Talent Guide

Pernille Christensen

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2010


Pernille Fischer Christensen is a Danish film director and the older sister of actor Stine Fischer Christensen. She started her movie career as an assistant to Tomas Gislason. During that time, Gislason was closely connected to Lars von Trier, and Christensen was privy to Gislason and von Trier’s discussions on movies. In 1993, she went to The European Film College where she collaborated with Nanna Arnfred. In 1999, she graduated from the National Film School of Denmark with the movie India, which later went on to win the Cinefondations 3rd Prize at the film festival in Cannes. Her next short, Habibti My Love won a Robert in 2003 for Best Short Subject. Her first feature film, En Soap, came out in 2006 and centered on the relationship between a female beauty shop owner and the transsexual living downstairs. Christensen wrote En Soap in collaboration with Kim Fupz Aakeson. The movie opened at the Berlin Film Festival where it won a Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix Award, and the first ever Best First Feature Award. The movie went on to win several prizes in Denmark, including a Bodil for Best Movie, 15 Robert Awards nominations, including Best Movie and Best Screenplay, and 4 Robert Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editor and Best Make-up. Her next feature film Dancers, written again in collaboration with Aakeson, centered on a dance school run by the bright and lively Annika and her no-nonsense mother. The Danish newspaper Information listed Dancers as one of the 10 most expected movies of 2008. Her 2010 film A Family, was presented at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.