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Danish cinema pioneer Peter Elfelt, a photographer, was the first Dane to make a film. Between the years of 1896 and 1912, he produced around 200 documentary films on life in Denmark. His first film was Kørsel med grønlandske Hunde (Travel with Greenlandic Dogs). Furthermore, he produced the first Danish feature film: Henrettelsen (The Execution, 1903). The first film show in Denmark took place in the Panorama cinema on the Town Hall square in Copenhagen, in June 1896. However, the selection of films had been made and produced abroad. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... European cinema is the cinema of Europe. ... The Cinema of Albania had its start in the years 1911-1912. ... Cinema of Armenia was born on April 16, 1923, when the Armenian State Committee on Cinema was established by the government decree. ... Austria has had an active cinema industry since the early 20th century. ... The film industry in Azerbaijan dates back to 1898. ... The Cinema of Belgium can often be considered a blending of Dutch Cinema and French Cinema though with its own unique national qualities. ... A full list of films produced in Bosnia-Herzegovina. ... // Directors Slatan Dudow Rangel Valtchanov Nikola Kovachev Sophia Peer Vulo Radev Dimitar Petkov- Opashkata Na Diavola aka Devils Tail Nikola Korabov Ivan Andonov Ludmil Staikov Metodi Andonov Zornitsa-Sophia Vladimir Yanchev Nikolai Volev Actors and actresses See also List of Bulgarian actors Stoyan Bachvarov Rusi Chanev Georgi Cherkelov Stefan... The cinema of Croatia has suffered in recent years, with quality films being few and far between in comparison to other countries. ... // List of Cypriot films Michael Cacoyannis Nicolas Economou DerviÅŸ Zaim World cinema Cyprus International Film Festival Culture of Cyprus Culture of Greece List of Greek actors Film Cinema of Greece List of Cypriot films History of Cyprus Peter Polycarpou DerviÅŸ Zaim Michael Cacoyannis Nicolas Economou Categories: | ... The Czech Republic (both as an independent country and as a part of former Czechoslovakia) was a seedbed for many acclaimed film directors. ... Cinema in Estonia started in 1908 with the production of a newsreel about Swedish King Gustav IV’s visit to Tallinn. ... Norwegian Anneke von der Lippe as the Faroese Barbara in the 1997 Danish motion picture The Faroe Islands do not have a long history of cinema. ... In Finnish cinema, Aki Kaurismäki is a big name. ... Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carne), one of the greatest French films ever made La regle du jeu (Jean Renoir), another candidate for the best French film LAtalante (Jean Vigo) La belle et la bête (Jean Cocteau) Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson) Vivre sa Vie (Jean... The Cinema in Georgia is one of the best known and recognized cinematography of the world. ... Cinema in Germany can be traced back to the very beginnings of the medium at the end of the 19th Century and German cinema has made major technical and artistic contributions to film. ... // In the spring of 1897, the Greeks of Athens had the opportunity and privilege to watch the first cinematic attempts (short movies in journal). The projection of an animated movie resulted in excited reactions and the new-seen spectacle became a usual matter of discussion. ... Hungary has had a notable cinema industry for some time. ... Iceland has had a notable cinema industry for some time. ... The Irish film industry has grown somewhat in recent years thanks partly to the promotion of the sector by Bord Scannán na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board) and the introduction of heavy tax breaks. ... The history of Italian cinema began just a few months after the Lumière brothers had discovered the medium, when Pope Leo XIII was filmed for a few seconds in the act of blessing the camera. ... . ... Cinema of Lithuania came into existence in the late 1980s with the documentary films by director ArÅ«nas Matelis, and was allowed to develop once Lithuania became independent on September 6, 1991. ... The Luxembourg film industry is quite small, but this is unsurprising given that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has a population of only about 400,000 people. ... Montenegro has been the site of many domestic films. ... The Dutch film industry has long been renowned for its documentaries. ... Norway has had a notable cinema industry for some time. ... // Directors Józef Arkusz StanisÅ‚aw Bareja Aleksander Ford Wojciech Has Agnieszka Holland Jerzy Hoffman Jerzy Kawalerowicz Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski -- The Three Colors trilogy, The Decalogue Jan Jakub Kolski Kazimierz Kutz Juliusz Machulski Andrzej Munk Marek Piwowski Roman PolaÅ„ski Ladislas Starevich Wladyslaw Starewicz Andrzej Wajda Krzysztof Zanussi Andrzej Zulawski... Portuguese cinema has a long tradition, reaching back to the birth of the medium in the late 19th century. ... The Cinema of Romania came into being as an affective reality. ... The Russian Empire (1896-1917) The first films seen in Russia were via the Lumiere Brothers, in Moscow and St. ... The first films seen in the Russian Empire were via the Lumière brothers, in Moscow and St. ... Serbia (both as an independent country and as part a part of former Yugoslavia) has been home to many internationally acclaimed films and directors. ... // Vlado Bahna Stanislav Barabáš Paľo Bielik Eduard Grečner DuÅ¡an Hanák Elo Havetta Juraj Herz Martin Hollý Juraj Jakubisko Ján Kadár Otakar Krivánek Viktor Kubal Leopold Lahola Andrej Lettrich Miroslav Luther Juraj Nvota Stanislav Párnický Peter Solan Martin Å ulík Å tefan Semjan Å tefan... . ... Soviet Cinema should not be used as a synonym for Russian Cinema. Although Russian language films predominated, several of the constituent republics of the Soviet Union contributed films reflecting elements of their pre-Soviet culture, language and history, although sometimes censored by the Central Government. ... The art of motion-picture making within the nation of Spain or by Spanish filmmakers abroad is collectively known as Spanish Cinema. ... Swedish cinema is one of the most widely-known national cinemas in the world, and certainly the most prominent of Scandinavia. ... Cinema of Switzerland // List of Swiss films Charles-Georges Duvanel Kurt Früh Jean-Luc Godard Claude Goretta Leopold Lindtberg Franz Schnyder Casimir Sivan Alain Tanner Anne-Marie Blanc Zarli Carigiet Heinrich Gretler Max Haufler Emil Hegetschweiler World cinema Swiss Films Swiss Film Directory Categories: | | ... The first film showing in Turkey was held in the Yildiz Palace, Istanbul in 1896. ... Michael Caine in Get Carter (1971). ... Cinema in Ukraine One of the largest film production studios in Ukraine is the Olexandr Dovzhenko Film Studios, located in Kiev, Ukraine. ... The historical country of Yugoslavia had a notable cinema industry of its own. ... 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The golden age

