THE COMMUNE

The time is the mid-1970s. The dream of freedom and fellowship is peaking. In the commune, people can be free and happy. They live together, party together and grow together. They debate, quarrel, make love and inspire each other. It's a picture-perfect life.

"The Commune" is Thomas Vinterberg's own free invention, inspired by his colourful childhood in an academic commune north of Copenhagen.

Erik and Annam, an academic couple, and their daughter Freja establish a commune in Erik's big box of a house in suburban Hellerup. Centring on the little family, the film invites us into the dream of a true commune. We are there for house meetings, dinners and parties. There is friendship, love, family and community under one roof. But when Erik's mistress is allowed to move in, everything changes. As time passes and an epoch nears its end, reality intrudes, threatening to destroy the family, the friendship and the dream of togetherness.

Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm, who both acted in Vinterberg's first two features, "The Biggest Heroes" and "The Celebration," star as Erik and Anna, while 14-year-old Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen makes her debut as their daughter Freja.

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Original title: 
Kollektivet
English title: 

THE COMMUNE

Status: 

A Zentropa Production in association with Toolbox Film

Format: 
Feature Film
Language: 
Danish
Year: 
2015
Cast: 

Ulrich Thomsen , Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares , Lars Ranthe

Director: 
Thomas Vinterberg
Writers: 

Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm

Producer: 

Sisse Graum Jørgensen & Morten Kaufmann

Co-producers: 
Film I Väst, Zentropa International Sweden, Topkapi Films and Zentropa International Netherlands
Production Company: 
Zentropa in association with Toolbox Film
Financing: 
Danish Film Institute, DR, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, The Netherlands Film Fund, Swedish Film Institute and the MEDIA programme of the European Union
Nordic Distribution: 
Nordisk Film Distribution
International Sales: 
TrustNordisk
Domestic Release: 
January 14th, 2016