Applause

About the Cast of Applause

PAPRIKA STEEN (Thea)

paprika202Paprika Steen was born in Denmark to musician and conductor Niels Jørgen Steen and actress Avi Sagild. As a teen, she started her career performing on stage in various contemporary stage productions and has been associated with the Royal Danish Theatre since 1997. That same year, she wrote and performed in the satirical television series “Lex og Klatten,” which became a TV and music classic in Denmark. In 1998, Steen became an active participant in the internationally acclaimed Dogme 95 film movement as the only performer to appear in the first three movies: Lars Von Trier’s “The Idiots,” Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Celebration,” and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen’s “Mifune’s Last Song.” Often referred to as the “Dogme Queen,” she most recently appeared in Susanne Bier’s “Open Hearts,” for which she won a Bodil Award and a Robert Award (Oscar equivalent of Denmark) as Best Supporting Actress. Steen won her first Bodil Award as the Best Supporting Actress in 2000 for “The One and Only.” In 2002, she won the Bodil Award, the Robert Award, and American Film Institute’s Grand Jury Prize for her leading role as the controlling loudmouth Nete in “Okay.” Steen made her directorial debut with the award-winning 2004 drama “Aftermath,” and followed with the 2007 comedy, “With Your Permission.” One of Steen’s biggest triumphs on stage was her sensational, critically acclaimed 2008 performance as Martha in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

MICHAEL FALCH (Christian)

michaelMichael Falch is a Danish rock singer/songwriter and a part-time actor. Beginning in 1980, he sang in the famous Danish rock band Malurt, with whom he performed with Bruce Springsteen in 1981. Throughout three decades he has been a major songwriter and performing artist in the rock music business of Denmark with more than 20 album releases, two books and a string of hits with status as classics. He made his debut as an actor in 1983 in Søren Kragh Jacobsens “Isfugle,” which gave Falch a Bodil Award nomination. Three years later, he achieved a Bodil for his lead role in “Mord i Mørket” (“Murder in the Dark”), and he has since occasionally performed in films and TV serials such as the Emmy-winning “Rejseholdet” (“Unit One”).

SARA-MARIE MALTHA (Maiken)

saramarieSara-Marie Maltha graduated from both The School of the Science of Acting in London and Lee Strassberg Institute in London and New York. Maltha stayed in London, where she made her film debut in 1997 in the English comedy drama “Mothertime” (BBC). Subsequently, she worked on several English theatre and independent film productions. Maltha achieved her international breakthrough in 2005 in the drama “Return to Sender,” where she played opposite Aidan Quinn, Kelly Preston, and Connie Nielsen. Maltha lives in Denmark, where she is best known for her roles in “Taxa” in 1999 and most recently as the stalker Anita in “Livvagterne.”

SHANTI RONEY (Tom)

shantyShanti Roney is one of the most prominent and versatile Swedish actors of today. After graduating from The Swedish Academic School Of Drama, he embarked on a rich and diverse career in theatre, film, and television. His theatrical resume includes both classics like “Hedda Gabler,” “Madame Bovary,” and “Hamlet” and newly written material like Lars Norén’s “Personkrets 3:1,” “Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo,” and “Wonder”. He rose to stardom in Daniel Lind Lagerlöf’s “Breaking Out” which earned him high praise among critics and audiences as well as a Guldbagge for the best supporting role. Roney’s impressive filmography includes Lukas Moodyson’s “Together,” Jan Troell’s “As White As In Snow,” Simon Staho’s “Bang Bang Orangutan,” and many other major performances. His latest movie, “The Girl” (directed by Fredrik Edfelt) was in the 2009 Berlin Film Festival’s official competition.

MALOU REYMANN (Påklædersken)

malouMalou Reymann was raised in Amsterdam, Paris, and Copenhagen. She started acting as a child in a theatre group. She had her first role in a children’s series on DR’s “Børne1’eren” when she was just 11 years old. Since then, she has been in different TV shows ("Ørnen," "Klovn") and films (“Liv,” “White Night,” “Young Man Falls,” and “See My Dress”).  She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Barbara in Se min kjole (Hush Little Baby) at the Robert Festival. She also works as a scriptwriter and began studying literature in 2009.

UFFE RØRBÆK (Peter)

uffeUffe Rørbæk is well known from the popular comedy/music trio, De Nattergale. The trio has been on tour throughout Denmark, has released several CDs, DVDs and has appeared in multiple TV shows. Uffe has been in comedy shows like “The Julekalender,” “My Life as Bent,” “Channel Wild Card,” and “The Theatre by the Highway,” among others. He has also written and directed numerous television shows, including “Monkey Business,” which hosted many famous Danish actors like Claus Bue.

Introducing...

OTTO LEONARDO STEEN RIEKS (William)

otto(b. 2000) Son of actress Paprika Steen and producer Mikael Christian Rieks. Appeared at the 2010 Zulu awards.

 

 

 

NOEL KOCH-SØFELDT (Matthias)

noel(b. 2001)

 

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Applause Applause

“One of the best screen performances of the year.”

- Karen Durbin, The New York Times

"Deeply affecting ... unflinchingly real."

- Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary performance by Paprika Steen.”

- Roger Ebert,The Chicago Sun-Times

"[Steen] brings a thrilling emotional nakedness and...unsentimental honesty to the part."

- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“A fearless, tour-de-force performance by star Paprika Steen...extracts the essence of Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence.”

- Alissa Simon, Variety

"Taut and daring"

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 'Pick of the Week'

One of reviewer Neil Curry's four films to watch

- CNN

“Quite notable, particularly for its intense, stripped-down lead performance by Paprika Steen.

- Peter Knegt, indiewire.com

“A terrific performance by Danish film star Paprika Steen.”

- Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

“Though utterly convincing as a renowned theater actress, it's clear from her work in Applause that Paprika Steen has a face for the camera [and] considerable on-screen magnetism...[A] journey [of] melancholy self-realization.”

- Matthew Connolly, Slant magazine

"Paprika Steen is absolutely harrowing and brilliant."

 - Chris Kriofske, Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film