Festen

Thomas Vinterberg (DK, 1998)

Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, DK, 1998)
Foto: Lars Høgsted

A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech dislodges all the masks, which finally fall completely as the father-son conflict intensifies and the bewildered guests look on.

CategoryDK/Feature

Basic information

Danish titleFesten
Other titlesDogme #1
ProducerBirgitte Hald
Director of PhotographyAnthony Dod Mantle
ComposerLars Bo Jensen
Danish theatrical release19.06.1998
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageDanish
Duration106 min.
Production companyNimbus Film
Domestic distribution Scanbox
International saleThe Match Factory GmbH / Balthasarstr. 79-81 / 50670 Köln / Germany / t +49 221 539 709-0 / f +49 221 539 709-10 / info@matchfactory.de / www.the-match-factory.com
Festival informationDanish Film Institute
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Additional information

Technical info2900 meters / 35 mm / 1,37:1 Academy / color / Sound
Length in meters2900 m
Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 11

Full credits

Direction
Eigil JacobsenAssistant director
Rie HedegaardCasting
Script
Production
Birgitte HaldProducer
Morten KaufmannLine producer
Cinematography
Anthony Dod MantleCinematography
Peter HjorthCinematographer: Additional shoot
Editing
Vagn RoseAssistant editor
Sound
Ad StoopBoom operator
Script
Mogens RukovScript
Music
Stills
Appearance
Ulrich ThomsenChristian
Therese GlahnMichelle
Klaus BondamToastmasteren
Lars BrygmannReceptionisten
Lene Laub OksenSøsteren
John BoasFarfar
Erna BoasFarmor
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Crystal Lens Award:
Anthony Dod Mantle
2006 Bangkok International Film Festival 2006
Nominated Best Non-English Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
2000 BAFTA, British Academy Awards 2000
Robert, Best Danish Feature Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1999
Robert, Best Male Leading Role:
Ulrich Thomsen
1999 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1999
Robert, Best Supporting Actress:
Birthe Neumann
1999 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1999
Robert, Best Supporting Actor:
Thomas Bo Larsen
1999 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1999
Robert, Best Screen Play:
Thomas Vinterberg
Mogens Rukov
1999 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1999
Robert, Best Cinematographer:
Anthony Dod Mantle
1999 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1999
Robert, Best Editor:
Valdis Oskarsdóttir
1999 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1999
Bodil, Best Danish Feature Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Danske Filmkritikere bodil 1999
Bodil, Best Male Actor:
Ulrich Thomsen
1999 Danske Filmkritikere bodil 1999
Silver Nugget, Norwegian Cinemaowners' Prize:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1999
Amanda:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1999
Best Foreign Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Los Angeles Independent Spirit Awards 1999
Citroën Audience Award:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Rotterdam, International Film Festival 1999
Best Film Describing Collapse of Family:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Brazil, Society for Protection of Children 1999
Guldbagge, Bedste Udenlandske Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Göteborg International Film Festival 1999
Guldbagge, Bedste Udenlandske Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Stockholm Cinemateket, Svenska Filminstitutet Guldbaggen 1999
Jury award:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Cannes, Festival de 1998
Amanda:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1998
Lübecker Nachrichten Public's Prize:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998
Nominated Best European Actor:
Ulrich Thomsen
1998 Berlin European Film Academy Awards 1998
Fassbinder Award European Discovery:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Berlin European Film Academy Awards 1998
Nominated Best European Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Berlin European Film Academy Awards 1998
Prix de l'Avenir du Cinema Européen:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Strasbourg Forum du Cinema Europeen 1998
Nominated 1998 Paris French Film Academy, César 1998
First Prize, Best Director:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Gijon International Film Festival 1998
Fassbinder Award European Discovery:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 London European Film Academy Awards 1998
Nominated Best European Actor:
Ulrich Thomsen
1998 London European Film Academy Awards 1998
