Already a big hit at the domestic box-office, writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen's black comedy Men & Chicken will soon get its first North American audience. The film was announced Tuesday as part of the Toronto Film Festival's Vanguard, a programme challenging the mainstream with its choice of provocative and offbeat films.
In "Men & Chicken" Mads Mikkelsen and David Dencik star as Elias and Gabriel, two very different brothers who learn some dark family secrets when the man they thought was their father dies. Gabriel and Elias go to the island of Ork to meet three brothers they didn't know they had. But the reunion does not go as expected. See trailer below
Embodying the three unknown brothers are Søren Malling, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Nicolas Bro, while the crew behind the camera includes cinematographer Sebastian Blenkov and editor Anders Villadsen. Kim Magnusson and Tivi Magnusson have produced for M&M Productions, and the film has received funding from the Danish Film Institute. International sales are handled by LevelK.
Opening in Danish theatres in February, "Men & Chicken" swept the box office and quickly became one of the highest ranking films on the local Top 10, reaching 357,850 admissions. The film made its international premiere at the Münich Film Festival in June, and in July it took home an award at the Neuchatel Fantastic Film Festival.
The Toronto Film Festival will be announcing more films for its 2015 line-up over the following weeks.
About Anders Thomas Jensen's Films
Anders Thomas Jensen has written more than 30 features. Most notably, he has been Susanne Bier's on-and-off writng partner since 2002's "Open Hearts."
Now, after nearly ten years out of the director's chair, Anders Thomas Jensen has released his fourth feature film, "Men & Chicken," which carries the characteristics of his three previous features: the dark humour and comical contrasts.
In his wildly popular "Flickering Lights" (2000), a gang of bumbling criminals join forces to open a gourmet restaurant. The macabre "The Green Butchers" (2003) is about two young brothers selling human flesh on the sly. Finally, in "Adam's Apples" (2005), Jensen ramps up the ambition in an absurd comedy about power of evil based on the Biblical story of Job.