Best new Danish Movies (2016) - Top Netflix & Cinema

It sure is a miracle that a country so little produces so many brilliant movies. The Danish industry has been one of the leading figures in Europe. This list of movies will show you why.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Danish movies of 2016 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Thomas Vinterberg, Niels Arden Oplev & Anders Thomas Jensen Denmark's biggest directors?

How much greatness are you allowed to reasonably expect from a small film country like Denmark in 2013/2014? Judging by the best Danish films in its history, I’d say you may expect a lot. Because their best films are way better and more innovative than most films of small and big European countries alike, and the Danes have not only delivered quality, they also deliver quantity. In recent history, in the 2000’s, Denmark once again had the eye of the international film community following its every move. With Dogme 95 directors hitting maturity, and with other upcoming powerful filmmakers, both male and female, delivering new Danish films cinephiles go crazy for, Danish film was flourishing and breaking language barriers by exporting their films worldwide. Particularly commercially successful were the old Dogme 95 giants like Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac, 2014) and Thomas Vinterberg (Jagten, 2012) who kept experimenting with film and continuously pushing its boundaries, both in terms of style and content. But there were also the luxury oozing drama films by Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, 2005), the magnificently absurd comedies by Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam’s Apples, 2005)), and the violent crime films (the Pusher trilogy) by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, 2011).

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Best Danish movies on Netflix or DVD in 2016

Best Danish movies out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Kapgang (28-08-2014)
  2. Trailer of Kapgang on Youtube

    Release date28-08-2014
    DirectorNiels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dead Man Down & Worlds Apart)
    StarringVillads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen & Sidse Babett Knudsen
    Themesgrowing up, sexuality, drama,
    CountryDenmark •
    Keywordsconfusing • memorable •
    Length108 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Stille Hjerte (13-11-2014)
  4. Trailer of Stille Hjerte on Youtube

    Release date13-11-2014
    DirectorBille August (The Color of Freedom, Pelle the Conqueror & The House of the Spirits)
    StarringGhita Nørby, Morten Grunwald & Paprika Steen
    Themesdeath, families, drama,
    CountryDenmark •
    Keywordssubtle • tragic •
    Length97 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. When Animals Dream (28-08-2015)
  6. When Animal Dreams is the first feature film of video clip director Arnby turned film director. And that shows; this unusual coming of age werewolf story about a young girl in a remote fishing village who has to come to terms with her strange powers looks very flashy. Plot-wise, When Animals Dreams falls short from time to time, but Arnby succeeds in creating an outlandish world that feels very naturalistic and poetic at the same time.

    Trailer of When Animals Dream on Youtube

    Release date28-08-2015
    DirectorJonas Alexander Arnby (Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves & Hjemvendt)
    StarringSonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen & Sonja Richter
    Themesanimals, village, drama, horror, mystery,
    CountryDenmark • France •
    Keywordscreepy • dark •
    Length84 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Vicevaerten (06-01-2013)
  8. This small by Lars von Trier executively produced absurdist, and pleasantly disturbing erotic tale, is one of the most interesting films to have been released in 2013. It was written by Kim Fupz Aakeson (best known for the British Perfect Sense, 2011) who is not unfamiliar with writing screenplays about films in which sex and perversions are exposed incredibly honestly. The premise of Vicevaerten (English title: The Caretaker’s tale) is very rich: it is about a bitter and unpleasant man who comes across a beautiful and mysterious girl who lives in his apartment building, and is completely naked and turns out to have sexual healing powers. He is not very reluctant to make full use of this. It was pretty well exploited, but I cannot help feeling that there was a bit more there. It stays perhaps a little bit too superficial, but this was probably what director Katrine Wiedemann was going for. A film you should definitely check out. Here is a trailer with English subtitles.

    Trailer of Vicevaerten on Youtube

    Release date06-01-2013
    DirectorKatrine Wiedemann (The Lady of Hamre )
    StarringLars Mikkelsen, Julie Zangenberg & Peter Plaugborg
    Themesrelationships, sex, drama,
    CountryDenmark •
    Keywordsabsurd • incomparable •
    Length88 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Kapringen (10-01-2013)
  10. Kapringen or The Hijacking is the new Tobias Lindhom film. Lindhom is probably the most important new name in the Danish cinema of the 10’s. He is best known for writing screenplays for Vinterberg’s drama’s, like for Jagten and Submarino, but he made his own directorial debut with R in 2010, together with action film director Michael Noer. Now at the end of 2012 (released internationally in 2013) he made a film about the hot international topic of Somali pirating, and can therefore best be explained in contrast to that other hijacking film, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips (2013) with Tom Hanks. In Kapringen a ship also gets hijacked by Somalian pirates, but where Captain Phillips relies heavily on suspense, and is tense and jittery with a shaky cam, only to become emotionally engaging at the very end, Kapringen is much more understated and has a lot less ‘action’, but leaves the viewer behind with a better understanding of the pirates, and leaves you behind much more devastated.

    Trailer of Kapringen on Youtube

    Release date10-01-2013
    DirectorTobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A Hijacking & R)
    StarringPilou Asbæk, Søren Malling & Dar Salim
    Themesmen, third world, drama, thriller,
    CountryDenmark •
    Keywordsriveting • thrilling •
    Length103 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Jagten (10-01-2013)
  12. Trailer of Jagten on Youtube

    Release date10-01-2013
    DirectorThomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, Submarino & Far from the Madding Crowd)
    Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen & Annika Wedderkopp
    Themesbullying, social issue, drama,
    CountryDenmark • Sweden •
    Keywordsmagnificent • spot-on •
    Length115 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix


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