At a countryside manor a celebration is being organised for the revered family patriarch Helge’s 60th birthday. Everyone has been invited, and most importantly his wife and three grown-up children: Christian, Michael and Helene. Christian makes a speech nobody will ever forget.
Arguably portraying one of cinema’s most messed-up families ever, Festen is considered the first film made under the rules of the radical Dogme 95 movement. Thomas Vinterberg’s madcap time-bomb of latent secrets and repressed grudges makes any family dinner seem like a piece of cake.
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Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
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