The Celebration / Festen (1998) [The Criterion Collection]

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The Celebration / Festen (1998) [The Criterion Collection]

The Celebration / Festen (1998) [The Criterion Collection, Spine #1108]
BDRip 720p | MKV | AVC, 960x720, ~ 2.5 Mbps | 1hr 45mn | 2.20 GB
Danish: AC3, 1 ch, 256 kbps \ Danish (commentary): AC3, 1 ch, 192 kbps
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Thomas Vinterberg (uncredited)
Writer: Thomas Vinterberg (screenplay), Mogens Rukov (screenplay)
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen

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.

- Audio commentary from 2005 featuring Vinterberg

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The Celebration / Festen (1998) [The Criterion Collection]

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