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Jakob Weis

Jakob Weis (b. 1970) is one of Denmark’s most prominent and versatile writers, with a passion for exploring both different genres and mediums for storytelling.

Weis has a background as a prolific and awarded playwright with more than 30 plays to his credit since his debut in 1993. He is the only writer to have won three Reumert Awards, Denmarks biggest award for the performing arts, in the category ‘Best Dramatist’. Weis has also received the prestigious Danish Dramatics’ Honorary Award.

In 2016 Weis turned his attention to writing for film and TV series, and 2018 saw the premiere of his first feature film That Time of Year for which he was awarded ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Bodil Awards, and nominated for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the Robert Awards.

2019 marked the release of the acclaimed TV series Face to Face (Forhøret) of which Weis is co-creator and head-writer. Lauded by critics, Face to Face received numerous nominations at the Robert Awards and became Viaplay’s most watched original production in 2019-2020. In 2022, a British remake of the series titled Suspect aired on Channel 4 in the UK.

His latest feature film, the star-studded dramedy Fathers & Mothers (Fædre & mødre), premiered in November 2022 and had the best opening weekend of the year for a Danish film.

Weis currently has several projects in the making. Tove’s Room (Toves værelse), a character drama based on Weis’ play about author Tove Ditlevsen, will be released in June 2023. He is also writer of the sixth Department Q film Boundless (Den Grænseløse), set to premiere in February 2023.

Furthermore, Weis is writer of The Lioness (Løvinden), the upcoming biopic of Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen. Based on Tom Buk-Swienty’s recently published biography about Blixen’s life, the highly anticipated film is set to be directed by May el-Toukhy.

Awards

Robert Award Nominee (Best Short-Format TV Series) Denmark – Forhøret Face to Face 2020
Bodil Award (Best Screenplay) Denmark – Den tid på året That Time of Year 2019
Robert Award Nominee (Best Original Screenplay) Denmark – Den tid på året That Time of Year 2019
Danish Dramatics' Honorary Award Denmark 2018
Reumert Prize (Best Dramatist) Denmark 2017
Reumert Prize Nominee (Best Dramatist) Denmark 2014
Reumert Prize (Best Dramatist) Denmark 2011
Reumert Prize (Best Dramatist) Denmark 2007
Reumert Prize Nominee (Best Dramatist) Denmark 2002
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Filmography

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Jakob Weis is one of Denmark’s most prominent and versatile writers, with a passion for exploring both different genres and mediums for storytelling.

Weis has a background as a prolific and awarded playwright with more than 30 plays to his credit since his debut in 1993. He is the only writer to have won three Reumert Awards, Denmarks biggest award for the performing arts, in the category ‘Best Dramatist’. Weis has also received the prestigious Danish Dramatics’ Honorary Award.

In 2016 Weis turned his attention to writing for film and TV series, and 2018 saw the premiere of his first feature film That Time of Year for which he was awarded ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Bodil Awards, and nominated for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the Robert Awards.

2019 marked the release of the acclaimed TV series Face to Face (Forhøret) of which Weis is co-creator and head-writer. Lauded by critics, Face to Face received numerous nominations at the Robert Awards and became Viaplay’s most watched original production in 2019-2020. In 2022, a British remake of the series titled Suspect aired on Channel 4 in the UK.

His latest feature film, the star-studded dramedy Fathers & Mothers (Fædre & mødre), premiered in November 2022 and had the best opening weekend of the year for a Danish film.

Weis currently has several projects in the making. Tove’s Room (Toves værelse), a character drama based on Weis’ play about author Tove Ditlevsen, will be released in June 2023. He is also writer of the sixth Department Q film Boundless (Den Grænseløse), set to premiere in February 2023.

Furthermore, Weis is writer of The Lioness (Løvinden), the upcoming biopic of Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen. Based on Tom Buk-Swienty’s recently published biography about Blixen’s life, the highly anticipated film is set to be directed by May el-Toukhy.