The Celebration

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Overview

This Danish comedy drama won the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. It opens in rural Denmark as family members assemble for the 60th birthday celebration of patriarch Helge Henning Moritzen. At the family estate are Helge's children: France-based restaurateur Christian Ulrich Thomsen, whose twin sister killed herself; surviving sister Helene Paprika Steen; and younger brother Michael Thomas Bo Larsen, married with three children. At the birthday dinner, the bitter Christian stands to deliver a toast --...
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Overview

This Danish comedy drama won the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. It opens in rural Denmark as family members assemble for the 60th birthday celebration of patriarch Helge Henning Moritzen. At the family estate are Helge's children: France-based restaurateur Christian Ulrich Thomsen, whose twin sister killed herself; surviving sister Helene Paprika Steen; and younger brother Michael Thomas Bo Larsen, married with three children. At the birthday dinner, the bitter Christian stands to deliver a toast -- but instead makes a startling speech accusing Helge of sexual abuse involving both twins. Following principles outlined in 1995 by Danish fimmakers in their Dogme 95 proclamation, this film adheres to their manifesto guidelines of handheld cameras, direct sound, location filming, and the elimination of technical tricks.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Made according to the principles of the Danish Dogme 95 film movement, designed to free filmmaking from glossy clichés, Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration (1998) turns Dogme's technical limits into a stylistic vehicle for a family gathering that takes an unexpected turn. Following Dogme's vows of cinematic purity, Vinterberg shot on location using only hand-held cameras and natural light and sound, creating an intimate atmosphere throughout the long night of the party. With video cameras that are less obtrusive than film cameras might have been, Vinterberg zeroes in on private moments of emotional revelation, as well as the public pronouncements of incest, allowing the sterling cast of actors to play out a complex range of feelings. Veering from black comedy to family tragedy, from sexual farce to restrained drama, the film uses mobile shots and jarring edits to keep the viewer as off-balance as the partygoers. Though the tight screenplay structure harks back to the styles of Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir, and Luis Buñuel, the deceptively low-tech, shock-cut visuals move The Celebration beyond art-cinema homage. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, among other festival and critics' prizes, The Celebration became Dogme 95's first international arthouse success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • UPC: 044004424233
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Polygram Usa Video
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ulrich Thomsen Christian
Henning Moritzen Helge
Thomas Bo Larsen Michael
Paprika Steen Helene
Birthe Neumann Else
Trine Dyrholm Pia
Helle Dolleris Mette
Therese Glahn Michelle
Klaus Bondam Master Of Ceremony
Bjarne Henriksen Chef
Gbatokai Dakinah Gbatokai
Technical Credits
Thomas Vinterberg Director, Screenwriter
Brigitte Hald Producer
Rie Hedegaard Casting
Morten Holm Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Valdís Óskarsdóttir Editor
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