Thomas Vinterberg

The Celebration

The Celebration

The Danish Dogme 95 movement that struck world cinema like a thunderbolt began with The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg’s international breakthrough, a lacerating chamber drama that uses the economic and aesthetic freedoms of digital video to achieve annihilating emotional intensity. On a wealthy man’s sixtieth birthday, a sprawling group of family and friends convenes at his country estate for a celebration that soon spirals into bedlam, as bombshell revelations threaten to tear away the veneer of bourgeois respectability and expose the traumas roiling beneath. The dynamic handheld camera work, grainy natural lighting, cacophonous diegetic sound, and raw performance style that would become Dogme hallmarks enhance the shattering visceral impact of this caustic indictment of patriarchal failings, which swings between blackest comedy and bleakest tragedy as it turns the sick soul of a family inside out.

Film Info

  • Denmark
  • 1998
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Danish
  • Spine #1108

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital restoration, approved by director Thomas Vinterberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring Vinterberg
  • New interview with Vinterberg
  • Two early short films by Vinterberg: Last Round (1993) and The Boy Who Walked Backwards (1995)
  • The Purified, a 2002 documentary about Dogme 95, featuring interviews with Vinterberg and filmmakers Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, and Lars von Trier
  • Program in which Vinterberg discusses the real-life inspiration for the film
  • Documentaries featuring members of the cast and crew at the film’s premiere in Copenhagen and reflecting on the production
  • ADM:DOP, a 2003 documentary profile of cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle
  • Deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by Vinterberg
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and author Michael Koresky

    New cover by Century.Studio

Purchase Options

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Special Features

  • 2K digital restoration, approved by director Thomas Vinterberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring Vinterberg
  • New interview with Vinterberg
  • Two early short films by Vinterberg: Last Round (1993) and The Boy Who Walked Backwards (1995)
  • The Purified, a 2002 documentary about Dogme 95, featuring interviews with Vinterberg and filmmakers Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, and Lars von Trier
  • Program in which Vinterberg discusses the real-life inspiration for the film
  • Documentaries featuring members of the cast and crew at the film’s premiere in Copenhagen and reflecting on the production
  • ADM:DOP, a 2003 documentary profile of cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle
  • Deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by Vinterberg
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and author Michael Koresky

    New cover by Century.Studio
The Celebration
Cast
Ulrich Thomsen
Christian
Henning Moritzen
Helge Klingenfeld
Thomas Bo Larsen
Michael
Paprika Steen
Helene
Birthe Neumann
Else Klingenfeld
Trine Dyrholm
Pia
Helle Dolleris
Mette
Therese Glahn
Michelle
Klaus Bondam
Toastmaster
Gbatokai Dakinah
Gbatokai
Lasse Lunderskov
Uncle
Lars Brygmann
Receptionist
Bjarne Henriksen
Kim
Lene Laub Oksen
Sister
Linda Laursen
Birthe
Credits
Director
Thomas Vinterberg
Screenplay by
Mogens Rukov
Thomas Vinterberg
Producer
Birgitte Hald
Line producer
Morten Kaufmann
Director of photography
Anthony Dod Mantle
Film editor
Valdís Oskarsdottìr
Sound designer
Morten Holm