On May 24, the Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg-Tchaikovskogo, the Individual Tourist Service travel agency and the St. Petersburg International Festival of Festivals film festival invited their partners and friends to a private screening of Thomas Vinterberg’s most recent film, The Commune (Kollektivet).
Prize-winner of the prestigious International Cannes Film Festival, Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Dear Wendy, Far From the Madding Crowd, the Celebration) created a tense psychological drama following in the footsteps of the most acclaimed Scandinavian filmmakers in the likes of Ingmar Bergman and Lars von Trier.
The Commune tells the story of Erik, a lecturer in architecture at the local university, his wife Anna, a TV broadcaster who presents the evening news, and their 14-year-old daughter Freja. Erik and Anna had long been dreaming about creating a commune with their friends and acquaintances in their fashionable villa in Copenhagen, and at first everyone seems to be enjoying the benefits of sharing the same room. The members of this informal community thrill in all-night-long parties and endless discussions and the feeling of what feels like a genuine spiritual unity. For Anna, the idyllic story ends, when Erik brings his new passion to the house.
The Commune enjoyed its world premiere at the 66th International Film Festival in Berlin (Berlinale) in 2016, where the film received the prestigious Silver Bear Award. The prize went to Trine Dyrholm, who was honoured as the best actress for the role of the main female character, Anna.
he evening was attended by a special guest, the actor and theater director Leonid Alimov, who told the audiences about his new exciting theater premiere – the role of the sinister professor James Moriarty, the arch-enemy of the famous Detective Sherlock Holmes in Igor Konyaev’s new production, Sherlock Holmes, at the Baltiisky Dom Theater-Festival. A lottery draw was held among the guests, with the prizes including tickets to the premiere production and other shows of the company.