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Film Screening | The Celebration

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It's summertime in Denmark, and at the Great House a celebration is about to begin: Helge Klingenfeldt, patriarch and lord of the manor, is turning sixty. Invitations have been issued, the seating plan drawn up, and now the guests' cars are pulling into the drive up to the entrance: friends, relatives, and of course, the patriarch's next of kin: Elsa, his wonderful wife, and their three grown-up children, Christian, Michael, and Helene. The head of the family is to be fêted in a way nobody will ever forget.

The Celebration is best known for being the first Dogme 95 film. Dogme films are governed by a manifesto that insists on specific production and narrative limitations (such as banning any post-production sound editing), in part as a protest against the expensive Hollywood-style film-making. The film was shot on a Sony DCR-PC3 Handycam on standard Mini-DV cassettes.

Amongst many other award the film received the Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1998

R-rated (for strong sexual content and language, including references to sexual abuse)


Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg

Country: Denmark

Language: Danish (English Subtitles)

Release Date: 1998

Run Time: 106 minutes


This film series is being crafted as we go along. Each screening is imagined to be an island and conversations around the films are how we navigate from one island to the next. After the film, discussions migrate to the kitchen for food and drinks as we share our experiences of the film.

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