Director : Thomas Vinterberg
With : Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo, Paprika Steen
According to the Danish filmmaking manifesto penned by Lars von Trier a few years ago, a film should have 1) no genre stories or superficial action. 2) no special lighting or extra sound 3) no dressing up the location with props 4) no optical tricks 5) no camera work that isn’t hand-held 6) no black-and-white or Flashbacks and 7) no actual credit or personal imprint for the director. “The Celebration” manages to follow these rules perfectly, a fact that might seem like a recipe for “boredom” for some people, however, like von Trier’s masterpiece “Breaking the Waves,” these rules actually force a director to be more creative and spontaneous than a more “produced” effort.