Despite the small size of its native market and its relatively limited resources, [Denmark] reigned supreme for several years (1909-14) as Europe's most prosperous film center. Its films rivaled those of Hollywood, for popularity on the screens of Paris, London, Berlin and New York.

Efraim Katz, Film Encyclopedia, 1998, Collins, ISBN 006273492-X

In 1906, cinema owner Ole Olsen founded the first Danish film-making company, Nordisk Films Kompagni. It gained most of its income from the export market of short films. Not until 1909 were other film-producing companies established. In 1910 the number had reached ten. This period is now known as the Golden Age of Danish Cinema. In the spring of 1910, Nordisk Films Kompagni changed its policy of producing only short films and began making feature films. This was largely inspired by the Århus Fotorama company's Den hvide Slavehandel (The White Slave Trade, 1910), which was the first multi-reel Danish film lasting more than 30 minutes. 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Ole Olsen (May 5, 1863 – October 5, 1943) was a Danish film producer and the 1906 founder of Nordisk Film. ... Nordisk Film is an Egmont electronic media production and distribution group that employs 1,090 people in six countries. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Reel (disambiguation). ...

With the increasing length of films, there was a growing artistic awareness, which is evident in Afgrunden (The Abyss, 1910). This film launched the career of Asta Nielsen, who soon became Europe's first great female film star. [1] The film was an erotic melodrama, which soon became the preferred genre in early Danish Cinema. In 1911, Nordisk Film was the first of the major European companies to devote itself entirely to full-length feature films, which could be sold abroad profitably, as the technical and photographic quality impressed audiences. Yet, when exporting the films, the erotic element of the films needed to be toned down in order not to offend the working class audiences. In 1913, Nordisk released the first full leangth feature movie, Atlantis. After 1913, Danish cinema began to lose its leading foothold in the film industry, with foreign companies having intensified competition in the production of feature length films. Danish cinema had also begun to suffer from a lack of imagination and a willingness to take creative risks on the part of Danish producers. Independent producer Benjamin Christensen had great success with the spy film Det hemmelighedsfulde X (The Mysterious X or Sealed Orders, 1914) and the crime drama Hævnens Nat (Blind Justice or The Night of Revenge, 1916), both of which are major works in the history of the Danish cinema. Asta Nielsen Asta Sofie Amalie Nielsen (September 11, 1883 - May 24, 1972), also known as Die Asta, was a Danish actress, mostly appearing in German silent films during the 1910s and 1920s. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Eroticism is an aesthetic focused on sexual desire, especially the feelings of anticipation of sexual activity. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

