Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998) 4.5/5
I’m the type of person who couldn’t care less about cinematography but this is one film wherein the camera work just really stood out for me. This is the first film I’ve seen from the Dogme 95 movement and I understand it’s also the first film made from that movement. As per Dogme 95 rules, they shot it using a handycam on mini dv tapes(!) and it looks amazing. It’s really impressive what they were able to do creatively with a video camera. I never once thought like oh, this would look so much better on celluloid. In fact, using film would probably’ve diminished the impact of the whole thing. So definite props to Anthony Dod Mantle for a great job here. Photography aside, the whole film is great with an excellent ensemble and a pretty moving (though disturbing) subject matter.