The Celebration ()

Festen (original title)
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At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

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Faderen - Helge Klingenfeld
Birthe Neumann ...
Moderen - Else Klingenfeld
Helle Dolleris ...
Therese Glahn ...
Klaus Bondam ...
Toastmasteren - Master of Ceremonies
Kokken - Kim
Gbatokai Dakinah ...
Lasse Lunderskov ...
Onklen - Uncle
Receptionisten - Receptionist
Lene Laub Oksen ...
Søsteren - Sister
Linda Laursen ...
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)
Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

Thomas Vinterberg ... (uncredited)

Written by

Thomas Vinterberg ... (screenplay) &
Mogens Rukov ... (screenplay)
Thomas Vinterberg ... (idea)

Produced by

Birgitte Hald ... producer
Morten Kaufmann ... line producer

Music by

Lars Bo Jensen

Cinematography by

Anthony Dod Mantle

Film Editing by

Valdís Óskarsdóttir ... (as Valdis Oskarsdottìr)

Editorial Department

Thomas Caspersen ... synchronization: location
Jan Gundtofte-Bruun ... synchronization: location
Vagn Rose ... assistant editor

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


Thomas Bo Larsen ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

Peter Hjorth ... additional camera operator
Lars Høgsted ... still photographer

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)


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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Plot Summary

The Father turns 60. His family, which is a big one of the kind, gathers to celebrate him on a castle. Everybody likes and respects the father deeply...or do they? The youngest son is trying to live up to the father's expectations. He is running a grill-bar in a dirty part of Copenhagen. The oldest son runs a restaurant in France, while the sister is a anthropologist. The older sister has recently committed suicide and the father asks the oldest son to say a few words about her, because he is afraid he will break into tears if he does it himself. The oldest son agrees without argument. Actually he has already written two speeches. A yellow and a green one. By the table, he asks the father to pick a speech. The father chooses green. The oldest son announces that this is the Speech of Truth. Everybody laughs, except for the father who gets a nervous look on his face. For he knows that the oldest son is about to reveal the secret of why the oldest sister killed herself. Written by Jonas L.

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Also Known As
  • Dogme # 1 - Festen (Denmark)
  • Dogme 1 (Denmark)
  • The Celebration (World-wide, English title)
  • The Celebration: Dogme #1 (Canada, English title)
  • Celebration (Japan, English title)
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  • 105 min
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Budget $1,300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Since this is a Dogme-film, there cannot be any non diegetic (artificial) sounds added, no post-production. The camera also needs to be hand-held. So when Christian falls to the floor in the reception and sees his sister, Christian himself had to hold the camera when falling. To achieve the "dizzy" sound, the original cameraman swung the microphone around in the air. See more »
Goofs In an early scene, a cameraman can be seen reflected in a bedroom mirror (director Thomas Vinterberg noticed this but kept it in). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bag om filmen 'Festen' (1998). See more »
Soundtracks I Skovens dybe stille ro See more »
Quotes [last lines]
[subtitled version]
Michael: Nice one, Dad. Good speech. Well done. But I think you'll have to go now so we can eat our breakfast.
Faderen: Of course, of course.
Faderen: [to his wife] Coming?
Moderen: I'll stay here.
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