Festen (The Celebration) (1998)

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Released 14-Jan-2008
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This landmark saga of familial disintegration was the first film to adhere to the DOGME95 Manifesto, and remains the most accessible work in the genre, winning a swag of international awards including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Filmed in real time, director Thomas Vinterberg's chilling examination of a family celebration has all the hallmarks of the Dogme movement handheld cameras, unforced dramatics and powerful realism. We are introduced to the affluent Klingenfeldt family on the eve of the patriarch's 60th birthday; but with the strange death of his daughter destabilising the precarious family equilibrium, the celebration is thrown into turmoil following a shocking revelation. Featuring brilliant performances from a top-notch Danish cast, Festen cracks an upper class facade of wealth, power and propriety by revealing the hidden pasts and broken lives simmering within.

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Starring
Ulrich Thomsen
Henning Moritzen
Thomas Bo Larsen
Paprika Steen
Birthe Neumann
Trine Dyrholm
Helle Dolleris
Therese Glahn
Klaus Bondam
Bjarne Henriksen
Gbatokai Dakinah
Lasse Lunderskov
Lars Brygmann
Directed by
Thomas Vinterberg
Music
Lars Bo Jensen
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
(94:37)
Drama 1998 100:50 (Case: 102) 576i (PAL) 4
Video
Full Frame
Audio
Danish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (384Kb/s)
Subtitles
English
Extras
Featurette-Making Of-The Making of the Celebration , Interviews-Crew-The Disclosure of the Celebration, Featurette-The Celebration in Retrospect, Deleted Scenes-45 minutes of cut scenes with optional director's commentary, Theatrical Trailer-Theatrical trailer including footage from Cannes , Trailer-Umbrella trailer for Ossessione, Trailer-Umbrella trailer for A Short Film About Love, Trailer-Umbrella trailer for A Short Film About Killing, Trailer-Umbrella trailer for Insomnia (The Original Version)
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