No Dogma for Vinterberg
The third feature film by Danish director, Thomas Vinterberg, entitled It's all about love [+see also:
film profile] is scheduled for release onto 80 French screens today, by courtesy of Pathé Distribution. The number of prints is a clear indication of Gallic audience’s growing interest in the work of the man who brought us Festen.
The cast of It’s All About Love is dominated by Americans: Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn. This is also Vinterberg turning his back on the Dogma Manifesto: his camerawork is nice and steady and the interiors were shot in a studio. Vinterberg said that the film was inspired by his exposure to worldwide success and interest after the release of Festen. It is about two people’s attempts to flee the stranglehold of a major entertainment studio. “Today cruelty and cynicism can hide behind a smiling face.”
Written by Mogens Rukov (The Crime Element and Festen), It’s all about love was produced by Vinterberg’s habitual producer, Brigitte Hald of Nimbus Film.
It remains to be seen whether this vaguely Kafkaesque tale set in New York, and featuring characters from Uganda, and with a Polish protagonist called Polanski strikes a note with French audiences.
(Translated from French)
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