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Thomas Vinterberg

Festen (The Celebration)

106' - 1998 - Drama - Dialogue: German, Danish, English
Director: Thomas Vinterberg Composer: Lars Bo Jensen With: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen

"Summertime - and the living is easy"... At a countryside manor an annual feast is being prepared. It is to be an all-out effort to celebrate the revered head of the family. Helge Klingenfelt - owner of the manor and family patriarch - is turning sixty. Everyone has been invited. Friends, family and the ones closest to Helge's heart - his loving wife Else and their three grown-up children: Christian, Michael and Helene. As the guests arrive, Helge summons his eldest son - Christian - to a meeting. In his office, he asks Christian to make a speech in commemoration of Christian's twin sister Linda, who died the year before. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Image gallery

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Thomas Vinterberg


Lars Bo Jensen


Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen


Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov

Director of Photography

Anthony Dod Mantle


Valdís Óskarsdóttir


Birgitte Hald

More information


German, Danish, English

Countries of production

Denmark, Sweden



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