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The Celebration (Festen)

Rating:R (for strong sexual content and language, including references to sexual abuse)
Release Date:October 9, 1998
Running time:100 minutes
Cast:Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Trine Dyrholm, Birthe Neumann, Paprika Steen
Director:Thomas Vinterberg
Producer:Birgitte Hald
Writer:Mogens Rukov
Distributor:October Films

Description: 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.

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