Directed by Mantin Zandvliet
  • Denmark
  • 86 minutes
  • 2009

Underpinned by a terrific performance from Paprika Steen, Applause offers an intelligent and inspiring take on the devastating nature of addiction and the long road back to normality. Steen plays actress Thea Barfoed, making a spectacular return to the stage after a spell in rehab. By charm as much as manipulation, she manages to get access to the two young sons she voluntarily gave up for custody. Thea is both monstrous and yet highly sympathetic in facing her manifold challenges: regaining her sons’ trust; renegotiating her relationship with her ex-husband; and delivering a series of challenging performances – all without the aid of alcohol, her drug of choice.

The filmmakers have cited John Cassavetes and Bob Fosse as influences: there is a similar rawness, sensitivity and honesty in the portrayal of character, and a refreshingly subtle and restrained take on a potentially dramatic story.

Sarah Lutton, London Film Festival Programme

In association with Access Cinema, we are delighted to announce two additional screenings of the award winning Danish feature Applause in venues outside of Dublin after the festival dates. The two additional dates are:

Sunday Feb 28th 8.15pm

Galway Film Society, Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Information/booking Town Hall Theatre phone 091 569777 or

Tuesday March 2nd 8.30pm

Waterford Film For All, Storm Cinemas, Waterford

Information/booking Storm Cinemas phone 051 309110 or

Paprika Steen, Michael Falch, Sara-Marie Maltha