Anders Thomas Jensen (born 6 April 1972) is a Danish screenwriter and film director. His film Election Night won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

Anders Thomas Jensen
Jensen in 2015
Born (1972-04-06) 6 April 1972 (age 52)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
SpouseLine Kruse

Life and career edit

Jensen was born in Frederiksværk. He won the Oscar for Best Short Subject for his 1998 film Election Night. He received Oscar nominations in the live-action short category for his films Ernst & Lyset (1996) and Wolfgang (1997). He also wrote the script for After the Wedding which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign film in 2007, The New Tenants, which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Live Action Short and In a Better World which won the Oscar for Best Foreign film in 2011 and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign film.

From the end of the 1990s and into the new millennium he wrote the screenplays for most of the Danish movie blockbusters of the period, including Mifune's Last Song (co-written with Søren Kragh-Jacobsen), In China They Eat Dogs, Open Hearts, Stealing Rembrandt, and Brothers.

In 2000 Anders Thomas Jensen for the first time directed a feature film: the action-comedy Flickering Lights, and since then directed The Green Butchers, Adam's Apples, Men & Chicken and Riders of Justice.

"As there was the Lubitsch touch and the Wilder touch, we can now speak of the Jensen touch -- a twinge of pathos acknowledged quietly, relying on our sympathy for the characters' bizarre frailties."

— David Bordwell[1]

Jensen co-wrote the film The Dark Tower with Nikolaj Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner, based on the Stephen King series. It was Jensen's first work on an American screenplay.

Filmography edit

Year Film
Director Writer Notes
1996 Restless Heart No Yes Short film
1996 Ernst og lyset Yes Yes
1996 Davids bog No Yes
1996 Café Hector No Yes
1996 De nye lejere No Yes
1996 Ernst og lyset No Yes
1997 Wolfgang Yes Yes
1997 Royal Blues No No Actor
1998 Election Night Yes Yes Short film
1998 Nøglebørn No Yes
1998 On Our Own No No Script consultant
1998 Babyboom No Yes
1998 Albert No Yes[2]
1999 En sjælden fugl No Yes Short film
1999 The Funeral No Yes
1999 Mifune No Yes
1999 In China They Eat Dogs No Yes
2000 Zacharias Carl Borg No Yes
2000 The King is Alive No Yes
2000 Beyond No Yes
2000 Flickering Lights Yes Yes
2001 Count Axel No Yes
2001 En kort en lang No No Actor
2001 Chop Chop No No Dialogue contributor
2002 Old Men in New Cars No Yes
2002 Open Hearts No Yes
2002 Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself No Yes
2003 The Green Butchers Yes Yes
2003 Skagerrak No Yes
2003 Stealing Rembrandt No Yes
2004 Brothers No Yes
2005 Dear Wendy No No Script consultant
2005 Vet Hard No Yes
2005 Solkongen No Yes
2005 Adam's Apples Yes Yes
2005 Murk No Yes
2006 After the Wedding No Yes
2006 Red Road No No Characters
2006 Clash of Egos No Yes
2006 Sprængfarlig bombe No Yes
2007 With Your Permission No Yes
2007 White Night No Yes
2008 The Duchess No Yes
2008 Fear Me Not No Yes
2009 At World's End No Yes
2009 The New Tenants No Yes Short film
2009 Antichrist No No Story supervisor
2009 Ved verdens ende No Yes
2010 In a Better World No Yes
2010 Donkeys No No Characters
2012 Love Is All You Need No Yes
2013 All for Two No Yes
2014 The Salvation No Yes
2014 A Second Chance No Yes
2015 Men & Chicken Yes Yes
2015 The Shamer's Daughter No Yes
2015 Mennesker bliver spist No No Script consultant
2015 Land of Mine No No Script consultant
2017 The Dark Tower No Yes
2017 Veni Vidi Vici No No TV series, script consultant
2019 Daniel No Yes
2020 Riders of Justice Yes Yes
2023 The Promised Land No Yes
TBA Abbi Fede No Yes

References edit

  1. ^ David Bordwell: Essay on Danish Cinema, in Film #55, 2007, page 18
  2. ^ Piil, Morten (2008). Gyldendals danske filmguide (in Danish). Gyldendal. p. 21. ISBN 978-87-02-06669-2. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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