The Legacy star awarded with Berlin’s Best Actress honour for The Commune
At the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, Trine Dyrholm continued her reign of success by taking home the Silver Bear for Best Actress in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune. This is notably the first time a Danish actress has received the award since Danish-French star Anna Karina in 1961. Dyrholm was presented with her esteemed trophy by Oscar-winner, idol and 2016 International Jury President Meryl Streep. “It’s fantastic! It’s a moment, really! I’m so proud and happy. I am a huge fan of hers.” Vinterberg was also nominated for a Golden Bear in competition.
Having been recently recognised with a double win at the Robert Prisen festival earlier this month – Best Supporting Actress in film for Long Story Short and Best Actress in a TV series for The Legacy II – Dyrholm’s astounding achievements in both cinema and television make her one of the most celebrated talents in Denmark.
Not only has Dyrholm won five Bodil awards to date, including Susanne Bier’s In a Better World (2010), she has been garnered with an additional six Robert awards, featuring another double win in 2013 for Best Actress in Bier’s Love is All You Need (2012) and Best Supporting Actress for A Royal Affair (2012), opposite Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander and The Legacy’s Mikkel Boe Følsgaard.
The Commune is a period drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, 1998 and The Hunt, 2012), set in Copenhagen during the 1970s. Dyrholm plays Anna; the wife of Erik (played by Ulrich Thomsen, her love interest in Vinterberg’s Festen) whose inheritance sets in motion a dramatic turning point in their relationship. What begins as a progressive approach to a collective lifestyle – taking up residence in Erik’s vast family home with family, friends and acquaintances together – the idyllic harmony soon strains their seemingly unfaltering bond.
Let us put our hands together and congratulate the illustrious actress on her victory. Tillykke, Trine!