1920s to 1940s

During World War I, the USA became the leading nation in film production and Danish exports decreased. In the years following the war, Dreyer made an appearance as director at Nordisk Film with the drama Præsidenten (The President, 1919), followed by the ambitious Blade af Satans Bog (Leaves from Satan's Book, 1921), inspired by the American director D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916) in both technique and theme. However, Dreyer, as well as Benjamin Christensen, were not permanently connected to the influential Danish film industries and remained loners. As a whole, Danish film in the 1920s was on the decline in spite of the filmmakers' better technical skills. Of most interest at this time were perhaps the so-called Dickens movies directed by the very able A. W. Sandberg. At one point Denmark again enjoyed some international reputation - by the many farces of the vagabond duo “Fyrtaarnet og Bivognen” (often known by their French names “Doublepat and Patachon”), who were Scandinavian predecessors of Laurel and Hardy. They were introduced by “Palladium”, the rival of Nordisk Film. Despite these resurgences, at the end of the decade the Danish film industry was on its heels. “The Great War ” redirects here. ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Carl Theodor Dreyer (February 3, 1889 - March 20, 1968) was a Danish film director. ... David Lewelyn Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 - July 23, 1948) was an American film director (commonly known as D. W. Griffith) probably best known for his film The Birth of a Nation. ... Charles Dickens Charles John Huffam Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870), pen-name “Boz”, was an English novelist of the Victorian era. ... Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and director, famous as part of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, whose career stretched from the silent films of the early 20th Century until post-World War II. // Stan Laurel... Hardy may refer to: Hardy (blacksmithing) Hardiness (plants), the ability to survive adverse growing conditions Hardy (surname) The Hardy Boys, a detective series Hardy Boyz, a wrestling team composed of Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy The Hardy Wine Company, an Australian wine company Edgar Hardcastle Hardy Peninsula Hardy Heron, the...

In 1929, Nordisk Film Kompagni was established as a sound film company. The Pastor of Vejlby (1931) reinforced the Nordisk's dominance in the Danish market. The 1930s were dominated by many successes with light comedies. The Depression and the economic conditions of the film companies prevented more serious film business, and the victory of the sound movie automatically set greater limits on the international possibilities of Danish film. Many popular stars like Marguerite Viby, Ib Schønberg and Peter Malberg had breakthroughs but in spite of many economic successes no further development of the media was seen. Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1902 poster advertising Gaumonts sound films, depicting an optimistically vast auditorium A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image, as opposed to a silent film. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Marguerite Viby ( June 25, 1909 - April 8, 2001) was a Danish actress. ... Ib Christian Albert von Cotta Schønberg (October 23, 1902 – September 24, 1955) was a Danish movie actor, and is considered one of the leading actors of Danish film in the 20th century. ... Peter Malberg (September 21, 1887 - June 23, 1965) was a Danish actor best known for his role as Onkel Anders in the Far Til Fire movies. ...

Between 1940 and 1945, the German occupation of Denmark during World War II provided favourable conditions to start producing more serious art films. Bodil Ipsen with Black Tie (1942) and Melody of Murder (1944) produced a romantic comedy and a psychological thriller of international standard. As a whole, a more sinister tone was expressed in these years, and several parallels to the American film noir (also some years after 1945) can be found. Even the standard of the comedy was lifted, especially by the witty, well-performed and elegant movies directed by the ambitious Johan Jacobsen, a Danish pupil of Ernst Lubitsch. The first years after the war still saw a rising standard, and foremost a more social/realist line was maintained by such directors as the married couple Henning-Jensen and the sharp, critical and almost cynical films by Ole Palsbo. But after some years the pre-war conditions reappeared: sentimental comedies, and uncomplicated regionalist movies. Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Johan Jacobsen (March 14, 1912 – July 7, 1972) was a Danish film director. ... Ernst Lubitsch (January 28, 1892 – November 30, 1947), was a German-born Jewish film director. ...

