Northen European Directors

by mrc-meneghin | created - 12 Mar 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

1. Tomas Alfredson

Director | Låt den rätte komma in

Tomas Alfredson was born on April 1, 1965 in Lidingö, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is known for his work on Let the Right One In (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Four Shades of Brown (2004). He was previously married to Cissi Elwin.

Let the Right One In Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy

2. Gabriel Axel

Director | Babettes gæstebud

Gabriel Axel was born on April 18, 1918 in Århus, Denmark as Gabriel Axel Mørch. He was a director, 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.

Babette's Feast

3. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

Crisis It Rains on Our Love Music in Darkness Thirst Summer Interlude Waiting Women Summer with Monika Sawdust and Tinsel A Lesson In Love Smiles of a Summer Night The Seventh Seal Wild Strawberries The Magician The Virgin Spring The Devil's Eye Through a Glass Darkly Winter Light The Silence Persona Hour of the Wolf The Passion of Anna Fårö dokument The Touch Cries and Whispers Scenes from a Marriage The Magic Flute Face to Face Autumn Sonata Fårö-dokument 1979 From the Life of the Marionettes Fanny and Alexander Karin's Face After the Rehearsal The Last Gasp In the Presence of a Clown Saraband

4. Jan Troell

Director | Här har du ditt liv

Jan Troell was born on July 23, 1931 in Limhamn, Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Here Is Your Life (1966), Il capitano (1991) and The Emigrants (1971). He is married to Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell.

The Emigrants The New Land Everlasting Moments

5. Roy Andersson

Director | Sånger från andra våningen

Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Roy Arne Lennart Andersson. He is a director and writer, known for Songs from the Second Floor (2000), A Swedish Love Stor (1970) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence About Endlessness

6. Ruben Östlund

Director | Turist

Ruben Östlund was born on April 13, 1974 in Styrsö, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Claes Olle Ruben Östlund. He is a director and writer, known for Force Majeure (2014), The Square (2017) and Involuntary (2008). He was previously married to Andrea Östlund.

Involuntary Incident by a Bank Play Force Majeur The Square

7. 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 ...

Breaking the Waves The Idiots Dancer in the Dark Antichrist Melancholia Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

8. Tobias Lindholm

Writer | Jagten

Tobias Lindholm was born on July 5, 1977 in Næstved, Denmark. He is a writer, known for The Hunt (2012), A Hijacking (2012) and A War (2015).

A Hijacking A War

9. Bille August

Director | The House of the Spirits

Bille August was born on November 9, 1948 in Brede, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for The House of the Spirits (1993), Pelle the Conqueror (1987) and In My Life (1978). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie Munksgaard and Masja Dessau.

The Best Intentions

10. Grímur Hákonarson

Director | Hrútar

Grímur Hákonarson was born in 1977 in Iceland. He is a director and writer, known for Rams (2015), Wrestling (2007) and A Pure Heart (2012).


11. Joris Ivens

Director | La Seine a rencontré Paris

Joris Ivens was born on November 18, 1898 in Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands as George Henri Anton Ivens. He was a director and writer, known for The Seine Meets Paris (1957), Pour le Mistral (1966) and A Tale of the Wind (1988). He was married to Marceline Loridan Ivens, Helen van Dongen and ...

The Bridge Rain Philips-Radio New Earth Komsomol Misère au Borinage The Spanish Earth The 400 Million Power and the Land Une histoire de vent

12. Christoffer Guldbrandsen

Director | Præsidenten

Christoffer Guldbrandsen is a director and writer, known for Præsidenten (2011), Pensionatet (2003) and Made in Denmark (2000).

Stealing Africa

13. Tonje Hessen Schei

Director | Drone

Tonje Hessen Schei is a director and producer, known for Drone (2014), Play Again (2010) and Independent Intervention (2006).


14. Juho Kuosmanen

Director | Hymyilevä mies

Juho Kuosmanen was born in 1979 in Kokkola, Finland. He is a director and writer, known for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (2016), The Painting Sellers (2010) and Citizens (2008).

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Moonshiners

15. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

Total Recall Basic Instinct Starship Troopers Tricked Elle

16. Michael Dudok de Wit

Writer | La tortue rouge

Michael Dudok de Wit was born on July 15, 1953 in Abcoude, Utrecht, Netherlands. He is known for his work on The Red Turtle (2016), The Monk and the Fish (1994) and Father and Daughter (2000).

Tom Sweep Le moine et le poisson Father and Daughter The Aroma of Tea La tortue rouge

18. Elvira Lind

Director | Bobbi Jene

Elvira Lind is a director and producer, known for Bobbi Jene (2017), Songs for Alexis (2014) and Twiz & Tuck (2017). She has been married to Oscar Isaac since March 2017. They have two children.

