LONE SCHERFIG'S most recent film as director was An Education, adapted by Nick
from Lynn Barber's memoir. An Education received three Academy Award
for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress (Carey Mulligan).
Scherfig was a BAFTA and British Independent Film Award nominee for Best
and Ms. Mulligan won both of those Awards for Best Actress.
The movie received many other honors, including winning the World Cinema
Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2009 Mill
Valley Film Festival; receiving two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, for
Mulligan's portrayal and for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion
(recognizing the entire ensemble); being nominated for four Critics' Choice
Awards; and, awarded to Ms. Scherfig, the Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film.
In her native Denmark, she began her career directing award-winning commercials
television dramas. Her first feature as director, The Birthday Trip, was
screened at the
1991 Berlin International Film Festival and won several awards at festivals
Her second feature, On Our Own, won the Grand Prize at the Montreal Film
Ms. Scherfig next wrote and directed Denmark's fifth official "Dogmeā€¯ film,
Beginners. It was this feature that brought her to the attention of the
industry, critics, and moviegoers. At the 2001 Berlin International Film
Festival, the film
won the Silver Bear Jury Prize for Best Director, the FIPRESCI International
Award, and the Ecumenical Prize. Additional awards from around the world for the
picture included Best Original Screenplay from the Danish Film Academy; the
International Film Festival's Best Film Audience Award; Best Director, Best
Best Actor (Peter Gantzler) honors at the Valladolid International Film
People's Choice Award at the Warsaw Film Festival; Best Screenplay and Best
awards at the Festival D'Arcachon in France; Best Film at the Paris
Festival; and a Goya Award nomination for Best European Film.
Her first English-language film was Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, which she
with Anders Thomas Jensen; and which starred Jamie Sives, Shirley Henderson,
Rawlins, and Mads Mikkelsen. Honors for the picture included Best Screenplay at
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen; Best Picture at the Skip City Festival in
four British Independent Film Award nominations, including Best Screenplay.
with Mr. Jensen, Ms. Scherfig conceived and wrote the characters on which
writer/director Andrea Arnold's Red Road was based. Ms. Arnold received the Jury
for Best Direction at the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival.
Ms. Scherfig's other features as director include Just Like Home, which reunited
actor Peter Gantzler and which she co-wrote with Niels Hausgaard.
She is a recipient of Denmark's prestigious Carl Theodor Dreyer Honorary Award.
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