1950s to 1970s

A large stream of family comedies (so-called "Lystspil") were produced from 1950s to late 1970s/early 1980s. Here a lot of Danish starts were born like Dirch Passer, Ove Sprogøe and director Erik Balling. Films include the Olsen Banden-series (1968-1981), Sommer I Tyrol (1964), Kispus (1956, first Danish film in colour[1]), Støv på hjernen (1961), Passer passer piger (1965) and the classic TV-sitcom Huset På Christianshavn (1970-1977). Dirch Hartvig Passer (May 18, 1926 - September 3, 1980) was a Danish actor. ... Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen (December 21, 1919 - September 14, 2004) was a Danish actor. ... Erik Balling (born November 29, 1924) is the director and, together with Henning Bahs, the creator of the Danish slapstick movie series Olsen Gang. ... Scene from the fourteenth and last Olsen Gang film (1998). ...

In the sixties, Danish cinema became gradually more erotic, with films such as Halløj i himmelsengen (Erik Balling, 1965), Sytten (Annelise Meinecke, 1965), Jeg - en kvinde (Mac Ahlberg, 1965) and Uden en trævl (Annelise Meinecke, 1968), several of which made a huge international impression. As a natural progression, in 1969 Denmark became the first country to completely legalize pornography. In the 1970's, a large percentage of all Danish films were sexually oriented, and many mainstream-features with mainstream-actors included sequences with either softcore- or hardcore-pornography, most notably Mazurka på sengekanten (John Hilbard, 1970) and I Jomfruens tegn (Finn Karlsson, 1973) along with their many respective sequels.

With La' os være (Ernst Johansen & Lasse Nielsen, 1975), producer Steen Herdel launched a wave of successful teenage-dramas, including Måske ku' vi (Morten Arnfred, 1976), Du er ikke alene ("You Are Not Alone") (Ernst Johansen & Lasse Nielsen, 1978), Mig og Charly (Morten Arnfred & Henning Kristiansen, 1978) and Vil du se min smukke navle? (Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, 1978), all produced by Steen Herdel. Du er ikke alene (English: You Are Not Alone) (1978) is a Danish coming-of-age film written by Lasse Nielsen and Bent Petersen, directed by Lasse Nielsen and Ernst Johansen and produced by Steen Herdel. ...

A notable TV-series, Matador, ran from 1978-1982[2], and has remained a national favourite. Matador Antonio Barrera in the capote de paseo (dress cape) before a bullfight during the 2003 Aste Nagusia festival in Bilbao, Spain A torero (roughly bull handler) is the main performer in bullfighting events in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. ...

The 1980s

The Danish film industry got a major boost in the late 1980s when the movie Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast), directed by Gabriel Axel, won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1987, and the movie Pelle Erobreren (Pelle the Conqueror), directed by Bille August won the award the year after. Babettes Feast (Danish: Babettes gæstebud) is an Academy Award winning 1987 Danish movie. ... Gabriel Axel Gabriel Axel (b. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Pelle the Conqueror (Danish: Pelle Erobreren; Swedish: Pelle Erövraren) is a 1987 film that tells the story of two Swedish immigrants to Denmark, a father and son, who try to build a new life for themselves. ... Bille August (born November 9, 1948) is a Danish film and television director. ...

At about the same time, a number of talented directors started graduating from the Danske Filmskole (Danish School of Film).

