Thomas Vinterberg and Zentropa's tale of a modern-day witch hunt, "The Hunt", is nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Language category along with "Blue Is The Warmest Color" (France), "The Great Beauty" (Italy), "The Past" (Iran) and "The Wind Rises" (Japan).
Second time for Vinterberg
This marks the first time a Danish director receives a Golden Globe nomination twice. In 1998, Thomas Vinterberg entered the run for the prestigious award with his breakthrough Dogme film, "The Celebration".
"This is spectacular news. Once again I am tremendously overjoyed on behalf of the whole team behind the film. The Golden Globe Awards is among the heavyweights and there is a certain satisfaction in seeing how this dark story we dug out of our own backyard in Denmark doesn't only resonate in Europe but also in America. Somehow it seems our little local story has become universal and I am very proud of that," says Thomas Vinterberg who has just returned to Denmark after wrapping principal shooting for his UK production "Far from the Madding Crowd".
A Host of Awards since Cannes
"The Hunt" stars Mads Mikkelsen as a mild-mannered kindergarten teacher who falls victim to a witch hunt in his home town when a young girl makes false accusations against him. The film took home three awards at its world premiere at the Cannes festival in 2012 and has garnered a string of prestigious awards and honours since, including a European Film Award for Best Script, a British Independent Film Award and the Nordic Council's Film Prize.
The film has also met with a warm theatrical and critical reception in the US with several nominations, including for a Satellite Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
"The Hunt" is written by Vinterberg and his writing partner Tobias Lindholm. The film is produced by Morten Kaufmann and Sisse Graum Jørgensen for Zentropa and has received support from the Danish Film Institute.
Denmark and the Golden Globes
"The Hunt" is the eighth Danish film to receive a nomination for a Golden Globe in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Three films have won the category:
Golden Globe winners
• "The Word" by Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1956
• "Pelle the Conqueror" by Bille August, 1988
• "In a Better World" by Susanne Bier, 2010
Golden Globe nominees• "Harry and the Butler" by Bent Christensen, 1961
• "Babette's Feast" by Gabriel Axel, 1988
• "The Celebration" by Thomas Vinterberg, 1998
• "A Royal Affair" by Nikolaj Arcel, 2012