TIFF: Drafthouse Takes Mads Mikkelsen Danish Comedy 'Men and Chicken'

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'Men and Chicken'

The bizarre family film from 'In a Better World' screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen screens in Toronto.

Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Men and Chicken, a bizarre Danish family comedy featuring Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen

The film, from writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen, features a who's who of Danish talent, including David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Nicolaj Lie Kaas (The Absent One), Soren Malling (A Hijacking) and Nicolas Bro (War Horse).

The film follows two outcast brothers (Mikkelsen and Dencik) who meet their long-lost family and discover discover a horrible truth about themselves. It re-teams Mikkelsen with Jensen, who worked together on the director's dark comedy The Green Butchers. In addition to his own films, which include the sleeper hits Adam's Apples and Flickering Lights, Jensen is famed as a screenwriter, and co-wrote the script to the Oscar-winning In A Better World.

Men and Chicken casts Mikkelsen, known as the cold killer in NBC's Hannibal, against type as a bumbling, hair-lipped loser in a rare comic role. 

Men and Chicken has been shortlisted as one of Denmark's candidates for best foreign language film for the 2016 Oscars. Drafthouse is planning a limited theatrical release in North America next year. The deal was negotiated by Natja Noviani Rosner from LevelK, which is handling international sales for the film, and James Emanuel Shapiro of Drafthouse.

Level K has already closed on multiple territories, including for Imagine Film Distribution for Benelux, Vertigo Media for Hungary and Film Europe in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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