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Overview (2)

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
Birth NameLone Wrede Scherfig

Mini Bio (1)

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), received the Grand Prix in Montreal and the Cinekid Prize in Amsterdam. Scherfig then wrote and directed ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS (2000; the Danish 'Dogma' #5), which was a huge audience hit and won her the Silver Bear and the international film critics' award FIPRESCI at the 2001 Berlinale, plus numerous other awards around the world.

Scherfig's first English-language feature, WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF (2002), toured the festival circuit and brought home awards from e.g. France, the US and Japan. Her next production, AN EDUCATION (2009), won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for three Oscars and eight BAFTAs. Scherfig has since directed another three English-language films, i.e. ONE DAY (2011), THE RIOT CLUB (2014) and THEIR FINEST, which premiered at TIFF last year (2016) and recently screened at London Film Festival and Sundance.

In between features Scherfig has directed a range of TV-series, including TAXA (1997), QUIET WATERS (1999), BETTER TIMES (2004) and, most recently, THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (2015; conceptualised by Scherfig).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lone Scherfig

Trivia (3)

She is married to a psychologist.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Carey Mulligan in An Education (2009).
In May 2010 it was revealed that Zentropa Productions officially acknowledged plot similarities of Italiensk for begyndere (2000) to Maeve Binchy's novel "Evening Class". Writer-director Lone Scherfig 'borrowed' part of her plot from the Irish novel without giving any credit to the original author. Binchy was not credited in the original release of the film as Zentropa had determined they were not in breach of copyright, but after Binchy's representatives approached them they paid a non-disclosed compensation and added a credit for her in later releases.

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