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The Celebration (1998)

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“Festen”

Drama

The Celebration is black comedy-drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and produced by Nimbus Film. With a budget of US$1.3 million, the film tells the story of a family gathering to celebrate their father’s 60th birthday. It is a dark comedy juggling subjects of death, trauma and family. Vinterberg was inspired to write it with Mogens Rukov, based on a hoax broadcast by a Danish radio station. It was the first Dogme 95 film, an artistic movement created by Danish directors Vinterberg and Lars von Trier. It won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1998.

A dark secret mars a Dane’s (Henning Moritzen) 60th birthday celebration, attended by his family (Ulrich Thomsen, Thomas Bo Larsen) and friends. A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech dislodges all the masks, which finally fall completely as the father-son conflict intensifies and the bewildered guests look on.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Writers: Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov

Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Trine Dyrholm, Gbatokai Dakinah, Paprika Steen, Helle Dolleris

►Cast:

Ulrich ThomsenChristian
Henning MoritzenFaderen – Helge Klingenfeld
Thomas Bo LarsenMichael
Paprika SteenHelene
Birthe NeumannModeren – Else Klingenfeld
Trine DyrholmPia
Helle DollerisMette
Therese GlahnMichelle
Klaus BondamToastmasteren – Master of Ceremonies
Bjarne HenriksenKokken – Kim
Gbatokai DakinahGbatokai
Lasse LunderskovOnklen – Uncle
Lars BrygmannReceptionisten – Receptionist
Lene Laub OksenSøsteren – Sister
Linda LaursenBirthe
John BoasFarfar – Grand-dad
Erna BoasFarmor – Grandma
Bent HenningsenStatister – Extra
Poul KajbækStatister – Extra
Vibeke DalsetStatister – Extra
Janne ThomsenStatister – Extra
Anette JakobsenStatister – Extra
Poul PetersenStatister – Extra
Gulli SejrsenStatister – Extra
Vibeke KaiserStatister – Extra
John JohnsenStatister – Extra
Dan EilertsenStatister – Extra
Søren SøgreniStatister – Extra
Annette JakobsenStatister – Extra
Kate GoldschmidtStatister – Extra
Jens NørringStatister – Extra
Bent KaiserStatister – Extra
Maria MyrgårdStatister – Extra
Peter KragStatister – Extra
Stig Poul HansenStatister – Extra
Kaj RasmussenI Køkkenet – In The Kitchen
Robert StrandgårdI Køkkenet – In The Kitchen
Gry Worre HallbergI Køkkenet – In The Kitchen
RenéI Køkkenet – In The Kitchen
Christine Louise JørgensenBørn – Children
Dorte OlofsenBørn – Children
Kasper OlofsenBørn – Children
Emilian SejersenBørn – Children
Susanne FunckBørn – Children
Rosmarie JørgensenBørn – Children
Lasse JacobsenBørn – Children
Sigrid Aalbæk JensenBørn – Children
Mikkel JacobsenBørn – Children
Birgitte SimonsenChristian’s Friend
Thomas VinterbergTaxi Driver

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