Thomas Vinterberg in February 2010
19 May 1969 |
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter and actor|
|Spouse(s)||Maria Walbom (1990–2007)|
Thomas Vinterberg (born 19 May 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.
Life and career
Vinterberg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1993, he graduated from the National Film School of Denmark with Last Round (Sidste Omgang), which won the jury and producers' awards at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools, and First Prize at Tel Aviv. That year Vinterberg made his first TV drama for DR TV and his short fiction film The Boy Who Walked Backwards, produced by Birgitte Hald at Nimbus Film.
Following that dogma in 1998, he conceived, wrote and directed (and also had a small acting role in) the first of the Dogme movies, The Celebration (Festen). As per the rules of the Dogme manifesto, he did not take a directorial credit and IMDb has the film listed with no director. However, he and the film won numerous nominations and awards, including the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2003 he directed the apocalyptic science fiction love story It's All About Love, a movie he wrote, directed and produced himself over a period of five years. This movie was entirely in English and featured, among others, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn. The movie did not do well, as critics and audiences found it idiosyncratic and somewhat incomprehensible.
His next film, the English-language Dear Wendy (2005), scripted by Lars von Trier, also flopped, even in his native Denmark where it sold only 14,521 tickets. However he won the Silver George for Best Director at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. Vinterberg then tried to retrace his roots with a smaller Danish-language production, En mand kommer hjem (2007), which also flopped, selling only 31,232 tickets.
- Sneblind (1990) (short)
- Last Round / Sidste omgang (1993) (short)
- The Boy Who Walked Backwards / Drengen der gik baglæns (1994) (short)
- The Biggest Heroes / De største helte (1996)
- The Celebration / Festen (1998)
- The Third Lie (2000)
- It's All About Love (2003)
- Dear Wendy (2005)
- A Man Comes Home / En mand kommer hjem (2007)
- Submarino (2010)
- The Hunt / Jagten (2012)
- Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
- The Commune / Kollektivet (2015)
- "Festival de Cannes: The Celebration". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- "27th Moscow International Film Festival (2005)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- "60th Berlin International Film Festival: Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
- "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thomas Vinterberg.|
- Thomas Vinterberg at the Internet Movie Database
- CNN interview with Thomas Vinterberg
- Thomas Vinterberg: About a scene by Ingmar Bergman Video interview by Louisiana Channel, 2013