THOMAS VINTERBERG - Director & Screenwriter
Thomas Vinterberg enrolled at The National Film School of Denmark in 1989 as the youngest student ever. He graduated in 1993 with the short film Last Round. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1994.
In 1993, Thomas Vinterberg directed the short film The Boy Who Walked Backwards. The film won several awards, among others Public Prize in Clemont-Ferrand 1994, Best Drama at the Toronto Short Film Festival 1995, Best Short Film and Audience Award at the Nordic Panorama in 1994.
In 1995, Thomas Vinterberg initiated the Dogme95 movement alongside fellow director Lars von Trier. The following year he directed his first feature film entitled The Greatest Heroes, which received three awards from the Danish Film Academy.
In 1997, Thomas Vinterberg directed the first film following the Dogme rules; Festen (The Celebration). The feature film received an overwhelming amount of awards around the world; Prix Spécial du Jury in Cannes in 1998, Fassbinder Award at the European Film Awards in 1998, L. A. and N. Y. Film Critics Awards in 1998, both awards for best foreign feature, seven awards from the Danish Film Academy and three awards from the Danish Film Critics Society. Festen (The Celebration) was sold to almost every territory and became a worldwide hit.
On New Year's Eve, as we all entered the new millennium, Thomas Vinterberg and the three other Dogme brothers directed the television-Dogme experiment called D-Day.
In 2000, Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov began writing the script for his first international feature film, It's All About Love. The film was shot in the summer of 2001.
Thomas Vinterberg's next and highly anticipated project is Dear Wendy. It will be an English-language feature film written by Lars von Trier. The film will have an international cast and starts shooting in the summer of 2003.
MOGENS RUKOV - Screenwriter
Mogens Rukov has a Master of Arts in Danish Literature and Language and History and Aesthetics of Film from the University of Copenhagen. He was employed as a professor at the National Film School of Denmark in 1975. In 1988 he founded the Film School's screenwriting department, and is currently Head of Screenwriting and Dramaturgy.
In his capacity as consultant for film and television, he has worked on The Element of Crime by Lars von Trier, The Greatest Heroes by Thomas Vinterberg, The Idiots by Lars von Trier and Mifune by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen. Mogens Rukov has worked as writer or consultant on approximately 15 more films over the past three years. He was co-writer on Festen (The Celebration) together with the director Thomas Vinterberg and was co-writer on Kira's Reason - A Love Story together with director Ole Christian Madsen.
BIRGITTE HALD - Producer
Producer and co-founder of Nimbus Film along with Bo Ehrhardt. Graduated from the producer line of the National Film School of Denmark in 1993.
Has since 1993 been producing for director Thomas Vinterberg; from the award winning short The Boy Who Walked Backwards, the debut feature film The Greatest Heroes, the first and highly acclaimed Dogme film The Celebration to the international feature film It's All About Love.
In addition to producing numerous shorts Birgitte Hald has produced the features The Beast Within directed by Carsten Rudolf, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's Dogme film Mifune, Trine Piil Christensen's feature film, Max (1999) and Natasha Arthy's debut feature Miracle. Birgitte Hald is also executive producer of Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's international feature Skagerrak and producer on Natasha Arthy's Dogme film which is to be released in 2003.
ANTHONY DOD MANTLE - Director of Photographer, Dff.
Anthony Dod Mantle grew up in Oxford, England, and took up permanent residence in Denmark in 1983. Same year he enrolled at the National Film School of Denmark. His first feature as Director of Photography was the German film Terrorists by Philip Grönning.
Anthony Dod Mantle has worked with Thomas Vinterberg since The Greatest Heroes in 1996 and was D. o. P. on Dogme#1, Festen (The Celebration). In 1999 Anthony Dod Mantle filmed the Dogme#3, Mifune by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen.
He has worked as D. o. P. on The Beast Within by Carsten Rudolf, Operation Cobra by Lasse Spang Olsen, Island Voice by Lotte Svendsen, Julien Donkey Boy by Harmony Korine, Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise and Strumpet both by director Danny Boyle.
Recently Anthony Dod Mantle has shot Lars von Trier's upcoming feature film, Dogville and 28 Days Later by Danny Boyle.
BEN VAN OS - Production Designer
Multi-award winner and Oscar nominee, Dutch production designer Ben van Os' highly original designs have been applied to theatre, on television and mostly films where his stylistic work is regarded some of the most innovative, daring and ingenious to be seen on screen.
His characteristic work can be recognized immediately in Peter Greenaway's Drowning By Numbers (Cannes Award 1986: Best Artistic Collaboration); The Cook The Thief His Wife And Her Lover; The Baby Of Macon; in Sally Potter's Orlando which brought him an Oscar nomination; and most recently in Clare Peploe's The Triumph Of Love.
ZBIGNIEW PREISNER - Composer
Polish-born Zbigniew Preisner is considered one of the most outstanding film composers of his generation. For many years Preisner enjoyed a close collaboration with the director Krzysztof Kieslowski and his scriptwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz. His scores for Kieslowski's films - Dekalog, The Double Life Of Veronique, Three Colours Blue, Three Colours White and Three Colours Red - have brought him both international acclaim and awards.
During the last twelve years Preisner has scored many international feature films including Louis Malle's Damage, Jean Becker's Elisa, Agnieska Holland's The Secret Garden and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's The Island on Birdstreet, for which he received a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1997.
Preisner's more recent film scores include: The Last September, directed by Deborah Warner, Aberdeen, directed and written by the Norwegian director Hans-Petter Moland, and Between Strangers, written and directed by Edoardo Ponti.