In 2020, Thomas Vinterberg's film Another Round triumphed in Danish cinemas. It all culminated in 3 Oscar nominations and after the 2021 Oscar show, Thomas Vinterberg went home with an Oscar statue for Best International Film.
This week, we have one of Thomas Vinterberg's previous films as a Thursday film, namely FESTEN. Many consider the award-winning film FESTEN as one of the best Danish films in recent times, and it was a huge audience success. The film's special dogma style thrilled both critics and cinema-goers and struck a blow for dogma film as a genre. The film was thus the first of the major Danish dogma films to come in the wake of a so-called manifesto: Dogme 95. This was published by the four Danish film directors: Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jakobsen. Behind it was an idea and a desire to do away with the many superficial and ordinary films that were produced on the assembly line in Hollywood.
The manifesto sets out 10 rules for film production that a film must live up to in order to call itself a dogma film:
1. The recordings must take place in a real location and props must not be added if they are not originally there.
2. Sound and music are not added - they must be present naturally at the recording location.
3. The camera must be handheld.
4. The film must be in color and must only take place in natural light.
5. Optical work and filters must not be used.
6. The film must not contain superficial action.
7. Temporal and geographical alienation is forbidden - the film must take place here and now.
8. Genre movies are not accepted.
9. The film format must be Academy 35mm.
10. The instructor must not be credited.
Now that you have the 10 dogma rules at hand, go straight in and watch (or rewatch) FESTEN on Kino Club today.