Danish drama from the 'Dogme' school of filmmaking, directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The wealthy Helge Klingenfeldt (Henning Moritzen) and his wife Elsa (Birthe Neumann) throw a family party to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Eldest son Christian (Ulrich Thomsen) and daughter Helene (Paprika Steen) arrive, as does reckless younger son Michael (Thomas Bo Larsen) - in disgrace through his failure to attend sister Linda's funeral months earlier. Maids Pia (Trine Dyrholm) and Michelle (Therese Glahn) both hope to rekindle their old affairs with the two brothers, but their efforts prove to be in vain. At dinner, Christian announces that both he and the late Linda were sexually abused by Helge when they were children, but is not believed. However, while staying in Linda's old room Helene discovers a suicide note from her sister which forces her to reconsider.
'Most probably still the best Scandinavian movie out there.'
Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Birthe Neumann, Paprika Steen, Trine Dyrholm, Helle Dolleris, Therese Glahn, Klaus Bondam, Bjarne Henriksen
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Music by: Lars Bo Jensen
Produced by: Brigitte Hald
Written by: Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
Making of FESTEN, FESTEN in Retrospect, The Disclosure of FESTEN
Release Date: 22 September 2008
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 106 minutes
Production Year: 1998
Main Language: Danish