Mads Mikkelsen comes to the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will be a guest at the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival this year. On August 14, the Sarajevo Film Festival will screen THE HUNT – in which Mikkelsen plays the lead role – at the Coca-Cola Open Air Cinema. Mikkelsen will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his contribution to the art of cinema before the screening. The Danish actor originally received this recognition during the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival (2020), but was unable to attend in person due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mads Mikkelsen was born in 1965 in Denmark. He was educated at the Aarhus Theater Drama School. The Copenhagen-born actor began his professional career as a gymnast and dancer, and worked steadily in theatre, television and film to become the top male star in Denmark and Scandinavia. Mikkelsen made his film debut in 1996, with a lead performance in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s international hit crime drama PUSHER, the first part of a trilogy. He reprized his role as a low-life pusher/junkie in the highly anticipated sequel, WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS: PUSHER 2. This performance earned him a “Best Actor” Robert statue from the Danish Film Academy and a “Best Actor” Bodil Award from the National Association of Danish Film Critics.

In 2006, Mikkelsen starred as the villain Le Cipher in the 2006 James Bond film CASINO ROYALE. The film was positively received by critics and grossed over $594 million worldwide, claiming the title of highest-grossing James Bond film. Also that year, Mikkelsen played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated film AFTER THE WEDDING, directed by Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier. In 2009, he reunited with Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn for VALHALLA RISING. The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. In 2010, he starred as Draco in the 3D fantasy adventure film CLASH OF THE TITANS. The film was directed by Louis Leterrier and distributed by Warner Brothers. In 2011, Mikkelsen starred as Rochefort in the 3D adaptation of THREE MUSKETEERS, directed by Paul WS Anderson. Mikkelsen also starred in the Oscar-nominated film A ROYAL AFFAIR as Johann Friedrich Struensee, the German doctor who became a confidant of the mentally ill King Christian VII and had an affair with his wife, the Queen. Caroline Matilda. The landmark film, written and directed by Nikolaj Arcel, premiered in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012 and the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Mads Mikkelsen received the best actor award for his role in LA CHASE by Thomas Vinterberg. Mikkelsen plays a kindergarten teacher in a small Danish village who is falsely accused of child abuse. After premiering at Cannes, the film screened at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released by Magnolia Pictures in the spring of 2013.

Mikkelsen also co-starred in THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN as Nigel, a violent crime boss. Directed by Fredrik Bond, the film premiered in January 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival and screened in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.

Mads Mikkelsen is best known for the series HANNIBAL (2013-2015), developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. In the series, Mikkelsen plays the accomplished psychologist and sociopathic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is based on the character from the classic Thomas Harris novels. Mikkelsen’s work received special recognition when he was named a member of the prestigious 2016 Cannes Film Festival Jury. In 2016, he starred in ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and the Marvel film DR. ODD. In 2017, he shot the thriller ARCTIC where he played the main role. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. Mikkelsen starred in the adaptation of the graphic novel POLAR, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, released in 2019 by Netflix.

Most recently, Mads Mikkelsen starred in Thomas Vinterberg’s ANOTHER ROUND, which won an Oscar® for Best International Feature Film 2021.

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