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The Celebration
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
106 Min  | Subtitles in Hebrew, English

"Festen” (In Celebration - 1998) is the first feature film released by the Dogme 95 movement, started in 1995 by two Danish filmmakers, Lars von Trier and אhe film’s director, Thomas Vinterberg. The manifest they published, with the accompanying “Vows of Chastity”’,established that the main attributes in a film should be the story, the acting and the theme, and all the technical sophistication of modern filmmaking, such as cranes, lights and special effects, are to be banned, for they serve the interest of the industry instead of the filmmaker. How close was “Festen” to every single rule of the manifest may be debatable, but the film’s resounding success, when It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival,is due mainly to the remarkable performance of all the actors and the mighty impact of the script, a powerful drama about a family gathered together to celebrate the birthday of their patriarch, and the ugly truths and dirty secrets that have been silenced until then, erupting all over the glossyassembly.

Director :
Thomas Vinterberg
Production:
Birgitte Hald
Cinematography:
Anthony Dod Mantle
Editing:
Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Music:
Lars Bo Jensen
Actors:
Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen
Courtesy by:
The Match Factory