cineuropa.org – Danish international sales agency LevelK will introduce two Danish films – and a Norwegian one – at the upcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica, Los Angeles (5-12 November): Danish directors Anders Bukh’s Encounters and Anders Thomas Jensen’s Men and Chicken, and Norwegian director Tonje Hessen Schei’s documentary Drone.
Ten years after his last movie as director – the drama-thriller-comedy Adam’s Apples [+] (2005) – Thomas Jensen is readying his fourth feature, Men and Chicken, which LevelK will be pre-selling in Santa Monica. Having either written or co-written Danish director Susanne Bier’s six latest Danish films, he has cast Mads Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas as two outcast brothers who reunite with their relatives in his black comedy; they then learn the cruel truth about themselves and their family. Tivi and Kim Magnusson are producing for M&M Productions, and the premiere is scheduled for 2015.
They started filming the new season on October 21 and this morning, @DeLaurentiisCo tweeted a photo of Mads on set taken by @neoprod.
Also, according to Yahoo, Mads will film Hannibal in Florence in December for 2 weeks!
Mads Mikkelsen will be honored with the “Die Europa” Award at the 28th International Film Festivalof Braunschweig. The Film Festival will run from November 11 to November 16 and will screen 85 movies and 247 shorts. According to their official schedule Mads will receive the Award from Daniel Kothenschulte on November 15 around 7pm. He’ll also have a panel on the same day at 5pm. Thank you Erinescence for the help!
The new commercial for BoConcept featuring Mads has been shown exclusively on French TV and is also featured on the official French site. Thanks to my friend Orianne for letting me know and uploading the video!
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businessinsider.com – One of the best things about NBC’s “Hannibal” is Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the show’s titular character. His portrayal of the infamous Dr. Lecter is unique in that his cannibalistic obsession manifests itself in such a way that his character comes off as a master chef, not some human-craving barbarian.
Prior to shooting for season 3, Business Insider spoke with the show’s food stylist, Janice Poon, to find out just how hands-on the actor truly is on set. Poon tells us Mikkelsen does all his own food stunts.
“That was really him chopping ingredients,” Poon tells Business Insider. “He [Mikkelsen] came up to my studio for some culinary training because he is a master of all things, he can do everything better than anybody. He’s a quick study; he’s just very dexterous and aware of physicality and using different instruments.”
Poon says there was one moment on set when Hannibal was tasked with pulling off an impressive food trick akin to something you’d see at a Benihana restaurant.
“There’s this Benihana egg trick that the writers tried to put it in once before and we got around it because it could be a mess. The idea is you throw an egg up in the air, you put your spatula out and it breaks on the spatula and you twist the spatula just slightly and the egg falls down on the griddle. They do this at Benihana, you know the Japanese chefs with their little tricks, and I’ve seen them screw it up. They have a whole big grill to hit, and here we just had this little pan for Mads to hit. The first time we thought ‘we’re not cleaning this up,’ because every take, if you break an egg, we have to clear the set, clean it up, etc. The set-dresser comes in just cursing the props person for ever allowing this stupid stunt, and we clean up and go again … so we decide we’re not going to have that, we’ll just have peeled potatoes.
Poon says, despite the difficulty, the writers were intent on making the scene happen.
“They put it in again six episodes later. That script came through at about 6 o’clock at night and was to be shot in the morning. So, the prop master says to me ‘Do you think you can do it?” and I said I can do it one time out of three … I’ve seen a Benihana chef screw this up. We’re all tired, and I don’t want to imagine broken eggs all over the set.”
“So I called my Japanese food guy and asked for a Benihana chef to bring in for a potential hand double. The next morning, there were two Japanese guys, me, six dozen eggs, and Mads wanders on to the set and asks ‘Ok, What are we doing?’ … I tell him we’re doing the Benihana egg trick today, but don’t worry because we have these chefs from the Sushi shop, and we’re gonna handle it. So Mads asks what he has to do, and I tell him – you throw the egg up in the air, you stick the spatula out, it breaks slightly, you twist your wrist, then the egg falls down into the pan. He says, OK, let me try it….he goes on set, and he actually did it. I accused him of practicing, but that’s when he told me he used to be a juggler.”
Poon says she and the crew were stunned to learn how effortless the move was for Mikkelsen.
“I can’t believe I worried so much thinking about how we could make it work,” says Poon. “He never tried it again until they shot it, and boom he did it, and we all were slack-jawed and happy to move on to the next thing.”
Question: What was your first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos?
LAURENCE FISHBURNE: It was Brian Cox in Manhunter. “I’m sorry, operator. I haven’t the use of my arms.” Ooh, okay. Smart guy.
MADS MIKKELSEN: I saw The Silence of the Lambs when it came out. I was way too old to be scared that much, but it was a fantastic film. We owe Anthony Hopkins a lot.
HUGH DANCY: I also saw The Silence of the Lambs. What I remember thinking was how beautiful it was, specifically in that crime scene that he creates when he slaughters the two police officers, and they come in to see it splayed out like an angel. I thought, “Oh, my god, that’s beautiful!” And then, I thought, “What’s wrong with me!” It did that very well.
BRYAN FULLER: I saw Manhunter and thought Brian Cox was amazing. He gets eclipsed by Anthony Hopkins ‘cause it’s an Oscar-winning performance, but I think Brian Cox is just as good. I think they’re two fantastic performances. And then, I went and read the book, and that blew me away.
Bryan, why is it important to you to change the gender of some of these characters and add that female energy to the story?
FULLER: Well, if we didn’t change some of the genders of the characters, it would be a sausage party. There would just be a lot of guys. I think we need female energy in all entertainment. What’s exciting about Season 3 is that we have a lot more female energy.
Hugh and Mads, there’s an interesting undercurrent of love between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham.
FULLER: He’s penetrated him. It’s true!
How does that shape your own portrayals, and your understanding of the characters?
DANCY: They love each other. That’s unquestionable. I think it’s a platonic love, but it’s rich. They recognize each other as unique in the world. They reflect each other, in that way. It’s a profound recognition and relief that comes with it.
MIKKELSEN: Going through what Hannibal did with Will, in the two seasons, is probably the closest he’s ever been to loving anyone. What love means in his universe, we’ll have to see, later on. Everything heartbreaking that happens to poor Will is also heartbreaking to Hannibal.
FULLER: One of the reasons that I was really excited about this project was to explore heterosexual male friendship, not just between Will and Hannibal, but also Jack. I feel like there is a three-way between those men. I think Jack has a friendship with these two guys, as well. It’s a very interesting exploration of male friendships.
MIKKELSEN: I think there’s an honesty to what Bryan writes, and there’s an honesty in how we try to give the scenes justice. That mean that there is never the big plan from Hannibal. When I’m with Jack, it’s honest. There’s no lie. It’s an honest relationship. We’ve become strong friends, as I have with his wife. What I did with Alana was honest. It might change tomorrow. We don’t know. But, it’s always honest. That’s one of the reasons she can walk in that door without the audience going, “No!” There’s an honesty in the whole project. We’re not trying to be behind the characters going, “Gotcha!” Honesty is one of the keynotes that allows us to get away with some of these things.
Mads and Laurence, how was it to shoot your fight scene that opened Season 2?
MIKKELSEN: That was a really long day.
FISHBURNE: We felt really long and we looked really young, while we were doing it. But the day after, we really felt our age.
MIKKELSEN: We shot that for 14 hours.
FISHBURNE: No, we did 21 hours. You just blocked out the other seven.
MIKKELSEN: That was a beautiful day.
FISHBURNE: It was great.
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