Produced in 1986 and released at the beginning of 1987 was the delightful Venner for altid ("Friends Forever", literally "Friends for All Time"), directed by the tragically short-lived Stefan Henszelman (1960-1991) from a script written by himself and Alexander Kørschen. It was rapturously received in New York and San Francisco and received the 1988 Audience Award as Best Feature at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The film was shown successfully at the 2005 Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival by its Danish distributor, Nordisk. Henszelman lived to direct one more film, Dagens Donna (1990). Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Produced in 1986 and released at the beginning of 1987 the delightful Venner for altid (Friends Forever, literally Friends for All Time), directed by the tragically short-lived Stefan Henszelman (1960-1991) to a script by himself and Alexander Kørschen, was well received in New York and San Francisco... Venner for altid, Friends Forever in English (literally Friends for All Time) is a Danish film produced in 1986 and released at the beginning of 1987. ... This article is about the state. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Frameline, formerly know as the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is the oldest film festival devoted to Lesbian and Gay programming currently in existence. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Novo Nordisk (NYSE: NVO) manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products and services. ...

The 1990s

Danish film in the 1990s was dominated by Lars von Trier. His films Zentropa, Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, and Dancer in the Dark received great international attention and were nominated for numerous awards. Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier, April 30, 1956) is a Danish film director. ... Zentropa also known as Europa is the title of Lars von Triers third theatrical feature film, released in 1991. ... Breaking the Waves is a 1996 film, set in the Scottish Highlands in the 1970s, which tells the story of Bess McNeill, who marries oil-man Jan, despite the apprehensions of her community and Calvinist church. ... The Idiots (Danish: Idioterne) is a 1998 Danish film directed by Lars von Trier. ... Dancer in the Dark is an award-winning musical film drama released in 2000. ...

The Dogme 95 Collective caught the attention of the international film world with its strict "vows of chastity" or rules for filmmakers that force filmmakers to concentrate on purity of story and the actors' performances rather than special effects and other cinematic devices. Dogme 95 (in English: Dogma 95) is an avant-garde filmmaking movement started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Kristian Levring, and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen. ...

The first Dogme 95 film, The Celebration (Festen), directed by Thomas Vinterberg, received many awards on the international film festival circuit and was named by both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle as the best foreign-language film of the year. This article is about the film. ... Thomas Vinterberg at 40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Thomas Vinterberg (born May 19, 1969) is a Danish film director who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement in filmmaking, which established rules for simplifying movie production. ...

The members of the Dogme 95 Collective were von Trier, Vinterberg, Kristian Levring, and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen. Although the Dogme 95 movement originated in Denmark, filmmakers around the world soon experimented with the rigid guidelines and sought certification for their films as Dogme. Kristian Levring was born in 1957 in Denmark. ... Søren Kragh-Jacobsen (born March 2, 1947 in Copenhagen) is a Danish film director, musician, and song writer. ...

Lars von Trier also made history by having his company Zentropa be the world's first mainstream film company to produce hardcore pornographic films. Three of these films, Constance (1998), Pink Prison (1999) and All About Anna (2005), were made primarily for a female audience, and were extremely successful in Europe, with the two first being directly responsible for the March 2006 legalizing of pornography in Norway. Hardcore pornography is a form of pornography that features explicit sexual acts. ... Constance (1998) is an erotic film for women, directed by Knud Vesterskov and produced by Puzzy Power, a division of Lars von Triers film company Zentropa. ... Pink Prison (1999) is an erotic film for women, directed by Lisbeth Lynghøft and produced by Puzzy Power, a division of Lars von Triers film company Zentropa. ... All About Anna is a Danish film released in 2005, directed by Jessica Nilsson and starring Gry Bay and Mark Stevens. ...

The 21st century

After 2000, Danish cinema continued to garner attention as it produced some of the most innovative and controversial films in the world. Von Trier's Dogville was a radical departure from the naturalistic rules of Dogme 95, and instead the film invented a completely new style that draws from the theatre but yet remains eminently cinematic. Dogville is a 2003 movie written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgård and James Caan, among others. ...

A trilogy directed by Per Fly, The Bench, Inheritance, and Manslaughter received international acclaim. The work of Susanne Bier, particularly Brothers and After the Wedding, introduced the world to Danish actors such as Mads Mikkelsen, Ulrich Thomsen, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas. After the Wedding was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Per Fly Plejdrup (born January 14, 1960) is a Danish film director, generally credited simply as Per Fly. ... Susanne Bier (b. ... Brothers (orig. ... After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet) is a Danish movie released in 2007. ...   is a Danish actor. ... Thomsen as Sasha Davidov in The World Is Not Enough Ulrich Thomsen (December 6, 1963, Fyn, Denmark) is a Danish actor. ... Nikolaj Lie Kaas (born May 22, 1973) is a Danish actor, having his career in the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...

