by Thomas Vinterberg



Not yet out of elementary school, Nick and his younger brother have already been hardened by poverty, abuse and alcohol. But these two tough boys still find joy in their newborn baby brother. They gladly make up for the shortcomings of their neglectful alcoholic mother and give the infant the loving care which all children deserve. Although shortlived, this glimmer of hope will haunt them well into adulthood... Moody and anguished, 30-something Nick lives alone in a gloomy tenement shelter. He turns to lifting weights and strong beer to hold back painful memories and loneliness. He finds some comfort with faded beauty Sofie and mentally unstable Ivan, his ex-girlfriend's brother. Nick has still not come to terms with Ana breaking up with him two years ago, an event which made him erupt into random violence and put him in prison. Nick's inability to reach out and reconnect with his estranged brother only makes him angrier... Nick's brother could lose custody of his six-year-old son Martin any day now. Being a responsible father is even tougher for a heroin addict. Although he has convinced himself that he turned to dealing drugs for his son's benefit, the risky endeavor results in a painful separation from little Martin... Nick and his brother have spent their lives trying to love, trying to forget, trying to understand. The brothers will soon get their chance to reconnect and to finally realize that they're not to blame for everything.


Born 1969, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thomas made his first short film at the early age of 16. Three years later he was admitted to the National Film School of Denmark thus becoming their youngest student ever. Thomas graduated in 1993 garnering a Student Academy Award nomination for his graduation film »flast Round«. Thomas began his long term affiliation with Nimbus Film doing the short film »The Boy who walked backwards« in 1994 and his debut feature »Heroes« in 1996.

Thomas was catapulted to international fame in 1998 when his 2nd feature »Festen« became an art house sensation kicking off by receiving The Jury Prize in Cannes. Thomas' »Festen« (a.k.a. The Celebration) was the first film made under the so-called Dogme Manifesto written in 1995 by Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier. Dogme became a new wave of film making for last last years of the Millenium. The founding Dogme Brothers (Thomas Vinterberg, Lars von Trier, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen and Kristian Levring) received a Achievementin World Cinema award at the European Film Awards in 2008.

Thomas followed up his international breakthrough with two English language films. »It's all about Love« from 2003 starred Sean Penn, Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix while »Dear Wendy« from 2005 starred Bill Pullman, Chris Owen and Jamie Bell. Both films were selected for Sundance. In 2007 the comedy »When a Man comes home« was released.

Apart from his work in features Thomas has done music videos for international groups such as Metallica and Blur.

»Submarino« is Thomas' 6th feature film.


Jakob Cedergren - Nick
Peter Plaugborg - Nick's Brother/Martin's Father
Patricia Schumann - Sofie
Morten Rose - Ivan
Gustav Fischer Kjærulff - Martin
Sebastian Bull Sarning - Young Nick
Mads Broe - Young Nick's Brother
Mei Oulund Ipsen - Mother Of The Boys
Christian Kirk Østergaard - Tobias
Henrik Strube - Yellow Jimmy
Elias Ehlers - Carsten
Helene Reingaard Neumann - Mona


Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Producer: Morten Kaufmann
Screenwriters: Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg
Based On The Book "Submarino" by Jonas T. Bengtsson
Cinematographer: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Editor: Andri Stein Gudmundsson & Valdis Oskarsdottir
Sound Design: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Production Design: Torben Stig Nielsen
Costume Designer: Margrethe Rasmussen
Chief Make-Up Artist: Bjørg Serup
Executive Producers: Birgitte Hald & Bo Ehrhardt
Produced by Nimbus Film APS
Co-financed by TV2 | Denmark Keld Reinicke & Lars Sund Duus
With support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Hanne Palmquist
In collaboration with CANAL+, SVT, Gunnar Carlsson
In co-production with Mainstream APS, Nordisk Film, Shortcut Kameraudlejningen APS, Lysudlejningen APS

Technical Data

Format: 35mm / 25fsp / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 110 min
Original language: Danish

Origianal title: Submarino


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