Cinema of Denmark - Essential Filmmakers

by srinath_r_htanirs | created - 10 Apr 2016 | updated - 10 Apr 2016 | Public

This is a segment in my study of Cinema of the World - Essential Filmmakers. Denmark's major contributions to Cinema in terms of filmmaking have been in the form of Carl Theodor Dreyer, Lars von Trier and the movement referred to as 'Dogme 95'. The list has been designed to serve the purpose of a Guide/Reference to those interested in Cinema of Denmark.

Suggestions for addition of filmmakers, improvement of presentation/decoration of the list are welcome.

1. George Schnéevoigt

Director | Eskimo

George Schnéevoigt was born on December 23, 1893 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Fritz Ernst George Fischer. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Eskimo (1930), Laila (1929) and Kleiner Svend und seine Mutter (1913). He was married to Tilly von Kaulbach and Elisabeth Schnéevoigt. He died on ...

Laila, The Vicar of Vejlby, Rasmines bryllup, Skal vi vædde en million?, Odds 777

2. 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 ...

Ordet, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr, Gertrud, Day of Wrath, The Parson's Widow, Michael, Master of the House

3. Johan Jacobsen

Director | Soldaten og Jenny

Johan Jacobsen was born on March 14, 1912 in Denmark. He was a director and producer, known for Soldaten og Jenny (1947), En fremmed banker på (1959) and Letter from the Dead (1946). He died on July 7, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Soldaten og Jenny, Min kone er uskyldig, Otte akkorder, Mine kære koner, Som du vil ha' mig, Blændværk, The Invisible Army, En fremmed banker på, Ballade i Nyhavn, Vi som går stjernevejen

4. Lau Lauritzen

Director | Det sande ansigt

Lau Lauritzen was born on June 26, 1910 in Vejle, Denmark. He was a director and actor, known for The Face of Truth (1951), Farlig ungdom (1953) and The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman (1948). He was married to Lisbeth Movin. He died on May 12, 1977 in Denmark.

Cafe Paradise, Red Meadows, Afsporet, Det sande ansigt, Farlig ungdom, Søren Søndervold, Taxa K 1640 efterlyses, Støt står den danske sømand

5. Alice O'Fredericks

Director | Week-end

Alice O'Fredericks was born on September 8, 1900 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Alice Otha Frederiksen. She was a director and writer, known for Week-end (1935), Blaavand melder Storm (1938) and Smil og Taare (1923). She was married to Oskar Klintholm. She died on February 18, 1968 ...

6. Bjarne Henning-Jensen

Director | Hvor bjergene sejler

Bjarne Henning-Jensen was born on October 6, 1908 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Where Mountains Float (1955), Ditte, Child of Man (1946) and Those Damned Kids (1947). He was married to Astrid Henning-Jensen. He died on February 21, 1995 in Copenhagen.

and Astrid Henning-Jensen

Ditte Child of Man, Kristinus Bergman, De pokkers unger, Bella min Bella, Barndommens gade, Boy of Two Worlds, Unfaithful, Winterborn

7. 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 Kampen mod uretten (1949). He died on June 11, 1952 in Copenhagen.

Discretion Wanted, Take What You Want, Familien Schmidt, Kampen mod uretten

8. 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), People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart (1967) and Hunger (1966). He was married to Else Heidary and Hjørdis Wirth Jensen. He died on May 30, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hunger, People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart, Dilemma, Oh to Be on the Bandwagon!, Oviri, Memoria de mis putas tristes, Pan, The Cats, Did Somebody Laugh?, I Wonder Who's Kissing You Now

9. Erik Balling

Director | Adam og Eva

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 ...

Martha, In the Middle of the Night, The Olsen Gang in Jutland, The Last Exploits of the Olsen Gang, The Olsen Gang on the Track, The Olsen Gang Sees Red, The Olsen Gang Never Surrenders, Olsen-banden over alle bjerge, Qivitoq, Death Comes at High Noon

10. 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, Hagbard and Signe, Altid ballade, En kvinde er overflødig, Going for Broke, Royal Deceit, Le curé de Tours

11. Bent Christensen

Director | Harry og kammertjeneren

Bent Christensen was born on May 28, 1929 in Gunderup, Denmark. He was a director and actor, known for Harry og kammertjeneren (1961), Naboerne (1966) and Attentat (1980). He died on January 6, 1992 in Keldernæs, Denmark.

Harry og kammertjeneren, Sømænd og svigermødre, Naboerne, Støvsugerbanden, Attentat

12. Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt

Director | Bundfald

Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt was born on July 7, 1931 in Esbjerg, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Sin Alley (1957), Tukuma (1984) and 4 x 4 (1965). He was married to Karen Merete Nielsen. He died on March 14, 2018 in Denmark.

