- Romy Kraus
'Another Round' - Interview with Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg
There's a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. If Churchill won WW2 in a heavy daze of alcohol, who knows what a few drops might do for them and their students? Initial results are positive, and the teachers' little project turns into a genuine academic study. Both their classes and their results continue to improve, and the group feels alive again! As the units are knocked back, some of the participants see further improvement and others go off the rails. It becomes increasingly clear that while alcohol may have fueled great results in world history, some bold acts carry consequences.
Writer/Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen
Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round was already the big winner at the 33rd European Film Awards, taking best film, best director, and best actor for star Mads Mikkelsen.
At Deadline's Contender event Vinterberg said:
“I was looking at how many fantastic accomplishments and world-changing events have been pulled through by people who were drunk. That made me very curious. How on one side alcohol can elevate people…but how also on the other side alcohol kills people and destroys families.” - Thomas Vinterberg
Mikkelsen heralds the director’s brave move to portray a character who from the outset is on the verge of a breakdown.
“The train has left him, he’s standing on the platform” - Mads Mikkelsen