Thomas Vinterberg on FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, Dogme and Feminism (Exclusive Audio Interview)

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vinterbermaddingcrowdDanish director Thomas Vinterberg’s focus is on truth in cinema, and has been since his debut when, straight out of film school, he and fellow Dane Lars von Trier created the ‘Dogme 95’ credo, emphasizing transparency of process and authenticity in every aspect of narrative moviemaking. Authenticity is still a core value in his newest film, Far From The Madding Crowd, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic 19th century novel. The richly produced period drama, replete with gloriously shot sweeping landscapes, gorgeous costumes and art direction and superb performances by Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and the ensemble, is a far cry from Vinterberg’s Dogme days. And the film’s female-centric story takes Vinterberg far afield from his previous testosterone-driven tales. What brought about this transition and how did it progress? In this exclusive audio interview, Vinterberg talks about FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, cinematic truth beyond dogme, trends in documentary films, feminism and the importance of devotion. Jennifer Merin interviews — while, due to YouTube’s odd posting protocols, birds fly across a lake, their caws, cries and comments silenced by a mute button. To listen to the full interview, click here

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