Danish award-winning movie directors

Denmark has produced its fair share of award-winning movie directors over the years. Some are briliant and some are controversial and brilliant. This is VisitDenmark's brief guide to the best of the best.

Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier is a Danish movie director and screenwriter. He is equally known for his movies as he is for his often controversial views. Lars von Trier co-wrote the manifesto for the Dogme95 movement with fellow Danish director Thomas Vinterberg. Von Trier's most famous works include: Dancing in the dark (2000) which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and Antichrist (2009) and won Best Actress award at the 2009 Cannes movie Festival.

Thomas Vinterberg

Vinterberg co-founded the Dogme 95 movement with Lars von Trier. His first internationally acknowledged movie was The Celebration (1998). Filmed according to the Dogme 95 rules, the movie won 26 international movie awards, including at the Cannes movie Festival and The European movie Awards. More recently Vinterberg directed The Hunt (2010) starring Danish Mads Mikkelsen, who won Best Actor Award at Cannes for his performance.

Susanne Bier

After directing a long list of movies for the Scandinavian markets, she found international acclaim with After the Wedding (2006) starring Mads Mikkelsen and Sidse Babett Knudsen, followed by In A Better World (2010) and Love Is All You Need (2012). In A Better World won Best Foreign Language Oscar and the European movie Award for Best Director in 2011.

Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn a Danish movie director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career in Denmark with the hard-hitting Danish-language trilogy Pusher (1996-2005). In 2011 Refn directed Drive which won him Best Director Award at the 2011 Cannes movie Festival and a whole host of other awards. His latest movie, Only God Forgives, was shortlisted at the 2013 Cannes movie Festival.

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