The Scene Club Film Screening - Jagten (The Hunt)
The Scene Club is a monthly film club that highlights the best of international independent cinema. I went to one of their film nights for the first time last month and was very impressed with the turnout.
This month, there will be a screening of a Danish film that's been receiving very good reviews, Jagten (The Hunt) by Thomas Vinterberg on Wednesday, 11th September in the Knowledge Village Auditorium.
Tickets are complimentary, but you must register in advance and collect your ticket at the venue.
The Hunt is a powerful and disturbing depiction of how quickly a lie can become the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish.
“On a dark winter’s night in 1999, there was a knock on my door. A renowned Danish child-psychologist stood outside in the snow with some documents raving about children and their fantasies. He spoke about concepts such as “repressed memory”, and even more disturbing, about his theory that “thought is a virus”. I didn’t let him in. Didn’t read the documents. Went to bed. Ten years later I needed a psychologist. I called him, and as a belated form of politeness, I read the documents. And was shocked. Spellbound. And I felt that here was a story that needed to be told. A story of a modern-day witch-hunt. THE HUNT is the result of this reading.”
Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas is starting to pull his life back together again. He has a new girlfriend, a new job, and is in the process of re-establishing his relationship with his teenage son Marcus. However one passing remark threatens Lucas's newfound stability. One of the children he looks after at the nursery where he works, a little girl with a vivid imagination, tells a random lie which is impossible to ignore. Her allegation spreads like a virus, quickly acquiring the veneer of truth the more it is told.
As shock turns to mistrust and then malice, it doesn't take long before this small community is in a collective state of hysteria, igniting a witch-hunt that threatens to destroy an innocent man's life.
Date: Wednesday, 11th September 2013
Time: Doors open at 7.00pm for ticket collection and networking. Film screening at 8.00pm. Free entry, but you must register for your ticket online.
Venue: Knowledge Village Auditorium, Dubai (location map)