Cannes: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Wins Prix Media

Thomas Vinterberg - H 2012
Karina Tengberg

The feature, about life in a 1970s Danish commune, is set to begin shooting next year.

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.

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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.

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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.