Anders Thomas Jensen

Anders Thomas Jensen
Born (1972-04-06) 6 April 1972
Frederiksværk, Denmark
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Line Kruse

Anders Thomas Jensen (born 6 April 1972 in Frederiksværk) is a Danish screenwriter and film director.

Life and career

Jensen 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 and Men & Chicken.'

"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 latest screenplay is The Dark Tower film based on one of Stephen King's novels which he'll co-write with Nikolaj Arcel, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. It will be Jensen's first screenplay he has written for America.



  1. David Bordwell: Essay on Danish Cinema, in Film #55, 2007, page 18

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