • European Director 2012
  • European Actor 2012
  • European Editor 2012
  • Feature Film Selection 2012