Pernille Rose Grønkjær

Founding Director

"To me, real life has to be marvellous before it can be cinematic. That only happens when you add an extra dimension: someone's unique vision. Someone who views the world with intentional eyes. Only then, does the real world become interesting as a cinematic experience."


BIOGRAPHY

Filmmaker Pernille Rose Grønkjær (1973) graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1997 and has earned many awards and much acclaim for her work in documentary film and television over the past 20 years. Her international feature length documentary ”THE MONASTERY – Mr. Vig and the Nun” opened in 2006 at IDFA in Amsterdam and won the festival’s most prestigious 1st price; the Joris Ivens Award. The film had it's North American premiere at The Sundance Film Festival. It has won 11 awards the world over and played in more than 90 film festivals globally. The film opened in theatres in New York and the press wrote ”Fantastic!” and ”Beautiful mesmerizing wonder”. ”THE MONASTERY” has become an important milestone in the strong international brand that Danish documentary is today. With this film Grønkjær established herself as a storyteller with a universal language and a cinematic vision.

Her international feature documentary “LOVE ADDICT” opened at great reviews in 2011.” LOVE ADDICT had it ́s European premiere at IDFA and went on to the US market in September 2012.

In 2014 Pernille premiered "GENETIC ME". "GENETIC ME is a humorous, ”sexy” and very human gateway into the rising science of who we are. Using wit and authenticity, the film connects a deeply personal tale with frontier genetic research and provides new perspectives on the eternal question of: "How did I become me?" This is the science you thought you would never understand made accessible and about to set you on a personal journey into the future.

"Den Anden Side" was released in 2017. An ambitious feature documentary about the iconic Danish stand-up comedian and accomplished performer Anders Matthesen. Matthesen is the best in his genre, always stays original and has the largest group of fans among comedians. He is used to rave reviews and sold out venues whenever he sets up a show. The film - Den Anden Side - raved it's own bunch of stars: 10 times 5 stars in the press reviews.

FILMOGRAPHY

Genetic Me (2014)
Love Addict (2011)
The House Inside Her (2011)
The Monastery – Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006)
The Family (2005)
The Complicated Family Life (2005)
TV-Happy (2003)
Repeating Grandpa (2001)
The Models  (1999)
Those Were the Days (1998)


AWARDS & FESTIVALS

Genetic Me
Pierre Gilles de Gennes Award, Paris Science Film Festival (France)
Prix Etudiant, Paris Science Film Festival (France)
 
The Monastery – Mr. Vig and the Nun
Best International Feature,Cinema Eye Award, New York (US).
Best Documentary, Bodil Awards (Denmark)
Full Frame Grand Jury Award, Full Frame Festival, Durham (US)
The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, Full Frame Festival
Chicago Doc Grand Prix, Chicago International Doc Festival (US)

Millennium Award, Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
The Kino magazine Award, Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
Canvas Award, Docville Film Festival (Belgium)
FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival (Australia)
Audience Award, Moscow International Film Festival (Russia)The Joris Ivens Award, IDFA, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Jury’s Special Mention - Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)
Honour Mention, It's All True - 12th International Doc Festival (Brazil)
Special Mention - CPH:DOX International Documentary Festival (Denmark)

Extract of Festival Tour / The Monastery: The Sundance Film Festival, Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, Mexico City Intl Contemp FF, Adelaide International Film Festival, Colombia - True/False Film Festival, Buenos Aires - Mar Del Plata Int Doc Festival, Durham - Full Frame, Tel Aviv - Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Sao Paulo - It's All True Int. Documentary Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Chicago International Documentary Festival, Toronto - Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival, San Francisco Int. Film Festival, Warsaw, Planete Doc Review, Krakow Documentary & Short Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Cape Town - Encounters South African Int. Film Festival, Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Silver Docs – Washington, Great Britain - Edinburgh International Film Festival, Portugal - Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival, Vienna Film Festival, Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival.