Actor Mads Mikkelsen and film director Thomas Vinterberg were made Knights of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” at a ceremony at the French Embassy in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
François Zimeray, French Ambassador to Denmark, said of Mikkelsen: “An all-round actor, whose face tells it all: the hardships and joys of life; Mads Mikkelsen takes a risk every time he embodies a new character, a fascinating actor like a man on the edge of the abyss.”
Mikkelsen remarked: “My love for France goes way back. Cannes 2012 was a turning point in my career. My return to Cannes as member of the jury next month will be a new chapter in my love story with France”.
In his account of Vinterberg, Zimeray said: “Thomas Vinterberg has fought back standardised film productions. He exposes the dark sides of human nature with audacity”.
“I am proud to receive this fine order,” said Vinterberg. “Not least because it is from a country that has consistently cherished, cultivated and respected its art and culture.”
The “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” is awarded to those who excel as creatives in the arts or literature or through their contribution to the dissemination of art and literature in France and in the rest of the world.