Thomas Vinterberg

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
In danger of becoming as well known for his good looks as for his movies, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg entered into the spirit of child's play with fellow director Lars von Trier ("Breaking the Waves" 1996) ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1969 in Denmark

Filmography

Director (9)

The Commune 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Far From the Madding Crowd 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunt 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Submarino 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

When a Man Comes Home 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear Wendy 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

It's All About Love 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

D-Dag 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

The Celebration 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

The Commune 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hunt 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Submarino 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

When a Man Comes Home 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It's All About Love 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Celebration 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

The Purified 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Name of This Film Is Dogme95 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Hunt 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

In danger of becoming as well known for his good looks as for his movies, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg entered into the spirit of child's play with fellow director Lars von Trier ("Breaking the Waves" 1996), taking a "Vow of Chastity" as part of their "Dogma 95" and finding liberation in the self-imposed limits. Though the tireless self-promoter won both praise and scorn for his half-serious, half tongue-in-cheek embrace of Dogma 95, with some parties sneering he wasn't exactly "reinventing the wheel" by walking in the footprints of Cassavetes, De Sica and Altman, he certainly backed all the talk with a brilliant film adhering to the manifesto's edicts, "Festen/The Celebration" (1998), an expertly paced melodrama employing child abuse as a catalyst to explore unbridled machismo, patriarchal arrogance and the prevalence of Danish racism. His feature debut, "De Storste helte/The Greatest Heroes" (1996), had been a fairly typical example of the "road movie" genre and paled in comparison.

Relationships

Maria Walbom

Wife

EDUCATION

National Film School of Denmark

1993

Milestones

2005

Directed "Dear Wendy" a film about a gang of youthful misfits united in their love of guns and their code of honor; scripted by Lars von Trier

2003

Directed "It's All About Love" with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn

1999

Signed to direct first English-language feature "The Third Lie"

1998

First film made under Dogma 95, "Festen/The Celebration", reunited him with Thomsen and Larsen; co-wrote with Mogens Rukov; also contributed an uncredited cameo as a taxi driver

1996

First feature, "De Storste helte/The Greatest Heroes", starred Danish actors Ulrich Thomsen and Thomas Bo Larsen; third screenwriting collaboration with Hansen; picture did not subscribe to Dogma 95 doctrine

1995

With Lars von Trier, issued 'Dogme 95/Dogma 95', a manifesto for making films; declaration of principles ("vow of chastity") included shooting on location in 35mm color with hand-held cameras and no unnatural sound or music and adhering to a very Aristote

1994

Wrote (again with Hansen) and directed the 36-minute "Drengen der gik baglaens/The Boy Who Walked Backwards" for Danish TV; also produced

1993

Thesis film, "Last Round", won the jury and producer's awards at the International Student Film Festival in Munich and first prize in Tel Aviv; co-written with Bo hr. Hansen

Grew up in a journalists' commune in Copenhagen

Bonus Trivia

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The Vow of ChastityI swear to submit to the following set of rules drawn up and confirmed by Dogma 95:1. Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in. (If a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where the prop is to be found.)2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being shot.)3. The camera must be hand-held. And movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. (The film must not take place where the camera is standing; shooting must take place where the film takes place.)4. The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera.)5. Optical work and filters are forbidden.6. The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc., must not occur.)7. Temporal and geographic alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)8. Genre movies are not acceptable.9. The film format must be Academy 35 mm.10. The director must not be credited.

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