Søren Kragh-Jacobsen

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Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Born (1947-03-02) 2 March 1947 (age 76)
Copenhagen, Denmark
OccupationFilm director
Years active1978–present

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen (Danish: [ˈsœːɐ̯n̩ ˈkʰʁɑˀw ˈjɑkʰʌpsn̩]; born 2 March 1947, in Copenhagen) is a Danish film director, musician, and songwriter. He was one of the founders and practitioners of the Dogme95 project, for creating films without artificial technology or techniques.

Early career[edit]

Kragh-Jacobsen started out as a popular musician in Denmark, before attending film school in Prague. After returning to Denmark, he directed and co-wrote television productions.

He became one of the developers of the avant-garde film-making project Dogme95, based on creating films based only on reality, without artificial lighting and technology.


His first feature film was Wanna See My Beautiful Navel? (1978). This was followed by the successful Rubber Tarzan (1981), Thunderbirds (1983), Emma's Shadow (1988), Shower of Gold (1988), The Boys from St. Petri (1991), The Island on Bird Street (1997), and his international break-through, dogme No. 3 Mifune's Last Song (1999), and Skagerrak (2003). Mifune's Last Song won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] Skagerrak was entered into the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.[2] He has done some commercials and Danish/Swedish TV series.

Acclaimed internationally, he has received several major awards for his work, including the Memorial François Truffaut Award/Giffoni, an Emmy for The Island on Bird Street and a Silver Bear at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin for Mifune's Last Song. The Boys from St. Petri was screened out of competition at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Marriage and family[edit]

Kragh-Jacobsen is married to musician Cæcilie Nordgreen. They live in Copenhagen with their two children.[4][5]


Work Year Credit Notes
Oh, To Be a Butterfly [da] 2020 Direction Feature
The Hour of the Lynx [da] 2013 Direction Feature
Borgen 2010 Direction TV series
What No One Knows 2008 Direction Feature
The Protectors 2008 Direction TV series
Det danske dogmeri 2005 Appearance Documentary
The Eagle 2004 Direction TV series
Skagerrak 2003 Direction Feature
The Purified 2002 Appearance Documentary
D-Dag 2001 Direction TV film
Mifune's Last Song 1999 Direction Feature
The Island on Bird Street 1997 Direction Feature
The Flyer 1996 Script consultant Feature
The Monkeys and the Secret Weapon 1995 Lyrics Feature
Circus Hildebrandt 1995 Lyrics Feature
Jungledyret Hugo 1993 Lyrics Feature
The Boys from St. Petri 1991 Direction Feature
War of the Birds 1990 Music Feature
The Miracle in Valby 1989 Script consultant Feature
Shower of Gold [da] 1988 Direction Feature
Emma's Shadow [da] 1988 Direction Feature
Omsen og Momsen [da] 1987 Script TV film
Livet er en god grund 1985 Direction TV film
Granny's House [da] 1984 Script Feature
Ude på noget 1984 Script TV series
Thunderbirds (1983 film) [da] 1983 Direction Feature
Rubber Tarzan [da] 1981 Direction Feature
Wanna See My Beautiful Navel? [da] 1978 Direction Feature


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  2. ^ "25th Moscow International Film Festival (2003)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Boys from St. Petri". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Søren Kragh-Jacobsen: "Min kone kan stadig overraske mig"". Femina. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Søren Kragh-Jacobsen: Derfor holder mit ægteskab". Billed Bladet. Retrieved 1 March 2015.

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