Vancouver International Film Festival 2020
VIFF 2020

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema | Special Presentations

Inspired by an academic thesis suggesting humans are born with a 0.05 deficit in blood alcohol content, Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) and three of his teacher buddies — all middle-aged men — decide to put the theory to the test. Early results are encouraging: after a couple of shots of vodka in the morning, Martin is transformed into a confident and charismatic shaper of young minds, his formerly chaotic and dull history class sparks with revelation and debate. Even his numb, sterile marriage jerks back to life. His pals report similar successes. Clearly, it’s time to kick this project up a notch ... Thomas Vinterberg’s intoxicating new film recaptures a good deal of the subversive, anarchic spirit that animated his breakthrough Dogme movie, The Celebration, many moons ago (from the same period, Lars von Trier’s The Idiots also comes to mind). Granted, this black comedy might be counted socially irresponsible, even reckless, but that would be to overlook the existential angst hovering behind Mikkelsen’s eyes— this is an outstanding performance from a consummate movie actor. Maybe, just maybe, this is the movie we need right now ... – VIFF

Language: In Danish with English subtitles
CAST: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe, Marie Bonnevie
PROD: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Kasper Dissing
SCR: Tobias Lindholm

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The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2020. Please note that Cinematheque Membership, Passes, and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.