FRI—March 20—7 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
Series Pass $84 ($49 ASF Members)
101 minutes. In Danish with English subtitles.
The whole family is gathering for Christmas Eve at Katrine and Mads’ house, and it’s ripe for family drama: with Katrine’s divorced parents, her resentful sister Barbara, and her alcoholic brother-in-law all on the guest list, decades of long-simmering resentments and grievances are hovering just below the surface. When Katrine’s long-estranged sister Patricia decides to join the festivities, a boiling point may be imminent. And meanwhile, Katrine’s teenage daughter is struggling to get her attention on another urgent crisis.
As Katrine struggles to keep her well-planned gathering on the rails, the illusion of holiday peace spirals into an evening of drunken fights and inappropriate revelations, proving that it might be a good thing that Christmas only comes once a year.
Director Paprika Steen also stars in this charming dramedy written by leading Danish playwright Jakob Weis, on why one of the most cherished holidays of the year can also be the most disastrous. (Denmark, 2018)
“A zesty script, fun performances and plenty of recognisable ‘bah humbug’ merit a seasonal play for audiences who need to have a laugh before diving into the real thing”—Screen International
“Founded on believable character dynamics, particularly the buttons that only family can push”—Screen Daily
About the Director
Paprika Steen (b. 1964, Denmark) graduated from Odense Theatre’s Drama Academy in 1992. A stage, television and film actress, she made her debut as a feature film director in 2004 with Aftermath. She has acted in films such as Hannibal & Jerry (1997), The Celebration (1998), The Idiots (1998), Open Hearts (2002), Applause (2009), Superclásico (2011) and Silent Heart (2014). Steen received the People’s Choice Award nomination at the European Film Academy, 2002, and in 2003, the Danish Film Academy Robert award for Best Actress (Okay) and Best Supporting Actress (Open Hearts).
Well received by the critics, Steen’s directorial debut Aftermath (2004) was a winner at Karlovy Vary, Kiev and Lübeck. Steen’s second feature film With Your Permission was released in 2007. That Time of Year (2018) is Steen’s third feature.
NEW NORDIC CINEMA: FEMALE-FOCUSED
Kicking off in coordination with International Women’s Day in March, ASF highlights strong new Nordic cinema from female perspectives directed by women in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Britt-Marie Was Here /Britt-Marie var här—FRI—MAR 6
That Time of the Year /Den tid på året—FRI—MAR 20
Gods of Molenbeek /Aatos ja amine—FRI—MARCH 27
Agnes Joy—FRI—APR 17
Phoenix /Føniks—FRI—APR 24
Maria’s Paradise /Marian paratiisi—FRI—MAY 1
The Deposit /Tryggð—FRI—MAY 8
The Reformist — A Female Imam /Reformisten—FRI—MAY 15