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The Celebration -- At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

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Writers:
Thomas Vinterberg (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
19 June 1998 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Every family has a secret. See more »
Plot:
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 31 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ulrich Thomsen ... Christian

Henning Moritzen ... Faderen - Helge

Thomas Bo Larsen ... Michael

Paprika Steen ... Helene
Birthe Neumann ... Moderen - Else

Trine Dyrholm ... Pia
Helle Dolleris ... Mette
Therese Glahn ... Michelle
Klaus Bondam ... Toastmasteren - Master of Ceremonies
Bjarne Henriksen ... Kokken - Kim
Gbatokai Dakinah ... Gbatokai
Lasse Lunderskov ... Onklen - Uncle

Lars Brygmann ... Receptionisten - Receptionist
Lene Laub Oksen ... Søsteren - Sister
Linda Laursen ... Birthe
John Boas ... Farfar - Grand-dad
Erna Boas ... Farmor - Grandma
Bent Henningsen ... Statister - Extra
Poul Kajbæk ... Statister - Extra
Vibeke Dalset ... Statister - Extra
Janne Thomsen ... Statister - Extra
Anette Jakobsen ... Statister - Extra
Poul Petersen ... Statister - Extra
Gulli Sejrsen ... Statister - Extra
Vibeke Kaiser ... Statister - Extra
John Johnsen ... Statister - Extra
Dan Eilertsen ... Statister - Extra
Søren Søgreni ... Statister - Extra
Annette Jakobsen ... Statister - Extra
Kate Goldschmidt ... Statister - Extra
Jens Nørring ... Statister - Extra
Bent Kaiser ... Statister - Extra
Maria Myrgård ... Statister - Extra
Peter Krag ... Statister - Extra
Stig Poul Hansen ... Statister - Extra
Kaj Rasmussen ... I Køkkenet - In The Kitchen
Robert Strandgård ... I Køkkenet - In The Kitchen
Gry Worre Hallberg ... I Køkkenet - In The Kitchen
René ... I Køkkenet - In The Kitchen
Christine Louise Jørgensen ... Børn - Children
Dorte Olofsen ... Børn - Children
Kasper Olofsen ... Børn - Children
Emilian Sejersen ... Børn - Children
Susanne Funck ... Børn - Children
Rosmarie Jørgensen ... Børn - Children
Lasse Jacobsen ... Børn - Children
Sigrid Aalbæk Jensen ... Børn - Children (as Sigrid Aalbæk)
Mikkel Jacobsen ... Børn - Children
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Birgitte Simonsen ... Christian's Friend (uncredited)

Thomas Vinterberg ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Vinterberg (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Thomas Vinterberg (screenplay) &
Mogens Rukov (screenplay)

Thomas Vinterberg (idea)

Produced by
Birgitte Hald .... producer
Morten Kaufmann .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Lars Bo Jensen 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony Dod Mantle 
 
Film Editing by
Valdís Óskarsdóttir  (as Valdis Oskarsdottìr)
 
Casting by
Rie Hedegaard 
Lene Seested 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eigil Jacobsen .... assistant director (as Eigil Jakobsen)
 
Sound Department
Morten Holm .... sound designer
Bruno Langiano .... foley artist
Ad Stoop .... boom operator
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Kasper Val Bjerregård Larsen .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Hjorth .... technical supervisor
 
Stunts
Thomas Bo Larsen .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Hjorth .... additional camera operator
Lars Høgsted .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Thomas Caspersen .... synchronization: location
Jan Gundtofte-Bruun .... synchronization: location
Vagn Rose .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Lars Bo Jensen .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Mie Andreasen .... production staff
Jens Arentzen .... consultant
Peter Hjorth .... technical supervisor
Signe Leick Jensen .... production staff (as Signe Jensen)
Torben Stig Nielsen .... production staff
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Karina Strand .... production staff
Camilla Thomsen .... production staff
David C.H. Østerbøg .... production staff (as David Østerbøg)
 
Thanks
Jens Arentzen .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
Trine Breum .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
Susanne Bruun de Neergaard .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to, Skjoldenæsholm Hotel og Konferencecenter
Per Fly .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
Karin Trille Høy .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to (as Trille Høy)
Jørgen Kromann .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to (as Jørgen Kromann Larsen)
Ole Christian Madsen .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
Birgitte Simonsen .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
Ingerlise Vinterberg .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
Carsten Walbom .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
Lone Walbom .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to (as Lone)
Maria Walbom .... acknowledgment: we are profoundly, unreservedly grateful to
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Festen" - Denmark (original title)
"The Celebration: Dogme #1" - Canada (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content and language, including references to sexual abuse
Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
On March 28th, 1996 the Danish National Radio (DR) broadcast "Koplevs Krydsfelt" when an anonymous caller, "Allan", told his story about an unusual speech he held at his step-fathers 60th birthday. One of the many listeners to this strange story was director Thomas Vinterberg, who was inspired to make his first Dogme movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The sister takes the sheet from one of the chairs twice as she uncovers the furniture.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[subtitled version]
Christian Klingenfeldt:[on his cellphone] Christian speaking... Hi, I'm here now. I landed this morning. What? Er... Washed? I shaved at the airport if you must know. I shaved at the airport if you must know! I'm fine... right now I'm looking across the fields. At the land of my father. It's beautiful. It makes me want to move back for good, but that'd be problematical. I'll make it. Yes, I suppose it will be... shocking. What?... You're dropping out. O.K. Bye.
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87 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
If you haven't seen this... go right now!, 22 August 2002
Author: headfulofghosts126 from Chicago

A film so involving that a score, proper editing, and lighting are hardly missed. You are experiencing this world first hand... and what a screwed up, wonderful journey it is. I can't even begin to go into the story because it would be a crime. You have to see this for yourself. Don't be disuaded by the subtitles or strange look of the movie. Let it run for fifteen minutes and you'll be hooked. This is a powerful, powerful little movie. Guranteed to stay with you days after you've seen it. Do yourself a huge favor and rent this movie asap. If you're fed up with the cookie cutter Hollywood garbage this will be most refreshing.

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