DEAD MAN DOWN
NIELS ARDEN OPLEV (Director) is best known for helming the critically acclaimed worldwide hit The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Noomi Rapace and based on the bestselling novel by Stieg Larsson. Oplev's fifth feature, it became the highest-grossing Scandinavian film of all time and the only one to gross more than $100 million at the box office. It was also the highest-grossing European film of 2009. Among many other honors, the film won the Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and the Best Film and Best Leading Actress prizes at the Swedish Film Awards. It also received three European Film Award nominations.
Oplev is directing the pilot episode of "Under the Dome," the new 13-part series based on Stephen King's 2009 novel of the same name. Penned by "Lost" writer Brian K. Vaughan, the series premieres in June. In 2011 Oplev directed the pilot for the CBS hit "Unforgettable," starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh. A People's Choice Award nominee for Best New Series, the drama returns for its second season this summer.
The Danish director graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1989. His first narrative feature Kyndelmisse and his documentary Hugo fra Himmerland were seen as an impressive debut. Oplev then directed the documentary Den sovende (1990) and the dramatic shorts Tusmorke (1990) and Nogen (1992), the documentary Ritualer, enerum (1992) and the telefilm "En success" (1993).
Oplev then directed nine episodes of the Channel One (DR) series "Taxa" ("Taxi"). His work for television continued with the 2002 International Emmy Award winner "Rejseholdet" ("Unit 1"). Directing the first three episodes, Oplev developed the visual concept for the series and cast the recurrent roles. After doing the same job for "Forsvar" ("Defense"), he continued his conceptual work as the director of "Oernen" ("The Eagle"), which also became an International Emmy Award winner in 2005.
Oplev's feature film debut, Portland (1996), was the first and most controversial film in the "new wave" of Danish films made in the mid-90s. The film, portraying a violent underground in a northern, rural part of Denmark, was selected for competition at the Berlin Film Festival (1996), opened the 1997 Danish film week at Lincoln Center in New York City and received critical acclaim in both The Hollywood Reporter and the New York press.
Next Oplev made the wild, dark comedy Fukssvansen (Chop Chop) in 2001. The film won three Danish film awards. His third feature film, We Shall Overcome (Drommen), was released in 2006. The film became the highest-grossing Danish release of that year and won 30 international awards, among them the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Oplev's To Verdener (Worlds Apart) was released in 2008 and became a hit in Denmark. The film screened in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, played the Tribeca and AFI film festivals in the U.S., and won the SIGNIS prize at Festroia in Portugal.
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