Best Foreign Language Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 1998
Ecclesiastical Film Prize:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998
Baltic Film Prize:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998
Best Foreign Language Film:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 New York Film Critic Awards 1998
Honorable Mention:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 1998
Award of the Society of Estonian Film Journalists:
Thomas Vinterberg
1998 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 1998
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 25-07-2015
Tokyo Northern Lights Festival 07-02-2015
Angers Premiers Plans 16-01-2015
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 27-05-2013
Guadalajara Film Festival 01-03-2013
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 10-07-2012
Les Arcs European Film Festival 11-12-2010
Sevilla Festival de Cine 07-11-2008
Newcastle Northern Lights Film Festival 07-12-2007
San Sebastian International Film Festival 20-09-2007
Belgrade Danish Film Event 18-04-2007
Budapest Danish Film Week 01-06-2006
DK FILM FEST : LA 01-06-2006
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 01-04-2006
London Dogme Film Festival 01-04-2005
Berlin Master Class 01-01-2005
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 23-10-2004
Kolkata Film Festival 10-11-2003
New Delhi Dogme Event 21-10-2003
Avignon Cinéma Utopia "Art et Poesie" Art and Poetry 05-07-2002
Paris Danish Film Week 02-07-2002
Ankara International Film Festival 30-11-2001
Poznan Denmark At The Castle 15-11-2001
Donegal Film Club 01-07-2001
Cape Town Film Festival 28-06-2001
Kerala International Film Festival 30-03-2001
Skopje International Film Festival 16-03-2001
Phoenix Film Festival 16-03-2001
Sofia Music & Film Fest 15-03-2001
Singapore Danish Film Festival 08-01-2001
Beirut EU-Film Festival 10-11-2000
Manila EU-Film Festival 19-10-2000
Bangkok International Film Festival 21-09-2000
Alexandria International Film Festival 13-09-2000
Harare EU-Film Festival 03-09-2000
Tallinn 10 Years Anniversary for the Culture Institute 01-07-2000
Benin Constitution Day Celebration 05-06-2000
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 01-06-2000
Londrina International Film Festival 25-05-2000
Bucarest EU Film Festival 09-05-2000
Algier EU Film Festival 01-05-2000
St. Petersburg EU-Film Festival 01-04-2000
Kerala International Film Festival 31-03-2000
Brussels Dogma - Non Dogma 23-03-2000
Bologna New Danish Cinema 22-03-2000
London Danish Films 15-02-2000
USA University screenings 01-01-2000
Busan International Film Festival 14-10-1999
New York Danish Wave '99 10-09-1999
Riga Baltic Pearl 25-08-1999
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 21-08-1999
Roskilde Universitetscenter 01-08-1999
Haderslev Int. Media Summer Academy 27-07-1999
Sochi International Film Festival 03-06-1999
Stockholm Dogme Festival 07-05-1999
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 17-04-1999
Riga Northern European Film Meeting 07-04-1999
Århusstudenternes Filmklub 04-03-1999
Vilnius Film Spring 01-03-1999
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 07-02-1999
Puerto Rico International Film Festival 27-01-1999
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 10-01-1999
Berlin European Film Academy Awards 04-12-1998
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 02-12-1998
Torun, Camerimage 28-11-1998
Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 24-11-1998
Gijon International Film Festival 15-11-1998
Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata Int. FF 12-11-1998
London Film Festival 05-11-1998
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 05-11-1998
Milan MIFED 01-11-1998
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 16-10-1998
Denver International Film Festival 08-10-1998
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 08-10-1998
Barcelona Film Festival 07-10-1998
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 06-10-1998
Warsaw Nordic Film Week 02-10-1998
Vancouver International Film Festival 25-09-1998
New York Film Festival 25-09-1998
Busan International Film Festival 24-09-1998
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 23-09-1998
Toronto International Film Festival 10-09-1998
Montreal World Film Festival 27-08-1998
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 23-08-1998
Sarajevo Film Festival 21-08-1998
Edinburgh International Film Festival 16-08-1998
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-07-1998
Melbourne Film Festival 23-07-1998
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 03-07-1998
Cannes, Festival de 13-05-1998
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