A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech dislodges all the masks, which finally fall completely as the father-son conflict intensifies and the bewildered guests look on.

  1. Thomas Vinterberg

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Mogens Rukov


Top Billed Cast

  1. Ulrich Thomsen

    Ulrich Thomsen

    Christian Klingenfeldt

  2. Henning Moritzen

    Henning Moritzen

    Faderen Helge Klingenfeldt

  3. Thomas Bo Larsen

    Thomas Bo Larsen


  4. Paprika Steen

    Paprika Steen


  5. Birthe Neumann

    Birthe Neumann


Full Cast & Crew

The Celebration
The Celebration


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Original Title Festen

Status Released

Release Information

  • May 20, 1998


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language Danish

Runtime 1h 45m

Budget $1,300,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage http://nimbusfilm.dk/film/festen/?lang=en



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