April 9, 2021

6:00 pm



Virtual Q&A with director Thomas Vinterberg, moderated by Rian Johnson, premiering on

Fri. April 9, 2021 | 6:00 PM PT



As a Danish family gathers for the 60th birthday of its patriarch, the celebration collapses in an avalanche of accusations.

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About the Film

1998, Janus Films, 105 min, Denmark/Sweden, Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

The first Dogme 95 film and a Jury Prize winner at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, FESTEN begins innocently enough, at a family-owned hotel where the clan has gathered to celebrate the 60th birthday of patriarch Helge (Henning Moritzen). But at the party, son Christian (Ulrich Thomsen) makes a shocking allegation, and the evening unravels as the guests confront a number of long-simmering secrets. “The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at deploying their emotions, and the long day’s journey into night is fraught with wounds that the farcical elements only help to keep open.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. With English subtitles.

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About Thomas Vinterberg

Thomas Vinterberg is one of Denmark’s most important, award-winning, and internationally celebrated filmmakers. His latest, ANOTHER ROUND, is nominated for two Oscars, including Best Director. Vinterberg’s previous effort was the large-scale, international drama KURSK (2019), about the Russian submarine tragedy in the year 2000. Another recent success of his, THE COMMUNE (2016), was selected for the main competition at the Berlin Film Festival and netted Trine Dyrholm a Silver Bear for Best Actress. In 2012, Thomas Vinterberg won worldwide acclaim for his Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated drama THE HUNT (2013), which also won Mads Mikkelsen the award for Best Actor at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Other notable works include the adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (2015), with Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan; DEAR WENDY (2005); and IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE (2003). Vinterberg got his international breakthrough in 1998 with FESTEN – the world’s first Dogme 95 film – which received several international awards, including the Cannes Jury Prize. Thomas Vinterberg made his feature debut with THE BIGGEST HEROES (1996) after graduating from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993.

About the Q&A

Retrospective virtual conversation with FESTEN director Thomas Vinterberg premiering at 6:00 PM PT on Friday, April 9th.

Moderated by Rian Johnson.


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