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. Kapgang - a movie starring Villads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen & Sidse Babett Knudsen . It is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who also directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dead Man Down & Worlds Apart. Kapgang deals with themes like growing up, sexuality, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Kapgang on Youtube.

    Release date 28-08-2014
    Rating 76%
    Country Denmark •
    Keywords confusing • memorable •
    Length 108 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Stille Hjerte (13-11-2014)
  4. Stille Hjerte - a movie starring Ghita Nørby, Morten Grunwald & Paprika Steen. It is directed by Bille August, who also directed The Color of Freedom, Pelle the Conqueror & The House of the Spirits. Stille Hjerte deals with themes like death, families, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Stille Hjerte on Youtube.

    Release date 13-11-2014
    Rating 73%
    Country Denmark •
    Keywords subtle • tragic •
    Length 97 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. When Animals Dream (28-08-2015)
  6. What we wrote:
    '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.

    When Animals Dream - a movie starring Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen & Sonja Richter. It is directed by Jonas Alexander Arnby, who also directed Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves & Hjemvendt. When Animals Dream deals with themes like animals, village, and incorporates drama, horror, mystery, and more elements.

    Trailer of When Animals Dream on Youtube.

    Release date 28-08-2015
    Rating 80%
    Country Denmark • France •
    Keywords creepy • dark •
    Length 84 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Vicevaerten (06-01-2013)
  8. What we wrote:
    '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.

    Vicevaerten - a movie starring Lars Mikkelsen, Julie Zangenberg & Peter Plaugborg . It is directed by Katrine Wiedemann, who also directed The Lady of Hamre . Vicevaerten deals with themes like relationships, sex, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Vicevaerten on Youtube.

    Release date 06-01-2013
    Rating 70%
    Country Denmark •
    Keywords absurd • incomparable •
    Length 88 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Kapringen (10-01-2013)
  10. What we wrote:
    '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.

    Kapringen - a movie starring Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling & Dar Salim. It is directed by Tobias Lindholm, who also directed The Hunt, A Hijacking & R. Kapringen deals with themes like men, third world, and incorporates drama, thriller, and more elements.

    Trailer of Kapringen on Youtube.

    Release date 10-01-2013
    Rating 82%
    Country Denmark •
    Keywords riveting • thrilling •
    Length 103 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Jagten (10-01-2013)
  12. Jagten - a movie starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen & Annika Wedderkopp. It is directed by Thomas Vinterberg, who also directed The Celebration, Submarino & Far from the Madding Crowd. Jagten deals with themes like bullying, social issue, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Jagten on Youtube.

    Release date 10-01-2013
    Rating 90%
    Country Denmark • Sweden •
    Keywords magnificent • spot-on •
    Length 115 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix


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