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Scandinavia's ﴾Nordic﴿ Directors ﴾Iceland's too﴿ ࿐ See also Scandinavian actors

1. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

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 ...

Gertrud 1964, Vredens Dag (Days of Wrath) 1943 (1889-1968) DK

2. Aki Kaurismäki

Producer | Le Havre

Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...

Man without Past 2002 (Aki Kaurismaki: Europe, betrayed my dreams) - Orimattila FI

3. 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 ...

Melancolia 2011, Dogville 2003 - Cannes 2003 Interview, Dancer in the Dark 2000, Idiots 1998, Breaking the Waves 1996 - Copenhagen DK

4. 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 Hunt 2012, Dear Wendy 2004, The Celebration (Festen) 1998 - Copenhagen DK

5. Tobias Lindholm

Writer | Jagten

Tobias Lindholm was born on July 5, 1977 in Næstved, Denmark. He is a writer, known for The Hunt (2012), A Hijacking (2012) and A War (2015).

A Hijacking 2012 - DK

6. 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...

Arven (The Inheritance) DK

7. 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 ...

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) 2008 DK

8. 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 ...

Kispus 1956 DK (1924-2005)

9. 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 1987, The red cape 1967 - (1918-2014) DK

10. 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 ...

Love is all you need 2013 Copenhagen DK

11. 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.

12. Joachim Trier

Director | Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier is a Norwegian writer and director. He is known for Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015) and Thelma (2017).

Trier also directed three short films, Pietà (2000), Still (2001) and Procter (2002).

His father, Jacob Trier, was the sound technician of The ...


13. André Øvredal

Director | Trolljegeren

André Øvredal is a director and writer, known for Trollhunter (2010), The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) and Tunnelen (2016).


14. Aksel Hennie

Actor | Max Manus

Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, writer and director. He has acted in a number of successful Norwegian movies, and has received several awards. Hennie grew up in Lambertseter in Oslo. In his late teens he was sentenced for tagging, and became an outcast in the community for confessing to the ...


15. Axel Petersén

Director | Avalon

Axel Petersén was born on October 31, 1979 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and writer, known for Avalon (2011), The Real Estate (2018) and Under the Pyramid (2016).

16. Erik Løchen

Director | Jakten

Norwegian jazz musician and experimental, director, writer and editor, born May 22nd 1924, has made himself a substantial place in Norwegian film history. He came to film from Theater, and was war prisoner during WW2. Mostly known for short films, and was from 1981 to his death in 1983 artistic ...

17. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Persona

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

Wild Strawberries 1957, The Seventh Seal 1958, The Passion of Anna, (External Analysis) 1969, Cries & Whispers 1972, The Serpent's Egg 1977, Fanny & Alexander 1982, Saraband 2003 (TV Movie) ◌ Uppsala (1918-2005) SE

18. Roy Andersson

Director | Sånger från andra våningen

Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Roy Arne Lennart Andersson. He is a director and writer, known for Songs from the Second Floor (2000), A Swedish Love Story (1970) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).

Songs from the 2nd floor 2000 - This Andersson's movie, regards modern capitalist society with the detached hilarity of a fanatic saint squatting on his pillar in the desert R. E. SE

19. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and My Life as a Dog (1985). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. He was...

The Ypnotist 2014, Chocolat 2000, What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 ◌ Stockholm SE

20. Malik Bendjelloul

Director | Searching for Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul, born in Sweden, performed in Swedish TV-series "Ebba och Didrik" as a child in the nineties and later in life studied Journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar. He has produced several musical documentaries for Swedish Television (SVT) where he also ...

Searching Sugar Man 2012, Documentary SE (1977-2014)

21. Roger Persson

Actor | Eagle Island

Roger Persson is an actor and producer, known for Eagle Island (1986) and The Forgotten Wells (1989).

22. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

Miss Julia 2017, Sofie 1993 SE

23. Björn Runge

Director | The Wife

Björn Lennart Runge, born June 21 1961, in Lysekil, Sweden. He is a director, screen writer, playwright and author. Björn Runge has been involved in the film industry since he was 20 years old. He studied film directing at Dramatiska Institutet, Stockholm, 1986-89. In 1996 he made his debut in ...

24. Hlynur Palmason

Director | Hvítur, hvítur dagur

Hlynur Palmason was born in 1984 in Hornafjörður, Iceland. He is a director and writer, known for A White, White Day (2019), Winter Brothers (2017) and En maler (2013).

