Danish award-winning film directors [1]

Denmark has produced its fair share of award-winning film 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 film director and screenwriter. He is equally known for his films 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) which won Best Actress award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Thomas Vinterberg

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

Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier is a Danish film director. After directing a long list of films 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 Film Award for Best Director in 2011.

Nicolas Winding Refn

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