Annette K. Olesen

/B. 1965

Director, born 1965. Graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1991.

Olesen's international breakthrough came with the intense, character-driven drama "Minor Mishaps" (2002) which won Der Blaue Engel at the Berlin International Film Festival. "In your Hands" followed in 2004, a Dogme-tinged prison drama selected for the main competition in Berlin. Also selected for competition in Berlin was "Little Soldier" (2008), about a female soldier who returns from Afghanistan, rootless and traumatised.

Olesen entered into a new genre with her political thriller "The Shooter" (2013) which discusses the thin line between idealism and terrorism.

Prior to her feature films Annette K. Olesen directed a number of experimental shorts, including "Juliet's Balcony" (1992). She has also directed four episodes of the DR TV series "Borgen" (2010) and has taught at the Danish Film School. Has also taught in Holland, Norway and Egypt.

Filmography

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Film Year Function Category
The Idealist 2015 Script consultant DK/Feature
Bankerot 2014 Direction TV series
The Shooter 2013 Direction DK/Feature
Barvalo 2012 Script consultant DK/Short fiction
Borgen 1 2010 Direction TV series
Little soldier 2008 Direction DK/Feature
45 cm 2007 Direction DK/Short fiction
One Day 2007 Consultant DK/Documentary
One to one 2006 Direction DK/Feature
In Your Hands 2004 Direction DK/Feature
Minor mishaps 2002 Direction DK/Feature
Y 2001 Direction DK/Documentary
Bånd på livet 2000 Direction DK/Short fiction
Find dig selv 2000 Direction DK/Short fiction
Tifanfaya 1998 Direction DK/Short fiction
Julies balkon 1993 Direction DK/Documentary
Har du ild? 1993 Direction DK/Documentary
Interview 1992 Direction TV film
10:32 - A Love Story 1991 Direction DK/Short fiction
Rami and Juliet 1988 Runner DK/Feature
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Awards and nominations

