Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Festen is a danois film of genre Drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg released in USA on 20 may 1998 with Ulrich Thomsen

Festen (1998)

Festen
If you like this film, let us know!
Released in USA 20 may 1998
Length 1h45
Directed by
OriginDanemark
Genres Drama
Rating80% 4.048984.048984.048984.048984.04898

Festen ([fɛsd̥ɛ̝n]) is a 1998 Danish film, produced by Nimbus Film and directed by Thomas Vinterberg. It was released under the title The Celebration in the United States.

The film tells the story of a family gathering to celebrate their father's 60th birthday. At the dinner, the eldest son publicly accuses his father of sexually abusing both him and his twin sister (who had recently committed suicide). Vinterberg was inspired to write it with Mogens Rukov, based on a hoax broadcast by a Danish radio station.

It was the first film created under Dogme 95 rules, a movement of young Danish film makers who preferred simple production values and naturalistic performances.

Synopsis

Respected family patriarch and businessman Helge (Henning Moritzen) is celebrating his 60th birthday at the family-run hotel. Gathered together amongst many family and friends are his wife Else (Birthe Neumann), Christian (Ulrich Thomsen), his sullen eldest son, his well-traveled daughter Helene (Paprika Steen), and Michael (Thomas Bo Larsen), his boorish younger son. Christian's twin sister, Linda, recently committed suicide at the hotel.

Actors

Trailer of Festen

Bluray, DVD

Streaming / VOD

Source : Wikidata

Comments


Leave comment :

Suggestions of similar film to Festen

There are 76 films with the same actors, 8 films with the same director, 47326 with the same cinematographic genres, 9886 films with the same themes (including 0 films with the same 7 themes than Festen), to have finally 70 suggestions of similar films.

If you liked Festen, you will probably like those similar films :
The Biggest Heroes, 1h30
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about families
Actors Thomas Bo Larsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Bjarne Henriksen, Paprika Steen, Trine Dyrholm, Hella Joof
Rating69% 3.494123.494123.494123.494123.49412
Peter et Karsten, sont en liberté surveillée pour des braquages de banque. Karsten reçoit la visite d'une ancienne conquête, Lisbeth, qui lui révèle l'existence de sa fille, Louise, déjà âgée de 12 ans. Lorsqu'il apprend que le beau-père de sa fille la maltraite, il décide de se rendre en Suède pour lui venir en aide. Accompagné de son meilleur ami qui est épileptique, ils quittent le Danemark malgré l'interdiction de la justice...
The Hunt
The Hunt (2012)
, 1h55
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Christmas films, Films about sexuality, Films about pedophilia, Auto-justice
Actors Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Susse Wold, Lars Ranthe, Anna Louise Hassing
Rating82% 4.148914.148914.148914.148914.14891
Lucas is a member of a close-knit Danish community and works at a local kindergarten. Divorced, he struggles to maintain a relationship with his teenage son, who lives with his ex-wife, but enjoys wholesome interaction with the children at the kindergarten. His coworker Nadja makes advances towards him and eventually moves in as his girlfriend.
La Communauté, 1h51
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama
Actors Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Lars Ranthe, Fares Fares
Rating64% 3.200273.200273.200273.200273.20027
Dans les années 1970, au Danemark, Erik, professeur d'architecture, et Anna, journaliste à la télévision, s'installent avec leur fille de 14 ans, Freja, dans une villa d'un quartier huppé de Copenhague où ils décident de tenter l'expérience de la communauté. Ils y invitent donc des amis mais aussi des nouvelles connaissances à partager là une vie en collectivité où toutes les règles, toutes les décisions sont prises de manière collégiale et soumises à un vote. Si leur communauté favorise l'amitié, l'amour et l'intimité du groupe, une liaison amoureuse entre Erik et l'une de ses étudiantes va venir perturber la vie de tous...
In a Better World, 1h53
Directed by Susanne Bier, Anders-Thomas Jensen
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes L'adolescence, Films set in Africa, Films about education, Films about children, Films about families, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about school violence
Actors Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bodnia, Wil Johnson, Anette Støvelbæk
Rating75% 3.798913.798913.798913.798913.79891
Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) is a Swedish doctor who commutes between his home in Denmark and his work in a Sudanese refugee camp. In Sudan, he often treats female patients who are the victims of a sadistic warlord. Anton is married to Marianne (Trine Dyrholm), but they are separated, and struggling with the possibility of divorce over an affair that Anton had with another woman. They have two young sons, the older one being 12-year-old Elias (Markus Rygaard).
Love Is All You Need, 1h56
Directed by Susanne Bier
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about cancer, LGBT-related films, Films about marriage, LGBT-related film
Actors Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Bodil Jørgensen, Ciro Petrone
Rating64% 3.246243.246243.246243.246243.24624
Hairdresser Ida, who has recently ended a successful breast cancer treatment, returns home to find her husband Leif cheating on her. At the same time, her daughter is getting married in an Italian villa with a lemon orchard in a few days, and on the way there she runs into Philip, the groom's father. At the wedding, which is eventually called off when the putative bride and groom find that they are not, after all, right for one another, Ida and Philip develop an attraction. On their return to Denmark, Philip decides to reduce his workload and move permanently to Italy. He finds Ida at the hairdressing salon where she works, only to be rebuffed as she has returned to Leif. But Ida then has second thoughts and goes to Italy to be with Philip.
3096
3096 (2013)

