For many of us, finding the essential ingredients to create a fulfilling life is a struggle that never ends. In Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg’s newest film ANOTHER ROUND, starring Mads Mikkelsen, four middle aged men attempt to address this age-old existential question through one of civilization’s oldest vices: alcohol.

ANOTHER ROUND recently won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and has received two Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and Best International Feature Film.

Click below to watch a discussion between Vinterberg and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón about the making of the film and their unique approaches to visual storytelling:

Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first they each find a new-found zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course.
Underscored by delicate and affecting camerawork, director Thomas Vinterberg’s spry script, co-written with regular collaborator Tobias Lindholm, uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, the ever surprising Mads Mikkelsen delivers a fierce and touching performance.
Thomas Vinterberg is one of Denmark’s most important, award-winning, and internationally celebrated directors. His latest effort was the large-scale, international drama KURSK(2019), about the Russian submarine tragedy in the year 2000. Another recent success of his, THE COMMUNE(2016), was selected for the main competition at the Berlin Film Festival and netted Trine Dyrholm a Silver Bear for Best Actress. In 2012, Thomas Vinterberg won worldwide acclaim for this Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated drama THE HUNT (2013), which also won Mads Mikkelsen the Award for Best Actor at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Other notable works include the adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD(2015), which stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan; DEAR WENDY(2005); and IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE(2003). Vinterberg got his international breakthrough in 1998 with FESTEN– the world’s first Dogme 95 film, which received several international awards, including the Cannes Jury Prize. Thomas Vinterberg made his feature debut with THE BIGGEST HEROES(1996), after graduating from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993.