Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 1998

106 min.DK/Feature

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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Festen
Danish title Festen
Other titles Dogme #1
Director Thomas Vinterberg
Screenplay Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
Producer Birgitte Hald
Director of Photography Anthony Dod Mantle
Editor Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Sound Morten Holm
Composer Lars Bo Jensen
Casting Rie Hedegaard
Appearances Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen
Production country Denmark
Production company Nimbus Film
Domestic distribution Scanbox
International sales The Match Factory GmbH / Balthasarstr. 79-81 / 50670 Köln / t +49 221 539 709-0 / f +49 221 539 709-10 / info@matchfactory.de / www.the-match-factory.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info 2900 meter, 35 mm, 1,37:1 Academy, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 19.06.1998
Cinemas Dagmar, Palads, Lyngby Teatret, Grand, BioCity (Tåstrup) samt 10 biografer i provinsen
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11


Production company Nimbus Film
Domestic distribution Scanbox


Direction Thomas Vinterberg
Assistant director Eigil Jacobsen
Casting Rie Hedegaard


Script Thomas Vinterberg
Script Mogens Rukov


Producer Birgitte Hald
Line producer Morten Kaufmann


Cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Peter Hjorth


Stills Lars Høgsted


Editing Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Assistant editor Vagn Rose


Music Lars Bo Jensen


Sound Morten Holm
Boom operator Ad Stoop


Christian Ulrich Thomsen
Faderen Henning Moritzen
Michael Thomas Bo Larsen
Helene Paprika Steen
Moderen Birthe Neumann
Pia Trine Dyrholm
Mette Helle Dolleris
Michelle Therese Glahn
Toastmasteren Klaus Bondam
Kokken Bjarne Henriksen
Gbatokai Gbatokai Dakinah
Onklen Lasse Lunderskov
Receptionisten Lars Brygmann
Søsteren Lene Laub Oksen
Birthe Linda Laursen
Farfar John Boas
Farmor Erna Boas

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Silver Nugget, Norwegian Cinemaowners' Prize 1999 Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1999
Amanda 1999 Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1999
Citroën Audience Award 1999 Rotterdam, International Film Festival 1999
Guldbagge, Bedste Udenlandske Film 1999 Göteborg International Film Festival 1999
Award of the Society of Estonian Film Journalists 1998 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 1998
Lübecker Nachrichten Public's Prize 1998 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998
Ecclesiastical Film Prize 1998 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998
Baltic Film Prize 1998 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998
Honorable Mention 1998 Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 1998
Amanda 1998 Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1998
Jury award 1998 Cannes, Festival de 1998

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2015-07-25
Angers Premiers Plans 2015-01-16
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 2013-05-27
Guadalajara Film Festival 2013-03-01
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2010-12-11
Sevilla Festival de Cine 2008-11-07
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2007-09-20
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2006-04-01
Busan International Film Festival 1999-10-14
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1999-08-21
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 1999-04-17
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 1999-02-07
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 1999-01-10
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 1998-12-02
Torun, Camerimage 1998-11-28
Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata Int. FF 1998-11-12
London Film Festival 1998-11-05
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 1998-11-05
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 1998-10-16
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 1998-10-08
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 1998-10-06
New York Film Festival 1998-09-25
Busan International Film Festival 1998-09-24
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 1998-09-23
Toronto International Film Festival 1998-09-10
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 1998-08-23
Sarajevo Film Festival 1998-08-21
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1998-08-16
Melbourne Film Festival 1998-07-23
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 1998-07-23
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1998-07-03
Cannes, Festival de 1998-05-13
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