Cannes: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Wins Prix Media
CANNES -- Danish film director Thomas Vinterberg has won the European Union Prix Media for his upcoming feature The Commune.
Vinterberg will share the Prix Media with Commune co-writer Tobias Lindholm and producer Sisse Graum Jorgensen of Zentropa, who both collaborated with Vinterberg on his Cannes 2012 Competition entry The Hunt.
Vinterberg returns to Cannes this year as president of the Un Certain Regard jury.
The Commune, billed as the story of life in a Danish commune, similar to the one where Vinterberg himself grew up in the 1970s, is due to go into production next year.
The Prix Media goes to the best new film project that qualifies for the EU's cinema subsidy program. The Hunt received around $130,000 (€100,000) in development and distribution funding from the program. The feature won Cannes' best actor prize for lead Mads Mikkelsen.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for education, culture, multi-lingualism and youth, will present Vinterberg with the prize at a ceremony in Cannes on Sunday, the director's 44th birthday.
Last year's inaugural Prix Media went to Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's The Past, which is in the Cannes competition this year.