The Celebration


(out of 5)

Original title:  Festen

Brilliant Dogma film about a turbulent family reunion, shot with handheld cameras on video and then transferred to film, fraught with tension with a capital T.  When the son of the family patriarch reveals at the beginning of the reunion weekend that his father sexually abused him and his late twin sister when they were children, the house goes into an uproar of feuding and indignation. steals the show as the younger sister who is devastated by the news, while Thomas Vinterberg’s direction is watertight, the writing brilliant, and all the actors bite into their roles with unapologetic relish. It will take ages for you to shake this one off.

Nimbus Film Productions, Danmarks Radio, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, SVT Drama

Denmark/Sweden, 1998

Directed by

Story by Thomas Vinterberg, Screenplay by Thomas Vinterberg,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1998

European Film Awards 1998.  

Golden Globe Awards 1998

Toronto International Film Festival 1998

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