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Painting Cinema: The Celebration/Festen

10-30-2015 THROUGH 10-30-2015
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FRI – 10-30-15 – 6:30 PM
$10 ($7 ASF Members)

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark, 1998). Director Thomas Vinterberg trains his lens on the Danish bourgeoisie, capturing a divisive family drama as it unfolds within an old manor house, echoing the elegant dining and drawing rooms of Vilhelm Hammershøi’s turn-of-the century interior paintings.

106 min. | In Danish with English subtitles
Photo by Lars Høgst. Courtesy of the Danish Film Institute.

Thomas Vinterberg (b. 1969) graduated from the Danish Film School in 1993; his graduation film Last Round/Sidste omgang was nominated for a student Oscar. In 1995 he wrote the Dogme 95 manifesto with Lars von Trier, and started a movement that refused the use of expensive and spectacular special effects. The Celebration was the first film of the movement, and received international awards including the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival (1998) and European Discovery of the Year at the European Film Awards (1998).

Vinterberg has directed three English-language films, It´s All About Love (2003), with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn; Dear Wendy (2005), starring Jamie Bell and written by Lars von Trier; and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) with Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michael Sheen. In Denmark, he directed the Danish language comedy When a Man Comes Home/En mand kommer hjem (2007), and Submarino (2010), which won the 2010 Nordic Council Film Prize. The Hunt/Jagten (2012) premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize.

About Painting Cinema

A century after his death, Vilhelm Hammershøi’s singular vision continues to resonate with that of contemporary artists, writers, and filmmakers.

This film series looks at a selection of films that highlight his aesthetic and reimagine some of his central themes.