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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


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