Origin German
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Films about children, Films about sexuality, Films about pedophilia
Actors Thure Lindhardt, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Trine Dyrholm, Roeland Wiesnekker, Ellen Schwiers, Erni Mangold, in 2011.
Rating64% 3.2061153.2061153.2061153.2061153.206115
The 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) is kidnapped by Wolfgang Přiklopil (Thure Lindhardt) and spends 8 years in captivity until she manages to escape.
L'Enfant qui voulait être un ours
Directed by Jannik Hastrup
Origin France
Genres Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Le thème de l'enfant sauvage, Mise en scène d'un ours, L'enfance marginalisée, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Benoît Allemane, Otto Brandenburg, Paprika Steen, Ariane Deviègue, Bernard Alane, Patrick Poivey
Rating67% 3.394143.394143.394143.394143.39414
Le film se déroule dans l'Arctique au début du XXI siècle. Un couple d'ours se prépare à la venue au monde de leur ourson en bavardant avec un corbeau maladroit. Par malheur, ils sont pris en chasse par une meute de loups, auxquels ils échappent après une poursuite mouvementée ; mais quelque temps après, l'ourse donne naissance à un ourson mort-né. Au même moment, l'épouse d'un chasseur inuit accouche d'un fils en pleine santé qu'ils nomment « Petit Ours ». Pendant ce temps, l'ourse est inconsolable après la mort de son petit. L'ours tente de la consoler par tous les moyens, puis, désespéré, erre sur la glace et arrive aux abords de la maison du chasseur au moment où celui-ci est absent. Il s'approche de la maison, aperçoit le nouveau-né et profite d'un moment où la mère a le dos tourné pour entrer dans la maison et s'emparer du petit. Malgré les efforts de la femme, il parvient à s'enfuir. Dès son retour, le chasseur se lance à la poursuite de l'ourse mais ne parvient pas à le rattraper.
Killing Me Softly, 1h40
Directed by Chen Kaige
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Thomsen, Yasmin Bannerman, Ian Hart
Rating55% 2.7504352.7504352.7504352.7504352.750435
A voice over describes how the brain begins to shut down at an altitude of 20,000 feet, the human body unable to survive at such heights. A mountaineering group is shown climbing a cliff face in the snow, until an avalanche causes the rigging to break and they fall to their deaths.
Mostly Martha, 1h49
Directed by Sandra Nettelbeck
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Cooking films
Actors Martina Gedeck, Sergio Castellitto, Ulrich Thomsen, Sibylle Canonica
Rating72% 3.6478153.6478153.6478153.6478153.647815
Martha Klein (Martina Gedeck) is a chef at Lido, a gourmet restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. A perfectionist who lives only for her work, Martha has difficulty relating to the world other than through food. Her single-minded obsession with her culinary craft occasionally leads to unpleasant confrontations with customers. Consequently, the restaurant owner, Frida (Sibylle Canonica), requires her to see a therapist (August Zirner) to work out her poor interpersonal skills. Martha's therapy sessions, however, turn into monologues on food, and her approach to stress management usually involves briefly retreating to the restaurant's walk-in refrigerator.
Daisy Diamond, 1h34
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama
Themes Assassinat, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Noomi Rapace, Trine Dyrholm, Sofie Gråbøl, Charlotte Munck, Thure Lindhardt, Benedikte Hansen
Rating60% 3.0022653.0022653.0022653.0022653.002265
Dark and tragic, the story revolves around teenager Anna (Noomi Rapace), a pretty girl from a wealthy family, who's also fiercely ambitious and dreams of one thing only: making it as an actress. One day Anna decides to pack her bags and leave without telling her mother or father. She moves from Sweden to Copenhagen to pursue her dream. However when she gets to the city fate has something else in store for her. Anna discovers she will soon become a mother. Later, after giving birth to baby girl, she tries to chase after her dream once again. Undoubtedly talented, She has one problem – being the single mother of a now 4-month-old baby. Though she struggles to give her daughter a good start in life, she ultimately fails to unite her dream of acting with a safe and loving environment for her child, Torn between her duties as a mother and her passion for acting and the need to earn money, Anna is driven to the limits of her patience - with tragic consequences. What follows is a downward spiral into the world of the casting couch, porn films and escort work.