Ole Christian Madsen

(1966 – )

Director. Born 1966, Denmark. Graduated in direction from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993, the same year as Thomas Vinterberg and Per Fly.

Madsen enjoyed success with his short fiction 'Sinan's Wedding' (1997) and debuted as feature director with 'Pizza King' (1999), set among a group of young second-generation immigrants who get mixed up with Copenhagen's crime scene.

Madsen contributed to Dogme 95 with the intense psychological drama 'Kira's Reason – A Love Story' (2001), which was followed by 'Angels in Fast Motion' (2005) about three lost souls in a world dominated by hard drugs and desperate addicts. A troubled relationship between husband and wife is at the centre of 'Prague' (2006). Madsen's film about a duo of legendary WWII resistance fighters, 'Flame & Citron' (2008), was a huge boxoffice draw.

'Superclásico' (2011), Madsen's first stab at the comedy genre, was Oscar-shortlisted for Best Foreign Language film. "Itsi Bitsi" (2014), a portrait of a generation and a glimpse of Danish rock history in the 1960s, premiered at Toronto Film Festival. In 2020 he adapted the shooting at Kulturhuset Krudttønden and the synagogue in Copenhagen taking place in 2015.

Madsen is an acclaimed director for the small screen, including the series 'Taxi' (1997) and 'Unit 1' (2000) as well as the six-part post-war noir 'The Spider' (2000). He has also directed several episodes of the US action-drama series 'Banshee' (2013-).
Title Year Function Category
Den grænseløse 2024 Direction DK/Feature
The Day We Died 2020 Direction, Screenplay DK/Feature
Shadow Boxer 2017 Executive producer DK/Short fiction
Itsi Bitsi 2014 Direction, Screenplay DK/Feature
Banshee 2013 Direction TV series
Banshee Origins 2013 Direction TV series
Superclásico 2011 Direction, Screenplay DK/Feature
Flame & Citron 2008 Direction, Screenplay DK/Feature
Prag 2006 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Nordkraft 2005 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Kira's Reason - a Love Story 2001 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Edderkoppen 2000 Direction, Script TV series
Unit 1 2000 Direction TV series
Pizza King 1999 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Sinans bryllup 1997 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
TAXA 1997 Direction TV series
Stormfulde hjerter 1994 Direction, Script TV film
The end 1993 Direction DK/Short fiction
The End 1993 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
For the Mad Only 1988 Direction, Script, Editing DK/Documentary