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Award Release year Festivals Film
Oecumenical Prize 2009 Berlinale 2009 Little soldier
Best Actress:
Trine Dyrholm
2009 Valladolid International Film Festival 2009 Little soldier
Best Cinematography:
Camilla Hjelm Knudsen
2009 Valladolid International Film Festival 2009 Little soldier
Silver Spike 2009 Valladolid International Film Festival 2009 Little soldier
Special Mention 2009 Valladolid International Film Festival 2009 Little soldier
Audience Award - Best International Film 2008 Clermont-Ferrand Festival Du Court Metrage 2008 45 cm
Special Mention 2006 Hamptons Film Festival 2006 One to one
Publikumspreis der „Lübecker Nachrichten“ 2006 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2006 One to one
NDR-Filmpreis 2006 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2006 One to one
Kirchlicher Filmpreis Interfilm 2006 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2006 One to one
Kingfischer award 2006 Ljubljana International Film Festival 2006 One to one
Robert, Best Supporting Actress:
Trine Dyrholm
2005 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2005 In Your Hands
Special Mention 2004 Torino Infinity Festival 2004 In Your Hands
Special Mention Of The Jury:
Annette K. Olesen
2004 Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 2004 In Your Hands
Emerging Masters:
Annette K. Olesen
2004 Seattle International Film Festival 2004 In Your Hands
ARTE Distribution Award:
TrustNordisk
2004 Paris Cinema 2004 In Your Hands
Audience's Prize - Best long feature:
Annette K. Olesen
2004 Bordeaux International Festival for Women 2004 In Your Hands
Best Leading Actor:
Nicolaj Kopernikus
2004 Bordeaux International Festival for Women 2004 In Your Hands
Special Prize of The Jury 2004 Valladolid International Film Festival 2004 In Your Hands
The Blue Angel 2002 Berlinale 2002 Minor mishaps
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date Film
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 25-07-2015 In Your Hands
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 25-07-2015 In Your Hands
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 20-08-2014 The Shooter
Göteborg International Film Festival 24-01-2014 The Shooter
Chennai International Film Festival 12-12-2013 The Shooter
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 07-11-2013 The Shooter
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 30-10-2013 The Shooter
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 18-07-2013 The Shooter
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 29-05-2013 The Shooter
Cinémathèque royale de Belgique 01-05-2012 In Your Hands
Cinémathèque royale de Belgique 01-05-2012 In Your Hands
Tampere Film Festival 07-03-2012 45 cm
Beirut EU-Film Festival 10-11-2011 Little soldier
Ankara Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival 05-05-2011 Little soldier
Göteborg International Film Festival 29-01-2010 Little soldier
Pune International Film Festival India 07-01-2010 Little soldier
Chennai International Film Festival 16-12-2009 Little soldier
Dubai International Film Festival 09-12-2009 Little soldier
Jakarta International Film Festival 04-12-2009 Little soldier
Torun, Camerimage 28-11-2009 Little soldier
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 27-11-2009 Little soldier
Osaka European Film Festival 12-11-2009 Little soldier
Sevilla Festival de Cine 06-11-2009 Little soldier
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 05-11-2009 Little soldier
Mannheim-Heidelberg, Int. Film Festival 05-11-2009 Little soldier
Brasilia International Film Festival 04-11-2009 Little soldier
Mumbai Film Festival 29-10-2009 Little soldier
Ranheim Femmina Internasjonale Film Festival 26-10-2009 In Your Hands
Ranheim Femmina Internasjonale Film Festival 26-10-2009 Minor mishaps
Ranheim Femmina Internasjonale Film Festival 26-10-2009 In Your Hands
Valladolid International Film Festival 23-10-2009 Little soldier
Warsaw International Film Festival 10-10-2009 Little soldier
Hamptons Film Festival 08-10-2009 Little soldier
Haifa International Film Festival 03-10-2009 Little soldier
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 24-09-2009 Little soldier
Helsinki Film Festival 17-09-2009 Little soldier
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 04-09-2009 Little soldier
Montreal World Film Festival 27-08-2009 Little soldier
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 20-08-2009 Little soldier
Brisbane International Film Festival 30-07-2009 Little soldier
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 27-07-2009 Little soldier
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 07-07-2009 Little soldier
Taipei Film Festival 26-06-2009 Little soldier
Bratislava Art Film Festival 20-06-2009 Little soldier
Edinburgh International Film Festival 17-06-2009 Little soldier
Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival 16-06-2009 Little soldier
Transilvania International Film Festival 29-05-2009 Little soldier
Seattle International Film Festival 21-05-2009 Little soldier
