Another Round (film)

Another Round (Danish: Druk, "binge drinking")[5] is a 2020 comedy-drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg, from a screenplay by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm. An international co-production between Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden, the film stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, and Lars Ranthe.

Another Round
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Promotional release poster
Directed byThomas Vinterberg
Produced by
Written by
Music byJanus Billeskov Jansen
CinematographySturla Brandth Grøvlen
Edited by
  • Anne Østerud
  • Janus Billeskov Jansen
Distributed by
Release date
  • 12 September 2020 (2020-09-12) (TIFF)[1]
  • 24 September 2020 (2020-09-24) (Denmark)
Running time
117 minutes
  • Denmark[2]
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
Budgetkr33.5 million[3]
(US$3.9 million)
Box office$2.1 million[4]

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September 2020, and was released in Denmark on 24 September 2020 by Nordisk Film. At the 93rd Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best International Feature Film and Best Director. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and four awards at the 74th British Academy Film Awards, winning the Best Film Not in the English Language.


Teachers Martin, Tommy, Peter and Nikolaj are colleagues and friends at a gymnasium in Copenhagen. All four struggle with unmotivated students and feel that their lives have become boring and stale. At a dinner celebrating Nikolaj's 40th birthday, the group begins to discuss psychiatrist Finn Skårderud, who has theorized that having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 makes you more creative and relaxed. While the group dismisses the theory, Martin, who is depressed due to troubles in his marriage, is inspired and starts to drink at work. The rest of the group eventually decides to join him, considering the ordeal an experiment to test Skårderud's theory. They agree to a set of rules: their BAC should never be below 0.05 and that they should not drink after 8:00pm.

Within a short period of time, all four members of the group find both their work and private lives more enjoyable. Martin, in particular, is delighted as he finally manages to reconnect with his wife and children. Agreeing that the experiment should be taken further, the group increases the daily BAC limit to 0.10. Still finding their lives improved, the group decides to attempt binge drinking to observe how their bodies and minds respond. The group has a fun night, but after coming home drunk, both Martin and Nikolaj are confronted by their families. Martin's family express their worries that he is descending into alcoholism, revealing that he has been visibly drunk for weeks. After a heated argument, during which Martin’s wife admits to infidelity, Martin leaves her. The group abandons the experiment.

Months later, all the members of the group have stopped drinking during the day with the exception of Tommy, who has become an alcoholic. A few days after arriving to work drunk, Tommy boards his boat with his dog and sails out on the ocean and dies. The three remaining members of the group go out to dinner after Tommy's funeral and appear reluctant to drink the alcohol which is served. While dining, Martin receives a message from his wife who states that she is willing to give their marriage a new chance while the recently graduated students drive by. Martin, Peter and Nikolaj join them in celebrating and drinking at the harbour. Martin, a former jazz ballet dancer, dances with the rest of the partygoers, which he had refused up to this point in the film despite his colleagues' repeated instigations. His dance becomes increasingly frenetic and the story ends as he jumps in the ocean head first.



The film was based on a play Vinterberg had written while working at Burgtheater, Vienna.[6] Additional inspiration came from Vinterberg's own daughter, Ida, who had told stories of the drinking culture within the Danish youth.[7] Ida had originally pressed Vinterberg to adapt the play into a movie, and was slated to play the daughter of Martin (Mads Mikkelsen). The story was originally "A celebration of alcohol based on the thesis that world history would have been different without alcohol".[6] However, four days into filming, Ida was killed in a car accident. Following the tragedy, the script was reworked to become more life affirming "It should not just be about drinking. It was about being awakened to life", stated Vinterberg. Tobias Lindholm served as director in the week following the accident. The film was dedicated to her, and was partially filmed in her classroom with her classmates.[6]

During production, the four main actors and Vinterberg would meet to drink just enough to let go of the embarrassment in front of each other. They would also watch drunk people on YouTube to better understand how completely inebriated people would act.[8]


Another Round was set to have its world premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, prior to the festival's cancellation due to government restrictions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.[9][10][11] The film instead had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.[12][13] It was screened at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it competed for the Golden Shell[14] and opened Film Fest Gent 2020 in Belgium.[15]

It was released in Denmark on 24 September 2020, by Nordisk Film.[16] In September 2020, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[17] It was also selected as opening film at the 51st International Film Festival of India.[18]


Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Another Round holds an approval rating of 92% based on 176 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's critics consensus states: "Take one part deftly directed tragicomedy, add a dash of Mads Mikkelsen in vintage form, and you've got Another Round – an intoxicating look at midlife crises."[19] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[20]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref
Academy Awards 25 April 2021 Best Director Thomas Vinterberg Pending [21]
Best International Feature Film Another Round Pending
Adelaide Film Festival 25 October 2020 Feature Fiction Award Another Round Nominated [22]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 4 January 2021 Best Non-English-Language Film Another Round Won [23]
British Academy Film Awards 11 April 2021 Best Direction Thomas Vinterberg Nominated [24]
Best Actor in a Leading Role Mads Mikkelsen Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg Nominated
Best Film Not in the English Language Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen Won
BFI London Film Festival 18 October 2020 Best Film Another Round Won [25]
César Awards 12 March 2021 Best Foreign Film Another Round Won [26]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 21 December 2020 Best Foreign Language Film Another Round Won [27]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards 7 March 2021 Best Foreign Language Film Another Round Nominated [28]
European Film Awards 12 December 2020 Best Film Another Round Won [29]
Best Director Thomas Vinterberg Won
Best Screenwriter Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm Won
Best Actor Mads Mikkelsen Won
University Award Nominated
Film Fest Gent 24 October 2020 Canvas Audience Award Another Round Won [30]
Golden Globe Awards 28 February 2021 Best Foreign Language Film Another Round Nominated [31]
Houston Film Critics Society 18 January 2021 Best Film in a Foreign Language Another Round Nominated [32]
IndieWire Critics Poll 14 December 2020 Best International Film Another Round 3rd place [33]
Best Performance Mads Mikkelsen 10th place
London Film Critics' Circle 7 February 2021 Foreign Language Film of the Year Another Round Won [34]
Online Film Critics Society 25 January 2021 Best Film Not In the English Language Another Round Nominated [35]
San Diego Film Critics Society 11 January 2021 Best International Film Another Round Nominated [36][37]
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle 18 January 2021 Best Foreign Language Film Another Round Won [38]
San Sebastián International Film Festival 26 September 2020 Silver Shell for Best Actor Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe Won [39]
Premio Feroz Zinemaldia Another Round Won [40]
SIGNIS Award Thomas Vinterberg Won [41]
Silver Shell for Best Director Thomas Vinterberg Nominated
Golden Shell Thomas Vinterberg Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association 17 January 2021 Best Foreign Film Another Round Won [42]

See alsoEdit


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  5. ^ Symkus, Ed. "A big 'Skol' goes out to the drinking buddies in 'Another Round'". MetroWest Daily News.
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  7. ^ Mørck, Astrid Helmer; Søe, Carl-Emil (23 September 2020). "Thomas Vinterbergs afdøde datter skulle have haft en rolle i hans nye film". (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
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  29. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (12 December 2020). "European Film Awards: 'Another Round' Sweeps; Wins For Best Film, Mads Mikkelsen Best Actor, Thomas Vinterberg Best Director & Screenwriter With Tobias Lindholm". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
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