At the the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round became the fourth Danish entry to win Best International Film at the Oscars, following Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast (1987), Bille August’s Pelle The Conqueror (1988) and Susanne Bier’s In A Better World (2010).
Another Round (Druk) follows four high school teachers (Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang and Lars Ranthe) who test a theory that they would work and live better by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood. Their initial results are positive with classes and results improving, but as they continue the experiment the results become more extreme.
CEO of the Danish Film Institute, Claus Ladegaard, said: “It’s impossible not to be proud of Danish film. This recognition is the product of a skilled and risk-taking film industry that wants to do more than just entertain. While ‘Another Round’ most definitely is entertaining, its nuances and sensibility also move us. It makes us think and, not least, provides an occasion for important conversations.”