My favourite Danish filmmakers

by Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 16 Aug 2016 | updated - 16 Aug 2016 | Public

1. Nils Malmros

Director | At kende sandheden

One of the most important Danish directors of the last three decades and one of Danish cinema's few acknowledged auteurs, Malmros took his inspiration from the french new wave and Truffaut in particular. He started as a self taught director and debuted with En mærkelig kærlighed (1968) ...

2. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

3. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | Gertrud

The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...

4. Gabriel Axel

Director | Babettes gæstebud

Gabriel Axel was born on April 18, 1918 in Århus, Denmark as Gabriel Axel Mørch. He was a director and actor, known for Babette's Feast (1987), Hagbard and Signe (1967) and Christian (1989). He was married to Lucie Axel Moerch. He died on February 9, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

5. Bille August

Director | Pelle erobreren

Bille August was born on November 9, 1948 in Brede, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Pelle the Conqueror (1987), The House of the Spirits (1993) and En sång för Martin (2001). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie ...

6. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Sidste omgang (1993) (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular ...

7. Lone Scherfig

Director | An Education

Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), ...

8. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years...

9. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Susanne Bier was born on April 15, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In a Better World (2010), Efter brylluppet (2006) and Brødre (2004). She is married to Jesper Winge Leisner. She was previously married to Philip Zandén.

10. Nikolaj Arcel

Writer | En kongelig affære

Nikolaj Arcel was born on August 25, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for A Royal Affair (2012), Kongekabale (2004) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009).

11. Ole Christian Madsen

Director | Flammen & Citronen

Ole Christian "OC" Madsen is from the "Golden Year" of the Danish Filmschool, including director's like Thomas Vinterberg and Per Fly. Ole Christian Madsen started out directing television series, but moved on to his first feature Sinans Wedding in 1997, followed by highly acclaimed second feature ...

12. Søren Kragh-Jacobsen

Writer | Mifunes sidste sang

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen was born on 2 March 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark and is one of the country's most respected directors and co-inventor of the "dogme95" project. After becoming a popular musician, he attended film school in Prague and returned to his home country where he made his first feature ...

13. Anders Thomas Jensen

Writer | Adams æbler

Anders Thomas Jensen was born on 6th April 1972 in Frederiksværk on Sjælland in Denmark to Carl Benny Jensen and Kirsten Jensen (born Sørensen). He attended the high school in Frederiksværk from 1988 to 1991. In 1990 while still in high school, he wrote and directed 10 år på bagen - 3 år i skyggen ...

14. Annette K. Olesen

Writer | Forbrydelser

Annette K. Olesen was born on November 20, 1965 in Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for Forbrydelser (2004), Små ulykker (2002) and Lille soldat (2008).

15. Per Fly

Director | Bænken

Per Fly was accepted to the Danish Film School in 1989. He completed his education in 1993 with the graduation film Room 17. In the following years Per Fly directed, among other films, the short films Sofaholdet (1994), Calling Katherine (1994) and The Little Knight (1997). In 1998, he directed the...

16. Christoffer Boe

Writer | Reconstruction

Christoffer Boe was born on May 7, 1974 in Rungsted Kyst, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for Reconstruction (2003), Beast (2011) and Allegro (2005).

17. Bodil Ipsen

Director | Café Paradis

Bodil Ipsen was born on August 30, 1889 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Bodil Louise Jensen Ipsen. She was an actress and director, known for Café Paradis (1950), Red Meadows (1945) and Støt står den danske sømand (1948). She was married to Ejnar Black, Emanuel Gregers, Helmuth...

18. Benjamin Christensen

Director | Hævnens Nat

Benjamin Christensen was born on September 28, 1879 in Viborg, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Blind Justice (1916), Seven Footprints to Satan (1929) and The Devil's Circus (1926). He was married to Karen Winther, Sigrid Stahl and Ellen Arctander. He died on April 2, 1959 in ...

19. Morten Arnfred

Writer | Der er et yndigt land

Morten Arnfred was born on August 2, 1945 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for Der er et yndigt land (1983), Johnny Larsen (1979) and Mig og Charly (1978).

20. Niels Arden Oplev

Director | Män som hatar kvinnor

Niels Arden Oplev was born on March 26, 1961 in Denmark. He is a director and producer, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Drømmen (2006) and To verdener (2008).

21. Erik Balling

Director | Slå først Frede!

Erik Balling was one of the most beloved Danish filmmaker in the 20th century. Balling was a director, a producer and a writer. Erik Balling was mostly famous for creating such TV epics as "Matador" and "Huset På Christianshavn" and the film-series of "Olsen banden". Erik Balling was born the 19th ...

23. Kristian Levring

Director | The Salvation

Danish Film Director Kristian Levring has produced a distinct body of work. With films ranging from thriller, through period drama, Shakespearean re-imagining and a Western, Levring has crafted an expression that is as visually stunning and unique as it is eclectic.

Born in 1957 in Copenhagen, ...

24. Kaspar Rostrup

Director | Dansen med Regitze

Kaspar Rostrup was born on April 27, 1940 in Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Memories of a Marriage (1989), Jeppe på bjerget (1981) and Her i nærheden (2000).

25. August Blom

Director | Verdens Undergang

August Blom was born on December 26, 1869 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a director and actor, known for The End of the World (1916), Kærlighedslængsel (1916) and Kærligheds-Væddemaalet (1917). He died on January 10, 1947 in Copenhagen.

26. Lasse Spang Olsen

Stunts | I Kina spiser de hunde

Lasse Spang Olsen was born on April 23, 1965 in Denmark. He is known for his work on In China They Eat Dogs (1999), Inkasso (2004) and Gamle mænd i nye biler (2002). He was previously married to Josephine Bergsøe.

27. Jørgen Leth

Director | Livet i Danmark

Jørgen Leth was born on June 14, 1937 in Århus, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Livet i Danmark (1972), Haiti. Uden titel (1995) and Jeg er levende - Søren Ulrik Thomsen, digter (1999).

28. Pernille Fischer Christensen

Director | En soap

Pernille Fischer Christensen was born on December 24, 1969 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for A Soap (2006), En familie (2010) and En du elsker (2014).

29. Henning Carlsen

Director | Dilemma

Henning Carlsen was born on June 4, 1927 in Aalborg, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Dilemma (1962), Hunger (1966) and People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart (1967). He was married to Else Heidary and Hjørdis Wirth Jensen. He died on May 30, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

30. Natasha Arthy

Director | Mirakel

Natasha Arthy was born on May 23, 1969 in Gentofte, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for Mirakel (2000), Old, New, Borrowed and Blue (2003) and Fighter (2007).

31. Ole Palsbo

Director | Papir og pap er penge værd

Ole Palsbo was born on August 13, 1909 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Papir og pap er penge værd (1947), Familien Schmidt (1951) and Take What You Want (1947). He died on June 11, 1952 in Copenhagen.

32. Astrid Henning-Jensen

Director | Vinterbørn

Astrid Henning-Jensen was born on December 10, 1914 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Astrid Smahl. She was a director and writer, known for Winterborn (1978), Øjeblikket (1980) and Boy of Two Worlds (1959). She was married to Bjarne Henning-Jensen. She died on January 5, 2002 in Copenhagen.

33. Peter Schrøder

Actor | Springflod

Peter Schrøder was born on June 13, 1946 in Vemb, Denmark. He is an actor and director, known for Springflod (1990), Det forsømte forår (1993) and Kun en pige (1995). He has been married to Susanne Heinrich since 1989.