Bobbi Jene

19. Jonas Mekas

Director | The Brig

Jonas Mekas, born December 24, 1922, Semeniskiai, Birzai, Lithuania, is a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, actor, poet, artist and publicist. More than 60 years of tireless work in film, arts and media has earned him the epithet "The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema". In 1944 ...

Guns of the Trees The Song of Avila The Song of Italy The Song of Assisi Diaries, Notes and Sketches a.k.a. Walden The Song of Moscow Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania Lost, Lost, Lost The Song of Stockholm Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections Happy Birthday to John Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit This Side of Paradise As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

20. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

Faithless Private Confessions

21. Joachim Trier

Director | Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier is a Norwegian writer and director. He is known for Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015) and Thelma (2017).

Trier also directed three short films, Pietà (2000), Still (2001) and Procter (2002).

His father, Jacob Trier, was the sound technician of The ...

Reprise Oslo, 31. August Thelma

22. Pekka Parikka

Director | Pohjanmaa

Pekka Parikka was born on May 2, 1939 in Helsinki, Finland as Pekka Johannes Parikka. He was a director and writer, known for Pohjanmaa (1988), The Winter War (1989) and Rakas peto (1979). He was married to Ulla-Maija Parikka. He died on March 21, 1997 in Helsinki.

The Winter War

23. Daniel Bergman

Director | Söndagsbarn

Daniel Bergman was born on September 7, 1962 in Danderyd, Stockholms län, Sweden as Daniel Sebastian Bergman. He is known for his work on Sunday's Children (1992), Fanny and Alexander (1982) and Expectations (1997).

Sunday's Children

24. 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), ...

An Education

25. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

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 ...

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

26. David Herdies

Producer | Madre

David Herdies founded Momento Film in 2011 with the vision to be a harbor for both established and new talent who wants to challenge the borders of filmmaking. Together with them, he produces author driven drama and documentary primarily for cinema.

In the selection of directors and writers, he has ...

While No One is Watching

While No One is Watching

28. Simon Lereng Wilmont

Director | Olegs krig

Simon Lereng Wilmont is a director and cinematographer, known for The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017), Above the Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008) and Ramonas rejse (2004).

The Distant Barking of Dogs

29. Mai Zetterling

Actress | The Witches

Mai Zetterling was born in Sweden in 1925, and lived briefly in Australia while still a child. She's known as a director and actor and trained on the Stockholm repertory stage, she began appearing in war-era films starting in her teens. Following her debut in Lasse Maja (1941), she made quite an ...

Loving Couples

30. Michael Madsen

Director | Into Eternity: A Film for the Future

Michael Madsen was born in 1971 in Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Into Eternity (2010), The Visit: An Alien Encounter (2015) and The Average of the Average (2011).

Into Eternity: A Film for the Future

31. Sólveig Anspach

Director | Haut les coeurs!

Sólveig Anspach was born on December 8, 1960 in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. She was a director and writer, known for Haut les coeurs! (1999), The Aquatic Effect (2016) and Back Soon (2008). She died on August 7, 2015 in Réauville, Drôme, France.

Back Soon Queen of Montreuil

32. Gints Zilbalodis

Director | Away

Gints Zilbalodis(1994) is a Latvian filmmaker and animator. His fascination for filmmaking began at an early age watching classic films and making shorts and commercials. He has made 7 films in various mediums including hand-drawn animation, 3D animation and live- action and often mixing their ...


33. Baris Azman

Writer | It Hasn't Happened Yet

Baris Azman is a writer and director, known for It Hasn't Happened Yet (2005), Efendi (2003) and Dutch Angle: Chas Gerretsen & Apocalypse Now (2019).

Dutch Angle: Chas Garretsen & Apocalypse Now

34. Amanda Kernell

Writer | Sameblod

Amanda Kernell is a writer and director, known for Sami Blood (2016), Northern Great Mountain (2015) and Sharing All (2009).

Sami Blood

35. Marius Holst

Director | Ti kniver i hjertet

Marius Holst was born on January 15, 1965 in Oslo, Norway. He is a producer and director, known for Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (1994), King of Devil's Island (2010) and Dragonflies (2001).

King of Devil's Island

36. Victor Sjöström

Actor | Smultronstället

Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...

A Man there Was The Outlaw and His Wife

37. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Last Round (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 ...

The Hunt

38. Ulaa Salim

Director | Danmarks sønner

Younger brother of actor Dar Salim.

Sons of Denmark

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