Lone Scherfig

/B. 1959

Director, born 1959, Denmark. Studied film at the University of Copenhagen 1976-80. Graduated in direction from the National Film School of Denmark, 1984. Has written and directed feature films, short films, radio and stage drama, TV series and awardwinning commercials.

Her first feature film breakthrough, "Kajs fødselsdag"/"The Birthday Trip" (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, for the New Directors section at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. The children's feature "Når mor kommer hjem"/"On Our Own" (1998) received the Grand Prix in Montreal and the Cinekid Prize in Amsterdam.

Lone Scherfig's contribution to Dogme, "Italiensk for begyndere"/"Italian for Beginners" (2000), is one of Danish cinema's greatest boxoffice hits ever, and received overwhelming praise from the critics. The film was also a major awardwinner at Berlin. Scherfig's English-language feature "Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself" (2002) toured the festival circuit worldwide, bringing home awards from France, Portugal, the US and Japan. "An Education" (GB/US, 2009) was nominated an Oscar and has won a lot of prizes in Brittain and the US.

Filmography

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Film Year Function Category
Secrets from the Russian Tea Room 2018 Direction DK/Feature
Their Finest 2017 Direction Feature
Den allvarsamma leken 2016 Feature
The Riot Club 2014 Direction Feature
Everything 2012 Script consultant DK/Short fiction
One day 2011 Direction Feature
Donkeys 2010 Character developer Feature
An education 2009 Direction Feature
Just like home 2007 Direction DK/Feature
Red Road 2006 Character developer DK/Feature
Jeg er bare den logerende 2005 Direction DK/Short fiction
Better Times 2004 Direction TV series
Wilbur begår selvmord 2002 Direction DK/Feature
Italian for Beginners 2000 Direction DK/Feature
Ved Stillebækken 1999 Direction TV series
On our own 1998 Direction DK/Feature
TAXA 1997 Direction TV series
Flemming og Berit 1994 Direction TV series
Den gode lykke 1993 Direction TV film
Sir John Soane's House And Museum, London 1993 Direction DK/Documentary
Museum Notes 1993 Direction Anthology
The birthday trip 1990 Direction DK/Feature
A World of Difference 1989 Continuity DK/Feature
Margrethes elsker 1987 Direction TV film
Coeurs flambés 1986 Assistant director DK/Feature
The Late Night Show 1986 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hesten i vesten 1985 Direction DK/Short fiction
A-Hasard-Kasasard 1985 Continuity DK/Short fiction
The vicious circle 1984 Direction DK/Short fiction
The ballad of Linda 1982 Volunteer DK/Feature
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Awards and nominations