Once Upon a War, Weekend, Sin Alley, Think of a Number, Tukuma

13. Knud Leif Thomsen

Writer | Midt i en jazztid

Has lived in France since 1977

School for Suicide, Tine, Jazz All Around, Venom, The Liar, The Woolen Stocking Peddler

14. Jannik Hastrup

Director | Drengen der ville gøre det umulige

Jannik Hastrup was born on May 4, 1941 in Næstved, Denmark. He is known for his work on The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear (2002), Cirkeline, Coco og det vilde næsehorn (2018) and H.C. Andersen's The Long Shadow (1998).

War of the Birds, Samson and Sally, H.C. Andersen's The Long Shadow, The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear, Dreaming of Paradise, Circleen: City Mouse

15. Gert Fredholm

Director | Den forsvundne fuldmægtig

Gert Fredholm was born on November 18, 1941 in Denmark. He is an assistant director and director, known for Den forsvundne fuldmægtig (1971), One Hand Clapping (2001) and Tag en rask beslutning (1967).

Den forsvundne fuldmægtig, One Hand Clapping, The Judge, Little Virgil and Orla Frogsnapper, Ticket to Romance

16. 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) ...

At kende sandheden, Tree of Knowledge, Kærlighedens smerte, Skønheden og udyret, Sorrow and Joy, Barbara, Lars Ole 5c

17. 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 Land of Plenty (1983), Johnny Larsen (1979) and Me and Charly (1978).

Johnny Larsen, Der er et yndigt land, Heaven and Hell, Me and Charly, Move Me

18. 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 Les Misérables (1998). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie Munksgaard and ...

Pelle the Conqueror, Tro håb og kærlighed, Jerusalem, Les Misérables, Zappa, Night Train to Lisbon, The Best Intentions, Buster's World, The Color of Freedom, Smilla's Sense of Snow, The House of the Spirits, Return to Sender

19. 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 ...

Mifune, The Island on Bird Street, Rubber Tarzan, The Hour of the Lynx, Skyggen af Emma, Guldregn, The Boys from St. Petri, Wanna See My Beautiful Navel?

20. 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 ...

Antichrist, Melancholia, Dancer in the Dark, Europa, Breaking the Waves, Dogville, The Idiots, Manderlay, Medea, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, The Element of Crime, The Boss of It All

21. Åke Sandgren

Director | Miraklet i Valby

Åke Sandgren was born on May 13, 1955 in Umeå, Västerbottens län, Sweden. He is a director and writer, known for Miraklet i Valby (1989), Truly Human (2001) and Den man älskar (2007).

The Slingshot, Truly Human, Beyond, Johannes' hemmelighed, Den man älskar

22. 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, ...

The King Is Alive, Fear Me Not, The Salvation, The Intended

23. 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 Celebration, The Hunt, Submarino, Dear Wendy, It's All About Love, The Commune

24. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...

Open Hearts, In a Better World, Den eneste ene, Things We Lost in the Fire, After the Wedding, Brothers, Like It Never Was Before, Love Is All You Need

25. Steen Rasmussen

Writer | Russian Pizza Blues

Steen Rasmussen was born on August 9, 1949 in Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for Russian Pizza Blues (1992), Skymaster (2006) and Flyvende farmor (2001).

and Michael Wikke

Russian Pizza Blues, Hannibal & Jerry, Motello, Se dagens lys, Skymaster, Flyvende farmor

26. Ole Bornedal

Writer | Nattevagten

Ole Bornedal was born 1959 in Noerresundby, Denmark. From the time he was fourteen he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker. However, not being able to get into The Danish Film School, he had to create his own career and after a few years of University Studies in Film, he started working for The ...

Nightwatch, I Am Dina, Just Another Love Story, Dybt vand, Deliver Us from Evil, The Substitute

27. 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 ...

Kira's Reason: A Love Story, Flame and Citron, Prague, Itsi Bitsi, Angels in Fast Motion

28. 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...

The Bench, The Inheritance, Drabet, The Woman That Dreamed About a Man, Monica Z

29. 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 ...

Flickering Lights, Men & Chicken, Adam's Apples, The Green Butchers

30. Annette K. Olesen

Writer | Forbrydelser

Annette K. Olesen was born on November 20, 1965 in Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In Your Hands (2004), Minor Mishaps (2002) and Little Soldier (2008).

In Your Hands, Minor Mishaps, Little Soldier, The Shooter, 1:1

31. 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 Everything Will be Fine (2010).

Allegro, Reconstruction, Sex, Drugs & Taxation, Offscreen, Beast, Everything Will be Fine

32. 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), King's Game (2004) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009).

A Royal Affair, King's Game, Truth About Men, Island of Lost Souls

33. 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), A Family (2010) and Someone You Love (2014).

A Family, A Soap, Someone You Love, Dancers

34. Martin Zandvliet

Writer | Under sandet

Martin Zandvliet was born on January 7, 1971 in Fredericia, Denmark. He is an editor and writer, known for Land of Mine (2015), A Funny Man (2011) and Applause (2009).

Land of Mine, Applause, A Funny Man

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