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Anders August

Danish screenwriter Anders August (b. 1978) has a wealth of experience in major TV shows, feature films and shorts, and is the recipient of Denmark’s biggest film award: The Nordisk Film Award.

August graduated as a screenwriter from the National Film School of Denmark in 2007 and started his career by writing the script for the Oscar-nominated short film The Pig (2008). He has since garnered success with feature films including the 2012 Oscar-shortlisted comedy Superclásico (2011), the critically acclaimed A Funny Man (2011), which was the biggest Danish box-office hit that year, and the lauded Summer of ’92 (2015). All three films earned him nominations for ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Robert Festival, as well as nominations for ‘Best Film’. For television, August has written for hit series such as Park Road (2009), The Legacy (2014) and Follow the Money (2016). Recently, he has lived and worked in Los Angeles and has written pilots for BBC AMERICA/AMC, and others.

August’s latest feature A Fortunate Man, which is based on Nobel prize-winning author Henrik Pontoppidan’s 1898 novel Lykke-Per, premiered in August 2018 and has since received outstanding reviews. The project, which also aired as a miniseries on Danish TV 2 in 2019, is the biggest fiction project so far from the Danish broadcasting channel TV 2 and ranks as one of the most ambitious European series to date.

Awards

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Zulu Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Sommeren '92 Summer of '92 2016
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Best Nordic Film) Sweden – The Model 2016
Robert Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Sommeren '92 Summer of '92 2016
Robert Awards Nominee (Best Original Screenplay) Denmark – Sommeren '92 Summer of '92 2016
Bodil Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Sommeren '92 Summer of '92 2016
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Best Nordic Film) Sweden – Nøgle hus spejl Key House Mirror 2015
Netia Off Camera Festival Nominee (Best Film) Poland – Nøgle hus spejl Key House Mirror 2015
Robert Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Denmark – Superclásico 2012
Ole Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Superclásico 2012
Robert Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Superclásico 2012
Robert Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Denmark – Dirch A Funny Man 2012
Bodil Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Superclásico 2012
Bodil Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Dirch A Funny Man 2012
Robert Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Dirch A Funny Man 2012
Zulu Award (Best Film) Denmark – Dirch A Funny Man 2012
The Nordisk Film Award Denmark 2011
EDA Awards Nominee (Best Non-English Language Film) – Applaus Applause 2011
Bodil Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Applaus Applause 2010
Robert Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Applaus Applause 2010
Warsaw International Film Festival Nominee (Best Short) Poland – Grisen The Pig 2009
Ghent International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Belgium – Applaus Applause 2009
Academy Awards Nominee (Best Short Film) US – Grisen The Pig 2009
Warsaw International Film Festival (Audience Award) Poland – Grisen The Pig 2009
Zurich Film Festival Nominee (Best International Feature Film) Switzerland – Applaus Applause 2009
Miami Short Film Festival (Best Narrative) US – Grisen The Pig 2008
Miami International Short Film Festival (Best Short Film) US – Grisen The Pig 2008
Hamptons International Film Festival (Audience Award) US – Grisen The Pig 2008
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‘The Marco Effect’ now filming

Nordisk Film’s screen adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s crime novel The Marco Effect, the fifth book from the Department Q series, is now shooting. There are high expectations for this new production, as each chapter of the saga topped the national box office, and the most recent film in the series became the highest-grossing Danish film to date.

The screenplay for The Marco Effect is written by Anders August and co-writer Thomas Porsager. Martin Zandvliet is directing and Ulrich Thomsen and Zaki Youssef star as buddy cops Carl Mørck and Assad.

The film centers on a 12-year-old homeless boy, Marco. Currently on the run, Marco is the key to uncovering a story of multinational embezzlement of government funds earmarked for development aid in Africa. As they race against the clock to find the boy, Carl Mørck and Assad find themselves face to face not only with cynical, powerful ringleaders, but also the brutal criminal gang on the hunt for Marco.

‘A Fortunate Man’ lauded in Danish and international press

A Fortunate Man, written by Anders August and directed by Bille August, premiered in Denmark on August 30th. The film, which is based on Nobel prize-winning author Henrik Pontoppidan’s 1898 novel Lykke-Per, has received outstanding reviews and was one of the three films shortlisted to be the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. A Fortunate Man is also set to air as a miniseries on Danish TV 2 in 2019, and it ranks as one of the most ambitious European series to date.

A Fortune Man is highly entertaining /…/ Go see it at the movie theatre now.”
– JydskeVestkysten

“A dazzling experience /…/ It’s poignant storytelling, melancholic, refined, wry, timeless and modern, empathetically adapted by the father-son team of Bille and Anders August.”
– Cineuropa

“Even after almost three hours of playing time you’re glad that the TV series will deepen the story even more.”
– Filmmagasinet Ekko

“With A Fortunate Man August & August have crafted a lovely and beautiful film about the conditions and hopes of human existence.”
– Soundvenue

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Anders August joins Salomonsson Agency

Danish screenwriter Anders August has a wealth of experience in major TV shows, feature films and shorts, and is the recipient of Denmark’s biggest film award: The Nordisk Film Award.

Currently, August is working on the highly anticipated project A Fortunate Man, based on Nobel prize-winning author Henrik Pontoppidan’s 1898 novel Lykke-Per. Set to become both a feature film and a miniseries, it is the biggest fiction project so far from the Danish broadcasting channel TV 2 and ranks as one of the most ambitious European series to date. Produced by Nordisk Film, the feature film will see its premiere in August 2018, with the miniseries airing on Danish TV 2 in 2019.