Danish thesp to receive European achievement kudos

The European Film Academy will fete Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen at its annual awards on Dec. 3 in Berlin.

While Mikkelsen shot to fame as the villain Le Chiffre in “Casino Royale,” he has long been a fixture of Danish and European cinema, from Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 drama “The Pusher” to the helmer’s 2009 Viking drama “Valhalla Rising,” and such recent works as “The Three Musketeers,” “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” and “Flame and Citron,” as well as the upcoming “A Royal Affair” and “Michael Kohlhaas.”

The academy is honoring Mikkelsen with the European Achievement in World Cinema award in “recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film.”

Mikkelsen said, “Realizing that people outside my family keep an eye on my work, makes me accept this award with great humbleness and a big smile.”Speaking from the set of Arnaud des Pallieres’ Franco-German co-production “Michael Kohlhaas,” he added, “There is very little to say when you are honored with an award of this calibre other than that I am deeply grateful. The list of former recipients — all giants.”

Based on the 1811 novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas” tells the story of a horse merchant who, after suffering an injustice, raises an army and goes on a ransacking spree in protest.

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