CPH PIX 16-04-2009 Little soldier
Seoul International Women's Film Festival 09-04-2009 Little soldier
Trondheim Minimalen Kortfilm Festival 06-03-2009 45 cm
Berlinale 05-02-2009 Little soldier
ArtCourtVidéO Arles 17-11-2008 45 cm
Verdal Femmina International Film Festival 22-10-2008 45 cm
Sofia EU Film Festival 22-05-2008 One to one
Bukarest EU-Filmfestival 09-05-2008 One to one
Bonn Scandinavian Film festival 24-04-2008 One to one
Belgrade Balkankult Fondacija 01-02-2008 45 cm
Clermont-Ferrand Festival Du Court Metrage 01-02-2008 45 cm
Budapest Danish Film Week 22-11-2007 One to one
Aarhus Filmfestival 23-10-2007 45 cm
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 21-09-2007 45 cm
Vlissingen, Film by the Sea 14-09-2007 One to one
Odense Internationale Film Festival 27-08-2007 45 cm
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007 One to one
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007 In Your Hands
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007 Minor mishaps
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007 In Your Hands
Durban International Film Festival 20-06-2007 One to one
Sarajevo - Royal Danish Embassy 23-05-2007 In Your Hands
Sarajevo - Royal Danish Embassy 23-05-2007 In Your Hands
Belgrade Danish Film Event 18-04-2007 One to one
Belgrade Danish Film Event 18-04-2007 In Your Hands
Belgrade Danish Film Event 18-04-2007 In Your Hands
New York Scandinavian House 15-04-2007 One to one
Malmö, BUFF 13-03-2007 One to one
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 16-02-2007 One to one
Antwerpen European Youth FF of Flanders 15-02-2007 One to one
Glasgow Film Festival 15-02-2007 One to one
Göteborg International Film Festival 26-01-2007 One to one
Palm Springs International Film Festival 04-01-2007 One to one
Jakmel Film Festival 24-11-2006 One to one
Gijon International Film Festival 23-11-2006 One to one
Ottawa EU FF 17-11-2006 In Your Hands
Ottawa EU FF 17-11-2006 In Your Hands
Ljubljana International Film Festival 10-11-2006 One to one
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 01-11-2006 One to one
Damaskus EU FF 20-10-2006 In Your Hands
Damaskus EU FF 20-10-2006 In Your Hands
London Film Festival 18-10-2006 One to one
Hamptons Film Festival 18-10-2006 One to one
Warsaw International Film Festival 06-10-2006 One to one
Mill Valley Film Festival, Film Inst. California 05-10-2006 One to one
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 21-09-2006 One to one
Vlissingen, Film by the Sea 15-09-2006 One to one
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 14-09-2006 One to one
Warsaw EU Film Festival 01-09-2006 In Your Hands
Warsaw EU Film Festival 01-09-2006 In Your Hands
Melbourne Film Festival 26-07-2006 One to one
Palic European Film Festival 15-07-2006 One to one
Giffoni Film Festival 15-07-2006 One to one
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 06-07-2006 One to one
Sydney Film Festival 09-06-2006 One to one
Seattle International Film Festival 25-05-2006 One to one
Brussels Eurocine27 09-05-2006 In Your Hands
Brussels Eurocine27 09-05-2006 In Your Hands
Accra EU Film Festival 26-04-2006 In Your Hands
Accra EU Film Festival 26-04-2006 In Your Hands
Nicaragua EU FF 15-02-2006 In Your Hands
Nicaragua EU FF 15-02-2006 In Your Hands
Berlinale 09-02-2006 One to one
Prague Brno EU Film Festival 26-01-2006 In Your Hands
Prague Brno EU Film Festival 26-01-2006 In Your Hands
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 18-11-2005 In Your Hands
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 18-11-2005 In Your Hands
Riga Arsenals 14-10-2005 In Your Hands
Riga Arsenals 14-10-2005 In Your Hands
Montone Umbria Film Festival 06-07-2005 In Your Hands
Montone Umbria Film Festival 06-07-2005 In Your Hands
Zagreb Danish "Next Stop" Film Festival 21-04-2005 Minor mishaps
London Dogme Film Festival 01-04-2005 In Your Hands
London Dogme Film Festival 01-04-2005 In Your Hands
Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata Int. FF 10-03-2005 In Your Hands
Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata Int. FF 10-03-2005 In Your Hands
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 09-03-2005 In Your Hands
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 09-03-2005 In Your Hands
Mexico City Intl Contemp FF 16-02-2005 In Your Hands
Mexico City Intl Contemp FF 16-02-2005 In Your Hands
Zagreb Danish "Next Stop" Film Festival 21-01-2005 Minor mishaps
Havana International FF of New Latin Cinema 07-12-2004 In Your Hands
Havana International FF of New Latin Cinema 07-12-2004 In Your Hands
Bratislava International Film Festival 03-12-2004 In Your Hands
Bratislava International Film Festival 03-12-2004 In Your Hands
Ljubljana International Film Festival 10-11-2004 In Your Hands
Ljubljana International Film Festival 10-11-2004 In Your Hands
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 23-10-2004 In Your Hands
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 23-10-2004 In Your Hands
Valladolid International Film Festival 22-10-2004 In Your Hands
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 22-10-2004 In Your Hands
