The Danish Girl


Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 8, 2015 6:30 PM
Rafael 3 Thu, Oct 8, 2015 6:45 PM
Century Larkspur 2 Thu, Oct 8, 2015 7:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Thu, Oct 8, 2015 7:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Opening Night
Running Time:120 min
Director:Tom Hooper
Producer:Tom Hooper
Gail Mutrux
Anne Harrison
Screenwriter:Lucinda Coxon
Cinematographer:Danny Cohen
Editor:Melanie Oliver
Cast:Eddie Redmayne
Alicia Vikander
Amber Heard
Sebastian Koch
Ben Whishaw
Matthias Schoenaerts
Print Source:Focus Features



Following his Oscar® winning crowd-pleaser The King’s Speech (MVFF 2010), director Tom Hooper explores another remarkable story from 20th-century European history with The Danish Girl, the story of renowned painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Marvelously played by Academy Award®-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, MVFF Spotlight 2014), Lili, born Einar, is in a happy marriage with fellow painter Gerda (rising star Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina) in this drama set in 1920s Copenhagen. When Gerda’s model doesn't show up for one of her portrait sessions, Einar takes her place, dressing in women's clothes for the first time, discovering a brand-new identity as Lili, and subsequently creating a new, complex dimension to the marriage. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), Sebastian Koch (Black Book), and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) also star in this beautifully lensed portrait of one of the pioneers of the transgender movement.

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Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for directing The King’s Speech (MVFF 2010), which was nominated for 12 Oscars and also won Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay. Hooper was a Directors Guild of America Award nominee for Les Misérables (2012), which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Among his other features as director are The Damned United (2009) and Red Dust (2004). He won Golden Globe Awards three years in a row for his HBO mini-series Elizabeth I (2005), Longford (2006), and John Adams (2008) and won an Emmy Award for directing Elizabeth I. His television work also includes Prime Suspect 6 (2003), Daniel Deronda (2002), and the miniseries Love in a Cold Climate (2001). At age 18, he wrote, directed, and produced the short film Painted Faces (1992), which premiered at the London Film Festival. At Oxford University, he directed theater productions starring his contemporaries Kate Beckinsale and Emily Mortimer, and directed his first television commercials. Hooper’s first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old, and shot on a Clockwork 16 mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film.