Modern Directors from Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Iceland, Norway, Sweden & Finlandby RAMPARTisGREAT | created - 09 Jan 2012 | updated - 02 Aug 2012 | Public
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 ...
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 ...
Director | Zwartboek
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...
Writer | Fucking Åmål
Lukas Moodysson was born on January 17, 1969 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden as Karl Frederik Lukas Moodysson. He is a writer and director, known for Show Me Love (1998), Lilya 4-Ever (2002) and Together (2000). He has been married to Coco Moodysson since 1994. They have three children.
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 ...
Producer | Mýrin
Baltasar Kormákur is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, he graduated as an actor from Iceland's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was immediately signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland, where he worked as one of...
7. 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 ...
8. Ole Bornedal
Writer | Nattevagten
Ole Bornedal was born 1959 in Noerresundby, Denmark. From the time he was fourteen he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker. However, not being able to get into The Danish Film School, he had to create his own career and after a few years of University Studies in Film, he started working for The ...
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 ...
Writer | Valhalla Rising
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. ...
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 ...
13. Theo van Gogh
Director | Blind Date
Theo van Gogh was born on July 23, 1957 in Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Theodoor van Gogh. He was a director and writer, known for Blind Date (1996), May 6th (2004) and 1-900 (1994). He died on November 2, 2004 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.
14. Mika Kaurismäki
Producer | Kolme viisasta miestä
Mika Kaurismäki was born on September 21, 1955 in Orimattila, Finland as Mika Juhani Kaurismäki. He is a producer and director, known for Three Wise Men (2008), Zombie and the Ghost Train (1991) and Helsinki-Naples All Night Long (1987). He is married to Cenira Dias Kaurismäki.
17. Renny Harlin
Producer | Driven
Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood.
Harlin started his career in film business in the beginning of 1980s when he was directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later he worked as a ...
19. Jonas Åkerlund
Director | Lords of Chaos
Jonas Åkerlund was born on November 10, 1965 in Bromma, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and editor, known for Lords of Chaos (2018), Polar (2019) and Spun (2002). He is married to B. Åkerlund. He was previously married to Charlotta Palmbäck.
20. Harald Zwart
Director | Den 12. mann
Harald Zwart was born on July 1, 1965 in Netherlands as Harald Johan Zwart. He is a director and producer, known for The 12th Man (2017), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) and Agent Cody Banks (2003). He has been married to Veslemøy Ruud Zwart since 1997. They have two children.
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 ...
24. Daniel Alfredson
Director | Luftslottet som sprängdes
Daniel Alfredson was born on May 23, 1959 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a producer and director, known for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and Tic Tac (1997). He is married to Stina. They have three children.
26. 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), My Life as a Dog (1985) and Chocolat (2000). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. He was...
27. Erik Van Looy
Director | De zaak Alzheimer
Erik Van Looy was born on April 26, 1962 in Deurne, Flanders, Belgium as Erik Ludovicus Maria Van Looy. He is a Director and a Writer, known for the classic Belgian films, De Zaak Alzheimer/The Memory of a Killer (2003) and Loft (2008). He's also directed the US-remake of The Loft (2014). Between ...
32. Petter Næss
Director | Elling
Petter Næss was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1960. Originally he worked as a writer, director and actor for the theatre, staging close to 30 productions. In 1997 he was appointed director of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) and he quickly made a mark for himself promoting contemporary Norwegian plays...
36. 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...
37. 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 A Song for Martin (2001). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie Munksgaard and Masja ...
39. Joachim Trier
Director | Thelma
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 ...