Valladolid International Film Festival 22-10-2004 In Your Hands
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 22-10-2004 In Your Hands
London Film Festival 20-10-2004 In Your Hands
London Film Festival 20-10-2004 In Your Hands
Reykjavik Danish Wave 01-10-2004 In Your Hands
Reykjavik Danish Wave 01-10-2004 In Your Hands
Vancouver International Film Festival 28-09-2004 In Your Hands
Vancouver International Film Festival 28-09-2004 In Your Hands
Bordeaux International Festival for Women 27-09-2004 In Your Hands
Bordeaux International Festival for Women 27-09-2004 In Your Hands
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2004 In Your Hands
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2004 In Your Hands
Montreal World Film Festival 26-08-2004 In Your Hands
Montreal World Film Festival 26-08-2004 In Your Hands
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 24-08-2004 In Your Hands
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 24-08-2004 In Your Hands
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 20-08-2004 In Your Hands
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 20-08-2004 In Your Hands
Århus International Student Center 07-08-2004 Minor mishaps
Melbourne Film Festival 21-07-2004 In Your Hands
Melbourne Film Festival 21-07-2004 In Your Hands
Pula Film Festival 16-07-2004 In Your Hands
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 16-07-2004 In Your Hands
Pula Film Festival 16-07-2004 In Your Hands
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 16-07-2004 In Your Hands
Sarajevo Danish Film Festival 12-07-2004 Minor mishaps
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 02-07-2004 In Your Hands
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 02-07-2004 In Your Hands
Perth Revelation Film Festival 01-07-2004 In Your Hands
Perth Revelation Film Festival 01-07-2004 In Your Hands
Paris Cinema 30-06-2004 In Your Hands
Paris Cinema 30-06-2004 In Your Hands
Washington National Museum of Women in the Arts 20-06-2004 Minor mishaps
Sydney Film Festival 11-06-2004 In Your Hands
Sydney Film Festival 11-06-2004 In Your Hands
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 04-06-2004 In Your Hands
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 04-06-2004 In Your Hands
Seattle International Film Festival 20-05-2004 In Your Hands
Seattle International Film Festival 20-05-2004 Minor mishaps
Seattle International Film Festival 20-05-2004 In Your Hands
Brussels Film Festival 23-04-2004 In Your Hands
Vilnius Film Spring 23-04-2004 Minor mishaps
Moscow EU Film Festival 23-04-2004 Minor mishaps
Brussels Film Festival 23-04-2004 In Your Hands
Seoul International Women's Film Festival 02-04-2004 In Your Hands
Seoul International Women's Film Festival 02-04-2004 In Your Hands
Torino Infinity Festival 27-03-2004 In Your Hands
Torino Infinity Festival 27-03-2004 In Your Hands
New York New Directors/New Films 24-03-2004 In Your Hands
New York New Directors/New Films 24-03-2004 In Your Hands
American Film Market (AFM) 25-02-2004 In Your Hands
American Film Market (AFM) 25-02-2004 In Your Hands
Budapest Danish Film Week 10-02-2004 Minor mishaps
Berlinale 05-02-2004 In Your Hands
Berlinale 05-02-2004 In Your Hands
Washington National Gallery of Art 10-01-2004 Minor mishaps
Singapore EU-Film Festival 09-10-2003 Minor mishaps
Rio de Janeiro, Danish FF 23-09-2003 Minor mishaps
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 06-06-2003 Minor mishaps
Sofia Nordisk Film Festival 30-05-2003 Minor mishaps
New York Scandinavian House 09-04-2003 Minor mishaps
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival 04-04-2003 Minor mishaps
Creteil, Festival Films De Femmes 21-03-2003 Minor mishaps
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 12-03-2003 Minor mishaps
Prague Febiofest, Int. Film, TV and Video Festival 23-01-2003 Minor mishaps
Internationalt Kultursekretariat 01-01-2003 Minor mishaps
Palm Springs Festival of Festivals 21-11-2002 Minor mishaps
Busan International Film Festival 15-11-2002 Minor mishaps
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 08-11-2002 Minor mishaps
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 18-10-2002 Minor mishaps
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 08-10-2002 Minor mishaps
Warsaw International Film Festival 03-10-2002 Minor mishaps
Bordeaux International Festival for Women 23-09-2002 Minor mishaps
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 17-08-2002 Minor mishaps
Manila Cinemanila International Film Festival 01-08-2002 Minor mishaps
Melbourne Film Festival 24-07-2002 Minor mishaps
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 04-07-2002 Minor mishaps
Paris Danish Film Week 02-07-2002 Minor mishaps
Sydney Film Festival 07-06-2002 Minor mishaps
Seattle International Film Festival 23-05-2002 Minor mishaps
Cairo International Film Festival 14-03-2002 Minor mishaps
Berlinale 06-02-2002 Minor mishaps
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Registration of festival participation and awards

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