Last updated
Industry Motion Picture
Genre Animation, comedy, drama
Founder Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Headquarters Hvidovre, Denmark
Key people
Anders Kjaerhauge (CEO)
Products Film
Website zentropa.dk

Zentropa, or Zentropa Entertainments, is a Danish film company started in 1992 by director Lars von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen. [1] Zentropa is named after the train company Zentropa in the film Europa (1991), which started the collaboration between von Trier and Jensen.



It has produced over 70 feature films and has become the largest film production company in Scandinavia. It owns a number of subsidiary companies in Europe. [2] Zentropa is also responsible for creating a large studio complex called Filmbyen (Film City), where both Zentropa and many other film-related companies are located. [3]

Zentropa may be best known for creating the Dogme 95 movement, leading to such acclaimed films as Idioterne (1998), Festen (1998) and Mifunes sidste sang (1999). [4]

In 1998, von Trier made history by having his company Zentropa to be the world's first mainstream film company to produce hardcore pornographic films, under the division Puzzy Power. Three of these films, Constance (1998), Pink Prison (1999), and the adult/mainstream crossover-feature All About Anna (2005), were made primarily for a female audience and were extremely successful in Europe, with the first two being directly responsible for the legalising of pornography in Norway in March 2006. [5]

Women too like to see other people having sex. What they don't like is the endless close-ups of hammering bodyparts without a story. Von Trier is the first to have realised this and produced valuable quality porn films for women.

Stern No. 40, 27 September 2007 [6]

Zentropa's initiative spearheaded a European wave of female-friendly porn films from directors such as Anna Span, Erika Lust and Petra Joy, while von Trier's company Zentropa was forced to abandon the experiment due to pressure from its English business partners. [7] In July 2009, women's magazine Cosmopolitan ranked Pink Prison as No. 1 in its Top Five of the best women's porn, calling it the "role model for the new porn-generation". [8]

Sexual harassment allegations

In November 2017, in the wake of the Me Too movement, nine women – all former employees at Zentropa – spoke of an "ingrained" culture of abuse at the studio. Several of the those interviewed said that their treatment had prompted them to stop working in the film industry altogether. [9] [10] Jensen, the company's co-founder, was specifically accused of sexual misconduct and sidelined from operations. An internal memo stated that he would no longer exercise "influence on the daily leadership of the company [and] will not partake in any management meetings." [11] According to von Trier, Jensen stepped down and passed to Anders Kjaerhauge as CEO of Zentropa [12] when the former's further allegations of harassment came to light. [13]

