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Lone Scherfig

Scherfig at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival [1]
Born 2 May 1959

Lone Scherfig (born2 May 1959) is a film director born in Copenhagen, Denmark. She graduated Danish Film School in 1984, and began her career as a director with Kaj's fødselsdag "A Birthday Trip". She made her mark with the Dogme95-film, Italian for Beginners (Italiensk for begyndere, 2000), a romantic comedy which among its many international awards won the Silver Berlin Bear (Jury Prize) at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival. It is credited as the most profitable Scandinavian film to date. [2]

Most recently she's directed An Education (2009), based on an autobiographical article by British journalist Lynn Barber[3]. The independent film has been nominated for three of the 82nd Academy Awards. [4] [5]


Quick Facts

  • Her great-uncle is the Danish writer Hans Scherfig
  • Part of the Dogme 95 film movement, which espouses a form of cinéma vérité [6]
  • Italian for Beginners was shot on a budget of less than a million dollars [7]


Year Film Role Notes
1985 Margrethes elsker Director TV
1990 Kaj's fødselsdag (The Birthday Trip) Director Won Club Espace Award Rouen Nordic Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Rouen Nordic Film Festival[8]
1993 Den gode lykke Director TV
1994 Flemming og Berit Director 6 episodes
1997 Taxa Director TV series
Taxa Writer 2 episodes
1998 Når mor kommer hjem (On Our Own) Writer, Director Won - Cinekid Film Award [9]
2000 Korch - Ved stillebækken Writer, Director 11 episodes
Italiensk for begyndere (Italian for Beginners) Writer, Director 20 Awards [10]
2002 Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Writer, Director Won 11 awards [11]
2005 Krøniken Director 1 episode
2006 Red Road Characters
2007 Hjemve (Just Like Home) Writer, Director
2009 An Education Director Nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay
Rounding Up Donkeys Characters



What critics are saying about Lone Scherfig's latest film, An Education

  • "An unqualified breakout" - Indiewire [13]
  • "A quiet miracle of a movie that quickly disabuses you of the idea that you've seen it all before" - Rolling Stone [14]
  • "Invariably funny and inexpressibly moving" Los Angeles Times [15]
  • "Romantic and wonderfully entertaining" - Roger Ebert [16]



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  2. ^ Farmer, Lucy "THE Q&A: LONE SCHERFIG, FILMMAKER". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ Mosby, Jessica (2009-11-12) "Coming of Age in 1960s London: Interview with An Education's Director Lone Scherfig". Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  5. ^ Nielsen, Peter [ "Biography for Lone Scherfig"]. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Lone Scherfig Biography". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Lone Scherfig Biography". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
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  13. ^ Ramos, Steve (2009-10-05) "REVIEW Sweet and Wonderful: Lone Scherfig’s “An Education"". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  14. ^ Travers, Peter (2009-10-08) "Education". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  15. ^ Turan, Kenneth (2009-10-09) "'An Education'". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  16. ^ Ebert, Roger (2009-10-12) "An Education". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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