Modern Directors from Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Iceland, Norway, Sweden & Finland

by RAMPARTisGREAT | created - 09 Jan 2012 | updated - 02 Aug 2012 | Public

1. Ingmar Bergman

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 Sunday's Children (1992) depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (...

2. Lars von Trier

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 ...

3. Paul Verhoeven

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 ...

4. Lukas Moodysson

Director | Fucking Åmål

Lukas Moodysson was born on January 17, 1969 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden. He is a director and writer, 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.

5. Aki Kaurismäki

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 ...

6. Baltasar Kormákur

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 work often plays out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, its focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part of ...

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 ...

9. George Sluizer

Director | Spoorloos

George Sluizer was born on June 25, 1932 in Paris, France. He was a director and producer, known for The Vanishing (1988), The Stone Raft (2002) and Dying to Go Home (1996). He died on September 20, 2014 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

10. Anders Thomas Jensen

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 ...

11. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

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. ...

12. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Druk

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. 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. 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.

15. Mikael Håfström

Writer | Ondskan

Mikael Håfström was born on July 1, 1960 in Lund, Skåne län, Sweden. He is a writer and director, known for Evil (2003), 1408 (2007) and The Rite (2011).

16. Tomas Alfredson

Director | Låt den rätte komma in

Tomas Alfredson was born on April 1, 1965 in Lidingö, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and writer, known for Let the Right One In (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Four Shades of Brown (2004). He is married to Charlotte Alfredson. They have one child. He was previously married to...

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 ...

18. Olli Saarela

Writer | Rukajärven tie

Olli Saarela was born on March 11, 1965 in Helsinki, Finland. He is a writer and director, known for Ambush 1941 (1999), Bad Luck Love (2000) and The Redemption (1997).

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 Try (2000). He is married to B. Åkerlund. He was previously married to Charlotta Palmbäck.

20. Harald Zwart

Director | Den 12. mann

Harald Zwart was born in Leiden, Netherlands, and his family moved to Norway where he grew up. He made his first film when he was 8 years and was active with Super8 and stop motion animation for years. He was accepted into the highly acclaimed Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam, NL, where he spent 4 ...

21. Ole Christian Madsen

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 ...

22. Simon Staho

Director | Dag och natt

Simon Staho was born on June 2, 1972 in Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Day and Night (2004), Magi i luften (2011) and Warriors of Love (2009).

23. Erik Skjoldbjærg

Writer | Okkupert

Erik Skjoldbjærg was born on December 14, 1964 in Tromsø, Norway. He is a writer and director, known for Okkupert (2015), Insomnia (1997) and Nokas (2010).

24. Daniel Alfredson

Director | Flickan som lekte med elden

Daniel Alfredson was born on May 23, 1959 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a producer and director, known for The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009) and Mannen på balkongen (1993). He is married to Stina. They have three children.

25. Shaky González

Director | Nattens engel

Shaky González was born on October 20, 1966 in Chile. He is a director and writer, known for Angel of the Night (1998), The Last Warrior (2010) and A Place to Die.

26. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Dear John (2010) and Chocolat (2000). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. He was previously married to ...

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 ...

28. Koen Mortier

Director | Ex Drummer

Koen Mortier was born on November 4, 1965 in Beernem, Flanders, Belgium. He is a director and producer, known for Ex Drummer (2007), 22nd of May (2010) and Angel (2018).

29. Dick Maas

Writer | Prooi

Dick Maas was born on April 15, 1951 in Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. He is a writer and producer, known for Prey (2016), Saint (2010) and Amsterdamned (1988). He is married to Esmé Lammers.

30. Anton Corbijn

Director | Control

Anton Corbijn was born on May 20, 1955 in Strijen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. He is a director and actor, known for Control (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and The American (2010).

31. Tommy Wirkola

Director | What Happened to Monday

Tommy Wirkola was born on December 6, 1979 in Alta, Norway. He is a writer and director, known for What Happened to Monday (2017), Dead Snow (2009) and Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014).

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...

33. Mike van Diem

Writer | Karakter

Mike van Diem was born on January 12, 1959 in Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands. He is a writer and director, known for Character (1997), Tulipani: Liefde, eer en een fiets (2017) and Alaska (1989).

34. Nils Gaup

Director | Ofelas

Nils Gaup was born on April 12, 1955 in Kautokeino, Norway. He is a director and actor, known for Pathfinder (1987), Head Above Water (1993) and Pathfinder (2007).

35. Daniel Espinosa

Director | Snabba cash

Jorge Daniel Espinosa is a Swedish-Chilean film director, screenwriter and film producer from Trångsund, Stockholm. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2001. He notably directed the Sony's Marvel Universe film Morbius starring Jared Leto and other films including Life, Easy ...

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 Les Misérables (1998). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Masja Dessau and Annie ...

38. Morten Tyldum

Director | Hodejegerne

Morten Tyldum was born on May 19, 1967 in Bergen, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for Headhunters (2011), The Imitation Game (2014) and Passengers (2016).

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 ...

40. Dagur Kári

Director | Voksne mennesker

Dagur Kári was born on December 12, 1973 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Dark Horse (2005), Noi the Albino (2003) and The Good Heart (2009).



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