Thomas Vinterberg

Director, The Hunt
Nominated for: Best International Film

Celebrated director THOMAS VINTERBERG graduated from the Danish Film School in 1993. His graduation film Last Round was an early example of his extraordinary talent and reach; it won a string of awards and was nominated for a student Oscar®. Immediately after came the award-winning The Boy Who Walked Backwards (1995) which, among others, won at Clermont-Ferrand, and a Robert for Best Short Film.

In 1996 Vinterberg directed his first feature The Biggest Heroes. The film took home three Robert awards. In 1995 Vinterberg and Lars von Trier wrote the “Dogme 95″ manifesto. Vinterberg’s 1998 Dogme film, Festen (The Celebration) was the first film of the movement. It received a multitude of international awards including the special jury prize at Cannes and the Fassbinder Award at the European Film Awards, as well as the award for Best Foreign Language Film from both the Los Angeles and the New York film critics. In addition, Festen won seven Robert awards and three Bodil awards. In 2008, Vinterberg and von Trier, along with their ‘Dogme brothers’ Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, received the EFA award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema.

Vinterberg has directed two English-language films, It’s All About Love (2003), with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn, and Dear Wendy (2005) starring Jamie Bell, which was written by Lars von Trier and won the Silver St. George at the Moscow Film Festival. He returned to the Danish language with the comedy, When a Man Comes Home (2007), followed by Submarino (2010). The latter was in the main competition at the Berlinale in February 2010. Submarino was awarded the Nordic Council’s Film Award in 2010 and in 2011 it received five Robert awards and 15 nominations.

In addition, Thomas Vinterberg has written and directed critically acclaimed plays for the national stage at Austria’s Burgtheater Wien, which are now playing to sold-out audiences around Europe. He has also directed music videos for Blur and Metallica.

Up next, Vinterberg will direct an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Maddening Crowd starring Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts. Fox Searchlight is set to release the film in 2014.