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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 19 May 1969Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

With Sidste omgang (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 success followed with his breakthrough short fiction film, Drengen der gik baglæns (1995), about a boy, who - after the death of his brother - discovers he can turn back time by walking backwards. This poetic short film was followed the reckless and fast-paced thriller, The Biggest Heroes (1996).

Vinterberg is one of the founding "brothers" of dogme95, a set of rules dedicated to reintroducing the element of risk in filmmaking. The Celebration (1998) was not only his first Dogme95 project it was also his first international success. With this movie he "penetrated a layer of evil and abomination [he'd] never been to before" (according to an interview by Bo Green Jensen for Weekend Avisen). The story revolves around Family patriarch Helge Klingenfeldt Hansen, celebrating his 60eth birthday. In a speech the eldest son addresses his father, supposedly to honor him, only to reveal the father's darkest secret. Among other international prizes, Vinterberg received the Prix du Jury of the Cannes International Film Festival.

His feature, It's All About Love (2003), is a departure from the dogme95 project. It is the story of John (Joaquin Phoenix) and Elena (Claire Danes), whose marriage has fallen apart. Their troubled relationship is reflected in their surroundings as Vinterberg attempts to create a parallel between the chaos of the world and the chaos inside the characters.

Back in his homeland, Thomas Vinterberg nevertheless sticks to the English language. His Dear Wendy (2004), written by Lars von Trier, is a fierce attack against America's obsession with weapons. In 2007, Vinterberg returns to Danish with When a Man Comes Home (2007) whose subject (a singer comes home to the town he left behind) is appropriate to the circumstances. Vinterberg strikes hard with his next two works, Submarino (2010), the gloomy story of two brothers who try to cope with their depressing everyday lives and Jagten (2012), the shocking tale of a man who falls prey to a madding crowd. It will surprise nobody that Thomas Vinterberg's next project is a new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd (2014)'.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rikke Lauritsen/rikke@lycos.com/Guy Bellinger

Spouse (2)

Helene Reingaard Neumann (11 July 2010 - present)
Maria Walbom (1990 - 2007) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Often casts Danish actor Thomas Bo Larsen
Unibrow
Films often feauture a main character being thrown out of places.

Trivia (8)

Told "Süddeutsche Zeitung" that he grew up in a socialist community and sometimes misses that lifestyle, although working with a film crew is comparable (1 October 2005).
Was accepted at den Danske Filmskole (Danish Film Academy) as the youngest student ever, at 19 years of age.
Grew up in a Danish hippie community.
Filming his new movie "En mand kommer hjem" in Denmark. [June 2006]
Tel-Aviv Student Film Festival - Special Screening of Festen (1998) [June 2004]
Invited to the royal wedding in Denmark. [May 2004]
Tel-Aviv Student Film Festival - Special Screening of Festen (1998) [June 2004]
Son of film critic Søren Vinterberg.

Personal Quotes (7)

My whole life has been a very communal experience; growing up in a house full of happy hippies, having dinner parties three days a week, and going to Christiania, I was constantly surrounded by people celebrating community. If you look at the films I've done, they all share that theme.
I found I am not an anarchistic form creator; I'm intuitive, and I'm trying to figure out a way to explore human fragility.
Denmark can be very small, provincial, and mediocre.
I shot a Metallica video in Hollywood, and there were, like, 100 people on set. There was even a guy there to put antiseptic gel on my hands. Amazing. If I asked for that on a Danish set, they'd probably kick me out of the country.
The success of 'The Celebration' was like a hand grenade exploding in my face. It suddenly gave me so many opportunities to explore things I had never done before.
When you get a bad review, you hate the writer. It's very painful; whoever says the opposite lies. It's humiliating. Sometimes it comes from an honest place, but most times, it comes from a desire to trash someone.
I think Dogme was inspiring for quite a few peoples and sort of started a digital movement. Personally, I found it extremely uplifting and fantastic making Dogme movies, but I felt I completed it with 'The Celebration.' I think that was the end of the road on Dogme for me. It was as far as I could go.

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