BIOGRAPHY

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Born in 1947 in Copenhagen, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen remains one of Denmark’s most successful film directors. After qualifying as an electrical engineer in 1968, he went to Prague to study at FAMU graduating in documentary films in 1970. Søren’s 1978 debut feature WANNA SEE MY BEAUTIFUL NAVEL together with the follow-up feature RUBBER TARZAN (1981) have become modern classics helping define the youth film genre not only in Denmark but all over Scandinavia. It was followed by THUNDERBIRDS (1983), EMMA’S SHADOW (1988), GULDREGN (1988), THE BOYS FROM ST. PETRI (1991), THE ISLAND ON BIRD STREET (1997), MIFUNE (1999), SKAGERRAK (2003), WHAT NO ONE KNOWS (2008) and THE HOUR OF THE LYNX (2013 – I Lossens Time).

Several of Søren’s films have won Danish Academy Awards for Best Film and his international honours include the Unicef 1st Prize for Best Children’s Feature at the 1982 Berlin Film Festival for RUBBER TARZAN, Special Jury Prize for EMMA’S SHADOW at the 1990 Paris Film Festival, Golden Bear nomination at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival and 3 subsequent Emmy awards for THE ISLAND ON BIRD STREET, Grand Jury Silver Bear and Audience Award at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival for MIFUNE and a Golden St. George nomination at the 2003 Moscow International Film Festival for SKAGERRAK. WHAT NO ONE KNOWS screened in the Berlinale’s prestigious panorama selection in 2008.

Besides directing, Søren is a much loved singer-songwriter with several successful albums to his credit.