Anders Thomas Jensen first received acclaim as screenwriter of such films as Mifune's Last Song, Open Hearts, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Stealing Rembrandt, and Brothers; he is also becoming known as a director of dark and profound comedies like The Green Butchers and Adam's Apples. Anders Thomas Jensen (born April 6, 1972 in Frederiksværk) is a Danish screenwriter and film director. ... Mifunes Last Song (Danish: Mifunes sidste sang Swedish: Mifune), 1999, is the third film to be made according to the Dogme 95 rules. ... Open Hearts is a Danish movie from 2002. ... Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself is a Scottish-Danish film from 2002. ... Stealing Rembrandt (original title Rembrandt) is a 2003 Danish-language film. ... Susanne Biers gripping drama about a soldier (Ulrich Thomsen) who is in a helicopter crash and is believed to be dead. ... The Green Butchers (Danish: De grønne slagtere) is a 2003 Danish film starring Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Line Kruse, written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. ... Adams Apples (Danish: Adams æbler) is a 2005 Danish movie, directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. ...

Other notable Danish directors of the 21st century include Nikolaj Arcel, Christoffer Boe, Lone Scherfig, Niels Arden Oplev, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ole Christian Madsen, and Annette K. Olesen. Pusher is a Danish Action/Drama movie by the director Nicolas Winding Refn. ...

Danish films nominated for César Award for Best Foreign Film

  • 1997 - Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier) (won)
  • 1999 - The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
  • 2001 - Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)

Danish films nominated for César Award for Best European Union Film

  • 2004 - Dogville (Lars von Trier)

Danish films nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film


  • 1956 - Qivitoq (Erik Balling)
  • 1959 - Paw (Astrid Henning-Jensen)
  • 1961 - Harry and the Butler (Bent Christensen)
  • 1987 - Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel) (won)
  • 1988 - Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August) (won)
  • 1989 - Waltzing Regitze (Kaspar Rostrup)
  • 1996 - All Things Fair (Bo Widerberg) (Swedish/Danish coproduction)
  • 2007 - After the Wedding (Susanne Bier)

Danish films nominated for Best European Film


  • 1988 - Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August)
  • 1996 - Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier) (won)
  • 1998 - The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
  • 1999 - Mifune (Soren Kragh-Jacobsen)
  • 2000 - Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier) (won)
  • 2001 - Italian for Beginners (Lone Scherfig)
  • 2002 - Lilja 4-ever (Lukas Moodysson) (Swedish/Danish/Estonian coproduction)
  • 2003 - Dogville (Lars von Trier)
  • 2004 - A Hole in My Heart (Lukas Moodysson) (Swedish/Danish coproduction)
  • 2005 - Brothers (Susanne Bier)

Danish directors nominated for Best European Director


  • 2003 - Lars von Trier, Dogville (won)
  • 2005 - Susanne Bier, Brothers
  • 2006 - Susanne Bier, After the Wedding

See also

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The cinema of Europe has, compared to the cinema of the United States, the reputation of being more liberal when it comes to the representation of nudity and sexuality but less liberal when it comes to the depiction of violence. ... The Bodil Awards are the main Danish film awards, awarded annually by the association of Copenhagen film critics (Filmmedarbejderforeningen) at a gala show in the Imperial cinema in central Copenhagen. ... Nordisk Film is an Egmont electronic media production and distribution group that employs 1,090 people in six countries. ... Dogme 95 (in English: Dogma 95) is an avant-garde filmmaking movement started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Kristian Levring, and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen. ... Advance Party is the name given to a concept of three films which are all to follow a set of rules proposed by executive producers Lone Scherfig and Anders Thomas Jensen. ...


  • european-films.net - Reviews, trailers, interviews, news and previews of new and upcoming European films (in English)
  • Steele Review
  • Marguerite Engberg: Dansk stumfilm. De store år, vol. 1-2. Copenh. 1977 (summary in English)
  • 70mm.dk - About 70mm cinemas in Denmark (In Danish)
  • biografmuseet.dk - About all Danish cinemas (In Danish)
  • Contemporary Danish Cinema (Link Broken!)

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