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Award Release year Festivals Film
Grand Prix for Best Film:
Lone Scherfig
2004 Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
FIPRESCI Award 2003 Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Best Male Actor 2003 Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Audience Award 2003 International Filmfest Emden 2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Best Actress:
Shirley Henderson
2003 Bordeaux International Festival for Women 2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Audience Award - Best International Film 2003 Hamptons Film Festival 2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Best Actor:
Jamie Sieves
2003 Valladolid International Film Festival 2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Cinekid Film Award:
Lone Scherfig
1998 Amsterdam Cinekid 1998 On our own
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date Film
Rennes Int. Film Festival - Travelling 19-02-2013 Wilbur begår selvmord
Rennes Int. Film Festival - Travelling 19-02-2013 Wilbur begår selvmord
Valencia Cinema Jove 15-06-2012 Just like home
Reykjavik Film Festival 22-09-2011 Wilbur begår selvmord
Reykjavik Film Festival 22-09-2011 Wilbur begår selvmord
Atlanta Danish Film Festival 18-01-2009 Just like home
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 13-11-2008 Just like home
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 19-08-2008 Just like home
Zwierzyniec Summer Film Academy 08-08-2008 Just like home
Zwierzyniec Summer Film Academy 08-08-2008 Wilbur begår selvmord
Zwierzyniec Summer Film Academy 08-08-2008 On our own
Zwierzyniec Summer Film Academy 08-08-2008 Wilbur begår selvmord
Zwierzyniec Summer Film Academy 08-08-2008 On our own
Montone Umbria Film Festival 09-07-2008 Just like home
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 06-06-2008 Just like home
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 24-04-2008 Just like home
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 15-02-2008 Just like home
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 14-02-2008 Just like home
International Festival of Auteur Film 28-11-2007 Just like home
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 31-10-2007 Just like home
Sudbury Cinéfest International Film Festival 15-09-2007 Just like home
Toronto International Film Festival 06-09-2007 Just like home
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 09-03-2005 Wilbur begår selvmord
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 09-03-2005 Wilbur begår selvmord
Osaka European Film Festival 19-11-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Osaka European Film Festival 19-11-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Sarajevo Film Festival 20-08-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Sarajevo Film Festival 20-08-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Montone Umbria Film Festival 06-07-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Montone Umbria Film Festival 06-07-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Shanghai International Film Festival 05-06-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Shanghai International Film Festival 05-06-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 10-04-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 10-04-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Wisconsin Film Festival 01-04-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Wisconsin Film Festival 01-04-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 19-03-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Mamers en Mars FF 19-03-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 19-03-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Mamers en Mars FF 19-03-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Skopje International Film Festival 02-03-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Skopje International Film Festival 02-03-2004 Wilbur begår selvmord
Damascus Int. Film Festival 06-12-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Damascus Int. Film Festival 06-12-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Havana International FF of New Latin Cinema 02-12-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Havana International FF of New Latin Cinema 02-12-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 27-11-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 27-11-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Ljubljana International Film Festival 07-11-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Ljubljana International Film Festival 07-11-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Valladolid International Film Festival 24-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Seoul EU Film Festival 24-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Valladolid International Film Festival 24-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Seoul EU Film Festival 24-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
London Film Festival 22-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Hamptons Film Festival 22-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
London Film Festival 22-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Hamptons Film Festival 22-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 09-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 09-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Chicago International Film Festival 02-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Busan International Film Festival 02-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Chicago International Film Festival 02-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Busan International Film Festival 02-10-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Vancouver International Film Festival 25-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Vancouver International Film Festival 25-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Bordeaux International Festival for Women 22-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Bordeaux International Festival for Women 22-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Athens International Film Festival 12-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 12-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Athens International Film Festival 12-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 12-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Toronto International Film Festival 04-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Toronto International Film Festival 04-09-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Edinburgh International Film Festival 13-08-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Edinburgh International Film Festival 13-08-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 08-07-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 08-07-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Paris Cinema 02-07-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Paris Cinema 02-07-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Moscow Int. Film Festival 20-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Moscow Int. Film Festival 20-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
International Filmfest Emden 15-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
International Filmfest Emden 15-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Taormina International Film Festival 14-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Taormina International Film Festival 14-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 06-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 06-06-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
American Film Market (AFM) 19-02-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
American Film Market (AFM) 19-02-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Berlinale 06-02-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Berlinale 06-02-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Göteborg International Film Festival 24-01-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Göteborg International Film Festival 24-01-2003 Wilbur begår selvmord
Torino National Film Museum 05-09-2002 On our own
Torino National Film Museum 05-09-2002 On our own
Bologna Municipal Film Archive 27-08-2002 On our own
Bologna Municipal Film Archive 27-08-2002 On our own
Tehran Int. Festival of Film For Children 21-10-2000 On our own
Tehran Int. Festival of Film For Children 21-10-2000 On our own
Espoo Children's Film Festival 22-08-2000 On our own
Espoo Children's Film Festival 22-08-2000 On our own
Singapore Danish Film Festival 01-04-2000 On our own
Singapore Danish Film Festival 01-04-2000 On our own
Seoul International Family Film Festival 16-12-1999 On our own
Seoul International Family Film Festival 16-12-1999 On our own
Poznan Ale Kino! International Children's Film Festival 26-04-1999 On our own
Poznan Ale Kino! International Children's Film Festival 26-04-1999 On our own
Cape Town Kids Unlimited Family Expo 26-03-1999 On our own
Cape Town Kids Unlimited Family Expo 26-03-1999 On our own
Dortmund Femme Totale 01-03-1999 On our own
Dortmund Femme Totale 01-03-1999 On our own
Antwerpen European Youth FF of Flanders 12-02-1999 On our own
Antwerpen European Youth FF of Flanders 12-02-1999 On our own
Oulu Int. Children's Film Festival 16-11-1998 On our own
Oulu Int. Children's Film Festival 16-11-1998 On our own
Augsburger Kinder Filmfest 06-11-1998 On our own
Augsburger Kinder Filmfest 06-11-1998 On our own
Düsseldorf Kinder Kino Festival 27-10-1998 On our own
Düsseldorf Kinder Kino Festival 27-10-1998 On our own
Reykjavik Nordic Children's Film Festival 20-10-1998 On our own
Reykjavik Nordic Children's Film Festival 20-10-1998 On our own
Amsterdam Cinekid 17-10-1998 On our own
Amsterdam Cinekid 17-10-1998 On our own
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 18-09-1998 On our own
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 18-09-1998 On our own
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 23-08-1998 On our own
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 23-08-1998 On our own
Montevideo Divercine 06-07-1998 On our own
Montevideo Divercine 06-07-1998 On our own
Malmö, BUFF 23-03-1998 On our own
Malmö, BUFF 23-03-1998 On our own
Montreal International Children's Film festival 28-02-1998 On our own
Montreal International Children's Film festival 28-02-1998 On our own
Berlinale 11-02-1998 On our own
Berlinale 11-02-1998 On our own
Hyderabad Int. Film Fest. For Children 14-11-1997 On our own
Hyderabad Int. Film Fest. For Children 14-11-1997 On our own
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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