From international independent films to a James Bond blockbuster, Danish superstar Mads Mikkelsen has taken Hollywood by storm, crossing over from award-winning foreign cinema to critically-acclaimed blockbuster films and TV series’.
Over three nights this October, World Movies showcases three of Mikkelsen’s finest international films including Scandinavian crime thriller Exit (also starring Alexander Skarsgård); the historically relevant and visually breathtaking period-drama A Royal Affair; and the chilling, nerve-shattering drama The Hunt – which saw Mikkelsen take out the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Tuesday 13 October 8.30pm
Exit (Sweden, 2006)
A tense and exhilarating thriller starring Mads Mikkelsen. A wealthy businessman, framed for the murder of his friend and business partner, finds himself a fugitive in a race against time to prove his innocence.
Wednesday 14 October 8.30pm
A Royal Affair (Sweden, 2012)
A Royal Affair is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centred on the intriguing love triangle between the ever-more insane King Christian VII, the man of enlightenment and idealism, Dr Struensee, and the young but strong queen Caroline Mathilde, this is the tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for the Danish people. But above all, it is the story of the passionate and forbidden romance that changed a nation forever. Stars Mads Mikkelsen.
Thursday 15 October 8.30pm
The Hunt (Denmark, 2012)
Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is beloved by his students and fellow teachers at his local kindergarten. After a divorce, made especially painful when his wife moved away from town with their teenage son, Marcus, Lucas’s life is recovering with a new girlfriend, and the reforging of his relationship with Marcus. His world comes crashing down, however, when a young girl in his class accuses him of inappropriate behaviour. It’s a simple lie that spirals out of control and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria. Long held friendships are tested as mistrust takes hold, and Lucas must summon all his strength in a brave fight for his life and dignity.