Selected productions

Just Like BeautyTBATBAFeature
Families Like OursTBA Thomas Vinterberg Miniseries
Forever2022Frelle PetersenFeature
The Kingdom Exodus 2022 Lars Von Trier Miniseries
Rushed 2021 Vibeke Muasya Feature
Another Round 2020 Thomas Vinterberg Feature; Won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Riders of Justice 2020 Anders Thomas Jensen Feature
Sweat 2020 Magnus von Horn Feature
Hope 2019 Maria Sødahl Feature
Monty and the Street Party  [ da ]2019 Anders Morgenthaler, Mikael Wulff Animated feature
The Other Lamb 2019 Małgorzata Szumowska Feature
Journal 64  [ da ]2018 Christoffer Boe Feature
The House That Jack Built 2018 Lars Von Trier Feature
Vitello 2018Dorte BengtsonAnimated feature
The Day Will Come 2016 Jesper W. Nielsen Feature
The Model2015 Mads Matthiesen  [ da ]Feature - The Model in the Danish Film Database
Vitello Dugs a Hole2015Dorte BengtsonAnimated short feature
A Second Chance 2014 Susanne Bier Feature
On the Edge (2014 film)  [ da ]2014 Christian E. Christiansen Feature
The Absent One (2014 film) 2014 Mikkel Nørgaard  [ da ]Feature
The Salvation 2014 Kristian Levring Feature
The Hunt 2013 Thomas Vinterberg Feature
The Keeper of Lost Causes 2013 Mikkel Nørgaard  [ da ]Feature - The Keeper of Lost Causes in the Danish Film Database
Nymphomaniac 2013 Lars von Trier Feature
A Caretaker's Tale 2012 Katrine Wiedemann  [ da ]Feature
A Royal Affair 2012 Nikolaj Arcel Feature
The Secret Society of Fine Arts 2012 Anders Rønnow Klarlund Feature
Love Is All You Need 2012Susanne BierFeature
Perfect Sense 2012 David Mackenzie Feature
Melancholia 2011Lars von TrierFeature
Rebounce 2011 Heidi Maria Faisst Feature
Vlogger 2011Ricard Gras Machinima; produced as Zentropa International Spain
Love Is in the Air2011 Simon Staho Feature
ID A 2011Christian E. ChristiansenFeature
Erotic Man 2010 Jørgen Leth Feature - Erotic Man in the Danish Film Database
The Red Chapel 2010 Mads Brügger Documentary
The Woman That Dreamed About a Man 2010 Per Fly Feature
A Family 2010 Pernille Fischer Christensen Feature
In a Better World 2010Susanne BierFeature; Won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Truth About Men 2010 Nikolaj Arcel Feature
Donkeys 2010 Morag McKinnon Feature
Nothing's All Bad 2010 Mikkel Munch-Fals  [ da ]Feature
Berik 2010 Daniel Borgman Short fiction
Klown 2010Mikkel NørgaardFeature
Antichrist 2009Lars von TrierFeature
The Blessing2009Heidi Maria FaisstFeature - The Blessing in the Danish Film Database
Love & Rage (2009 film)  [ da ]2009 Morten Giese Feature
Mammoth 2009 Lukas Moodysson Feature
Metropia 2009 Tarik Saleh Animated feature
Zoomers 2009Christian E. ChristiansenFeature
Go with peace Jamil  [ da ]2008 Omar Shargawi  [ da ]Feature
Oneway-ticket to Korsør  [ da ]2008 Gert Fredholm Feature
Fear Me Not 2008Kristian LevringFeature
Little Soldier 2008 Annette K. Olesen Feature
Island of Lost Souls 2007Nikolaj ArcelFeature
How to Get Rid of Others  [ da ]2007Anders Rønnow KlarlundFeature
Echo 2007 Anders Morgenthaler Feature
At Night 2007 Christian E. Christiansen Short fiction
The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1  [ da ]2007 Jacob Thuesen Feature
Råzone 2006Christian E. ChristiansenFeature
The Boss of it All 2006Lars von TrierFeature
Snuppet 2006 Martin Vrede Nielsen Feature
All About Anna 2005 Jessica Nilsson Feature
Manderlay 2005Lars von TrierFeature
When Children Play in the Sky 2005 Lorenzo Hendel Feature - Den sidste åndemaner in the Danish Film Database
Brothers 2004Susanne BierFeature
South (film)  [ nl ]2004 Martin Koolhoven Feature
Strings 2004 Anders Rønnow Klarlund Animated feature
The Five Obstructions 2003Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth Feature
Sea of Silence 2003 Stijn Coninx Feature
Dogville 2003Lars von TrierFeature
Charlie Butterfly 2002 Dariusz Steiness Feature - Charlie Butterfly in the Danish Film Database
Minor Mishaps 2002Annette K. OlesenFeature
House of Hearts 2002 Elisabeth Rygaard  [ da ]Feature
Truly Human 2001 Åke Sandgren Feature
One-Hand Clapping 2001Gert FredholmFeature
Chop Chop 2001 Niels Arden Oplev Feature
D-Dag 2001Lars von Trier, Kristian Levring, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Thomas VinterbergTV film
Foreign Fields  [ da ]2000 Aage Rais-Nordentoft  [ da ]Feature
Dancer in the dark 2000Lars von TrierFeature
The Bench 2000Per FlyFeature
The Dog Hotel 2000 Per Åhlin Animated feature
HotMen CoolBoyz2000Knud VesterskovFeature
Italian for Beginners 2000 Lone Scherfig Feature
The King Is Alive 2000Kristian LevringFeature
Ikingut 2000 Gísli Snær Erlingsson Feature
Miracle (2000 film)  [ da ]2000 Natasha Arthy Feature
The lady of Hamre  [ da ]2000Katrine WiedemannFeature
Together 2000Lukas MoodyssonFeature
A Summer Tale 2000 Ulf Malmros Feature
Possessed (1999 film) 1999Anders Rønnow KlarlundFeature
Pink Prison 1999 Lisbeth Lynghøft Feature
I Wonder Who's Kissing You Now? 1998 Henning Carlsen Feature
Constance 1998 Knud Vesterskov Feature
Love Fools 1998 Leif Magnusson Feature
The Last Viking 1997 Jesper W. Nielsen Feature
Credo 1997Susanne BierFeature
The Kingdom II 1997Lars von TrierMiniseries
Portland 1996Niels Arden OplevFeature
Breaking the waves 1996Lars von TrierFeature
The Greatest Heroes 1996Thomas VinterbergFeature
Harry & Sonja 1996 Björn Runge Feature
The Eighteenth 1996Anders Rønnow KlarlundFeature
Carmen & Babyface  [ da ]1995 Jon Bang Carlsen  [ da ]Feature
Love Me, Love Me Not (1995 film)  [ da ]1995 Carsten Sønder Feature
The Beast Within (1995 film)  [ da ]1995 Carsten Rudolf Feature
Pan 1995 Henning Carlsen Feature
Á köldum klaka 1995 Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Feature
The Kingdom 1994Lars von TrierMiniseries
Bíódagar 1994Friðrik Þór FriðrikssonFeature
Pretty Boy (1993 film)  [ da ]1993Carsten SønderFeature
Family Matters 1993Susanne BierFeature
Michael Laudrup: A football player 1993Jørgen LethDocumentary



Zentropa won many awards and nominations from local ceremonies including Robert and Bodil, as well as two Academy Award for Best International Feature Film for In a Better World and Another Round, both were directed by critically acclaimed Dogme 95-competitors Susanne Bier and Thomas Vinterberg.

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