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Thomas Vinterberg Interview (The Hunt)

A still from Thomas Vinterberg's film The Hunt, where a bespectacled older man embraces his son in a wooded clearing.

Thomas Vinterberg is a Danish filmmaker who rose to international attention from co-founding the Dogme 95 movement and contributing the first film to follow its rules, The Celebration (1998). His other films include The Biggest Heroes (1996), It’s All About Love (2003), the Lars von Trier-penned Dear Wendy (2005), A Man Comes Home (2007), and Submarino (2010).

Thomas premiered his latest film, The Hunt (Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen), at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where we had the great opportunity to host him at our TIFF studio space, Onsite [at] OCAD U, where we had an early morning chat about The Hunt, its ending, and almost every other film he’s made… especially It’s All About Love.

Our interview with Thomas Vinterberg was a feature interview in the twelfth monthly issue of The Seventh Art as a “video magazine.” It was released in April 2013 and was shot as part of our Toronto International Film Festival coverage. Other TIFF 2012 interviews on video from that year include Margarethe von Trotta, Ben Wheatley, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Miguel Gomes, Costa-Gavras, Ernie Gehr, João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata, Matías Piñeiro, Peter Mettler, Rodney Ascher & Tim Kirk, and William Vega.

By Christopher Heron

Christopher Heron is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Art. He's conducted over 60 long-form interviews for the publication, while also writing and cutting several numerous video essays that investigate formal traits in films and filmmakers. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where his work explored cinematic representations of urban space with special attention paid to the films of Pedro Costa and Tsai Ming-liang.