These Danes have directed some truly iconic films!

The Most Famous Danish Directors

You’ve probably heard of Lars von Trier, the controversial director of films like Melancholia and Antichrist. But what about other Danish film directors, like Oscar-winning Susanne Bier? Or Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed Ryan Gosling in Drive? For a small country, Denmark has produced some big directors and many much-loved films. Get to know Denmark’s famous film directors here and fall in love with Denmark on screen!

Danish award-winning films

The Hunt (2012)

Danish award-winning film directors

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.

Copenhagen Jazz festival in Denmark

Copenhagen festivals

Copenhagen is full of festivals throughout the year. Music, film, food, art, comedy - the Danish capital has an event for everyone. Here's a selection of great festivals taking place in Copenhagen this year.

The Bridge

The Bridge (Broen)

The Bridge

The Bridge: An award-winning hit

Sidse Babett Knudsen, Borgen

Nordic TV classics: Borgen


Borgen: Denmark's West Wing!

Image: Tine Harden

The Killing (Forbrydelsen)

The Killing

On the trail of The Killing

The Faroese sweater from Danish TV drama The Killing

Dress like Sarah Lund!

Sarah Lund

Helena Christensen's favourite