New Danish films of 2013/2014 top 7

After terribly successful years with the latest great Danish films like the drama film ‘Jagten’, the historical film ‘A Royal Affair’, we are eagerly awaiting Danish movies in 2014 and rank the best Danish movies of 2013. Here a list with the upcoming best Danish films being released in Cinema and on DVD in 2013/2014. From charming romantic comedies to detective thrillers, and Danish drama. 

Top 7 Best Danish films released in 2013 & 2014 in cinema’s in the US and UK

In all honesty, 2013 in Danis cinema was a bit of a disappointment. You would almost think that their attention has shifted towards television a bit too much. By far the best thing coming from Denmark was Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, which was released in 2014 and is one of the most interesting films ever made. Part 1 is already released, but Part 2 is forthcoming in January 2014. Here the best new Danish films in order of year of release.

The Keeper of Lost Causes (2014) 

For 2014 you mainly need to make sure you catch this Danish feature film. It is going to be the next big thing coming from Scandinavia in terms of thriller cinema. The ‘Keeper of Lost Causes’ aka ‘Kvinden I Buret’ is the first adaptation of the four books by popular Danish thriller author Jussi Adler-Olsen. It will be directed by the director of the terribly funny film ‘Klown’ (2010), Mikkel Nørgaard, and is written by the screenplay writer of the Swedish millennium trilogy, Nikolay Arcel. It is about two detectives who investigate cold cases. It has already been released in Denmark, and it seems it is the best Danish movie of 2014.


This time a light romcom by prize-winning Danish film-maker Susanne Bier. After heavy drama films like Oscar winning ‘In a Better World’ we do not mind seeing her making a little return in the romantic comedy genre. With 650.000 visitors, it was the second best watched movie in Danish cinema in 2012. It is now also scheduled to be released in the UK (19 April 2013) and in the US. Perhaps not one of the best Danish movies of 2013, but definitely a popular one. It is about a women who, while she has cancer, finds out her husband is cheating on her. She immediately decided to pack her things and head for Italy. There she stumbles into an attractive, but troubled man (Pierce Brosnan).

In 2013 Susanne Bier is also coming with an American release, the film Serena with Bradley Cooper set in North Carolina at the time of the great depression. Filming has just completed.

Interested in more Europan romcoms? Check out the new romantic comedies of 2013 – best romcoms.


A film that is already being received by the critics with open arms. A Danish thriller/action film with a heavy theme – the crew of a transport boat are hijacked by Somali pirates. After the hijacking pirates start the difficult negotiations with the Danish government. The film is directed Tobias Lindholm, the renowned writer of 2012’s blockbuster ‘Jagten’ with Mads Mikkelsen. The movie comes out next month in July 2013.


Perhaps not the best of Danish cinema, but definitely very funny in the somewhat simple way. Not the most sophisticated of Danish humor, but definitely very accessible for the bigger international audience. It is about the classic bank job gone wrong. It is written by the talented Anders Thomas Jensen, who we love because of clever comedies like Adam’s Apples and Flickering Lights. He also writes the screenplays for the above mentioned Susanne Bier.


A very promising Danish thriller of 2013 with Sofia Grabol, the female detective in the hit series The Killing. The Killing has just completed its third and very exciting season, but she has apparently feels like making more thrillers. You will not hear us complain. I Lossens time is about a female priest who is approached by a scientist who begs her to help uncover the truth about what has been happening in a psychiatric ward. This new Danish film will be released in May 2013 in Denmark. No US or UK release date has been announced so far.

Other notable new Danish productions in English – American productions.

There is always something going on with Danish film-makers abroad. A few very interesting Danish directors are on the move, also in 2013.

Nymphomaniac by Lars von Trier – Release date: Summer of 2013

Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn – (Pusher) | Release: 23 of May 2013

In Bangkok a dispute between a gangster and a police officer is settled by taking up the gloves in a thai-boxing ring.

The Danish Movies we look forward to in 2012 – Best Danish Movies 2012

For a complete list you should scroll down the page. Here are the two Danish Films we feel that you cannot miss this year. The best Danish films of 2012.

Fortidens Skygge – Those who kill | 15-03-2012

new and upcoming danish movie of 2012

Full Title: Those Who Kill – Shadow of the Past

  • Directed by Birger Larssen
  • Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Laura Bach, Lars Mikkelsen and Lærke Winther
  • Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Thriller

The theatrical film version of the popular Danish TV Series Those Who Kill. For those who do not know the series: it is about detective Kathrine Ries Jensen who works together with a legal psychiatrist Thomas Schaeffer. They are part of a special unit which specializes in serial murders. In the movie a dangerous patient from Thomas his past resurfaces.

Trailer of the film:

En Kongelige Affaere – A Royal Affair | Release date: 29 March 2012

Directed by Nicolaj Arcel

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Alicia Vikander

A film directed by the screenplay writer of ‘The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo’. A Royal Affair is starring our favorite Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. He plays the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee, the physician of the royal family who gets a strong grip on the young queen. Together they start a revolution. This is a very famous Danish story that is finally brought to the screen.

Trailer of a Royal Affaire:

List of Upcoming Danish Movies of 2012


  • 10 timer til Paradis – Teddy Bear | 26-01-2012
  • Lærkevej – Til døden os skiller – Park Road  | 02-02-2012
  • Hvidsten Gruppe – The Village | 01-03-2012
  • En kongelig affære – A Royal Affair | 29-03-2012
  • Volcano | 18-04-2012
  • The Secret Society of Fine Arts | 01-05-2012
  • Over Kanten – (English Title not yet announced) | 03-05-2012
  • Gummi T – Jelly T | 16-05-2012
  • Fuglejagten – The Twitchers | 07-06-2012
  • Det grå guld / Grey Gold | 23-8-2012
  • Den skaldede frisør – (English title not yet announced) | 30-08-2012
  • You and me Forever | 06-09-2012
  • En dans på roser – English Title not yet announced | 12-09-2012
  • Kapringen – English title not yet announced | 20-09-2012
  • Labrador – Out of Bounds | 01-10-2012
  • Marco Macaco | 11-10-2012
  • Viceværten – The Caretaker | 25-10-2012
  • Sover Dolly på ryggen – English title not yet announced | 08-11-2012
  • Marie Krøyer | 15-11-2012

Source: Danish Film Institute