Vinterbrodre 2017 IC

25. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Director | Undir trénu

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson is a director and writer, known for Under the Tree (2017), Either Way (2011) and Skröltormar (2007).

26. Mads Matthiesen

Director | 10 timer til Paradis

Mads Matthiesen was born on October 9, 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for 10 timer til Paradis (2012), Dennis (2007) and Cathrine (2008).

The Model 2016 DK

27. Lone Scherfig

Director | An Education

Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), ...

The kindness of strangers DK

28. Niels Arden Oplev

Director | Män som hatar kvinnor

Niels Arden Oplev was born on March 26, 1961 in Denmark. He is a director and producer, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), We Shall Overcome (2006) and Daniel (2019).

29. 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).


30. 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) ...


31. Viggo Larsen

Director | Der Eid des Stephan Huller

Viggo Larsen was born on August 14, 1880 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a director and actor, known for Der Eid des Stephan Huller (1912), The Grey Lady (1909) and Das Kriegslied der Rheinarmee (1914). He died on January 6, 1957 in Copenhagen.

DK (1880-1957)

32. Jytte Rex

Director | Palle Nielsen - mig skal intet fattes

Jytte Rex was born on March 19, 1942 in Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for Palle Nielsen - I Shall Not Want (2002), The River (2003) and The Memorious (1985). She is married to Christian Braad Thomsen.


33. Svend Methling

Director | Natekspressen P903

Svend Methling was born on October 1, 1891 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was an actor and director, known for Natekspressen P903 (1942), Hejrenæs (1953) and Regnen holdt op (1942). He died on June 4, 1977 in Denmark.


34. Jonas Elmer

Director | Let's Get Lost

Jonas Elmer was born on March 14, 1966 in Denmark. He is a director and actor, known for Let's Get Lost (1997), Det andet liv (2013) and Monas verden (2001).


35. Birger Larsen

Director | Lad isbjørnene danse

Birger Larsen was born on December 22, 1961 in Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Dance of the Polar Bears (1990), SuperBrother (2009) and Den 5:e kvinnan (2002). He died on October 26, 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


36. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...


37. 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 ...

38. Daniel Borgman

Director | The Weight of Elephants

Daniel Borgman is a director and writer, known for The Weight of Elephants (2013), At elske Pia (2017) and Berik (2010).

39. 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 In My Life (1978). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie Munksgaard and Masja Dessau.

40. Bodil Ipsen

Director | Café Paradis

Bodil Ipsen was born on August 30, 1889 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Bodil Louise Jensen Ipsen. She was an actress and director, known for Cafe Paradise (1950), The Face of Truth (1951) and The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman (1948). She was married to Ejnar Black, Emanuel Gregers, Helmuth Heinrich ...

41. Anna Karina

Actress | Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux

Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless (1960), but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "...

Vivre ensemble 1973 ◌ (1940-2009) DK

42. Erik Clausen

Actor | Ledsaget udgang

Erik Clausen was born on March 7, 1942 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an actor and writer, known for Temporary Release (2007), The Dark Side of the Moon (1986) and Villa paranoia (2004). He has been married to Pernille since 1966. They have two children.

43. Eva Mulvad

Producer | Love Child

In 2011 Eva Mulvad (born 1972) won the prestigious, Danish "Roos Award " granted for her entire body of work. Mulvad graduated from the Danish Film School in 2001 and by 2006 she had her international break-through with Enemies of Happiness, which focused on the female politician Malalai Joya's ...

44. Giacomo Campeotto

Director | Møgunger

Giacomo Campeotto was born on September 20, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Nasty Brats (2003), Storm (2009) and The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar II (2007). He is married to Birgitte Simonsen.

Storm 2009

45. Gunnar Sommerfeldt

Director | En Lykkeper

Gunnar Sommerfeldt was born on September 4, 1890. He was an actor and director, known for En Lykkeper (1918), Markens grøde (1921) and Lykkens galoscher (1921). He died on August 30, 1947.

46. Franz Ernst

Director | Ang.: Lone

Franz Ernst was born on July 30, 1938 in Assens, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Ang.: Lone (1970), The Marksman (1977) and The Double Man (1976).

47. Ruben Östlund

Director | Turist

Ruben Östlund was born on April 13, 1974 in Styrsö, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Claes Olle Ruben Östlund. He is a director and writer, known for Force Majeure (2014), The Square (2017) and Involuntary (2008). He was previously married to Andrea Östlund.

The Square 2017 SE

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