Danish director born in Copenhagen in 1959. She graduated from the Danish Film Academy in 1984 and made her directorial debut in 1990 with the film Kaj’s fødselsdag (The Birthday Trip), selected for the Panorama section at Berlin Festival, the New Directors Award at the New York Museum of Modern Art and Rouen Festival, at which she obtained two major prizes. She spent a couple of years writing and directing short films and working for radio and television as a writer and director of series and programmes, including the amusing comedy series, Flemming og Berit (1994) and Taxa (1997), on which she coincided with some of the actors later to star in her movies. In 1998 she directed her second feature film, an amusing comedy for children entitled Når mor kommer hjem (On Our Own) with which she won the Grand Prix at Montreal Festival and the Cinekid Prize at Amsterdam.
The year 2000 saw her international takeoff thanks to the enormous success of the comedy Italiensk for begyndere (Italian for Beginners), member of the Dogma 95 movement, winner of a Silver Bear at Berlin, the Golden Spike at Valladolid and many other awards at festivals around the world. Widely released, Italian for Beginners became the most popular Dogma movie in the world.
In 2002 she directed Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, shot in Scotland, in English, and without following the Dogma Vow of Chastity. This black comedy, winner of awards at several festivals, served to consolidate Lone Scherfig’s filmography as unpredictable, based on absurd humour, optimism and the fragility of relations between people, the foundations of a cinema loved by audiences the world over.
Niece of the great author Hans Scherfig, Lone shares his ability to subtly portray reality, of getting under the skin of her creatures to show what makes them good or bad in her stories, of prodding them on in a delicate balance between melancholy and humour.
She is currently collaborating on a TV series entitled Kroniken and is putting the last touches to her next movie, Erik Nietzsche-The Early Years, in pre-production.