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FESTEN
THE CELEBRATION
1998, Janus Films, 105 min, Denmark/Sweden, Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

The first Dogme 95 film and a Jury Prize winner at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, FESTEN begins innocently enough, at a family-owned hotel where the clan has gathered to celebrate the 60th birthday of patriarch Helge (Henning Moritzen). But at the party, son Christian (Ulrich Thomsen) makes a shocking allegation, and the evening unravels as the guests confront a number of long-simmering secrets. "The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at deploying their emotions, and the long day's journey into night is fraught with wounds that the farcical elements only help to keep open." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


ANOTHER ROUND
DRUK
2021, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 117 min, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands, Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first they each experience a new-found zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course.

Underscored by delicate and affecting camerawork, director Thomas Vinterberg's spry script, co-written with regular collaborator Tobias Lindholm, uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, the ever-surprising Mads Mikkelsen delivers a fierce and touching performance.


THE HUNT
JAGTEN
2012, Magnolia Pictures, 115 min, Denmark, Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a beloved teacher and member of his community – until he is falsely accused of molesting a child. As word of his alleged misdeed spreads, so does local hysteria, until it reaches a fever pitch in this chilling look at the dark side of small town life. Mikkelsen gives the performance of his life, and director Thomas Vinterberg expertly balances empathy and brutal indictment in his look at what fear and ignorance will do to a community. In Danish, English and Polish with English subtitles.


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