Archive of films Applause / Applause

2009, 86 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2009

Danish director Martin Pieter Zandvliet debuts with a suggestive psychological portrait of an actress whose life has been destroyed by alcohol; now, after a stint in rehab, she tries to regain what is (as she states herself at least), most important to her: her two young boys.


Thea’s performance on stage earned her justified applause yet, in her private life, this both charismatic and manipulative woman harvested the bitter fruits of her weakness for alcohol. I drank like a fish, she says simply, explaining why her marriage broke down and why she voluntarily gave up the custody of her two small sons. She has now undergone a period in rehab and is desperately trying to regain a place in the lives of her three men who have, in the meantime, settled into a peaceful, stable relationship with the psychologist Maiken. But will her efforts be enough? Or will the demons of her past get the better of her? Debuting director Martin Pieter Zandvliet skilfully blends the depiction of Thea’s inner struggle with her stage persona when she portrayed Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? There her feelings and fortunes collided dangerously with those of her heroine.

About the director

Martin Pieter Zandvliet

Martin Pieter Zandvliet (b. 1971, Fredericia, Denmark) took a film editing course at the European Film College in 1998 and, as an editor of trailers, teasers, short films and documentaries, he has worked for the television stations DR TV, TV 2 Zulu and for a series of directors. He is a self-taught director and screenwriter. His first film was the documentary Angels of Brooklyn (2002), which was not only screened at various festivals, but also won the Danish Robert national film prize for Best Documentary. Applause (2009) is his feature film debut.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Screenplay: Anders Frithiof August, Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Dir. of Photography: Jesper Tøffner
Music: Sune Martin
Editor: Per Sandholt
Producer: Mikael Chr. Rieks
Production: Koncern Film
Cast: Paprika Steen, Michael Falch, Sara-Marie Maltha, Shanti Roney
Contact: Danish Film Institute, Koncern Film, TrustNordisk


Lizette Gram Mygind

Film Institution Rep.

Martin Pieter Zandvliet

Film Director

Mikael Christian Rieks


Paprika Steen

Actress, Actress

Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks


Anders Frithiof August


Line Sander Egede


Shanti Roney


Sara Marie Maltha


Susan Wendt

Sales Agent

Sune Martin

Music Composer

Per Sandholt

Film Editor

Jesper Toffner

Director of Photography


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