The multi-award winning Danish director/writer Jesper Nielsen directed BBC’s 6-parter Redwater in Ireland for producer Vicky Wharton. His latest feature, The Day Will Come, premiered in Copenhagen in early April. He is also one of the directors on a new Danish crime series Dicte screening on More 4 HD – it was earlier shown on Netflix.
He is best known outside Scandinavia for his work on 6 of the 30 episodes of Borgen, DR’s international hit series shown in more than 80 countries. His most successful feature to date is Okay (Bech Company) which remains one of the most popular Danish films of all time. A year after its release he won the Dreyer Award, Danish cinema’s annual award for artistic merit, putting him in the illustrious company of Lars von Trier, Lone Scherfig, Susanne Bier and Thomas Vinterberg.
In all he has directed, written or edited more than 23 features and more than 60 episodes of tv drama. He is the director The Seaside Hotel, a major new drama series for TV2, set in a North Sea resort in the late 1920s – early 1930s.
Jesper’s other major feature credits include Through A Glass Darkly for Norway’s 4½ Film; The Store Planer and Man Behind The Door, both for Angel Films. His earlier tv includes Lykke, a multi-episodic series about big business, also for DR; Pagten, a 20 episode family adventure; and Summer, which he also created and continued as head writer.
A graduate of the Danish National Film School, Jesper’ initial entry into the film business was as an editor but he quickly progressed into writing and directing and made his big breakthrough with ground-breaking films for children and teenagers in which he tackled subjects previously considered too adult. Children and progressive parents loved Veiled Hearts, The Boogieman, Little Big Sister and The Last Viking and they provided further impetus towards building his current successful career.
Through a Glass Darkly won both The Children’s and The Adult Jury’s Award at the 2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival as well as Norway’s Amanda Award.Okay was Nominated for The AFI Festival, Jury Award, The Bodil Award, Ghent Grand Prix, Locarno Golden Leopard, Nordic Film Prize, Denmark’s Robert Award and won Locarno’s C.I.C.A.E Award. He was Nominated for The Robert for Lykke and won it forVeiled Hearts.
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