The Danish Girl (2015)

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  • IMDb page: The Danish Girl (2015)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 1,590 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 27 November 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 120 min | 172 min (original uncut workprint) | 170 min (workprint version)
  • Filming Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: Tom Hooper
  • Stars: Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Love | Marriage | Painting | Love Triangle | Childhood Friend

Writing Credits By:

  • David Ebershoff (novel)
  • Lucinda Coxon (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • While Nicole Kidman was set to star and produce the film, she struggled to sustain an actress to portray Gerda Wegener, while she would portray Einar Wegener herself. Charlize Theron was the first choice for Gerda, but dropped out in 2008. Her role was then given to Gwyneth Paltrow, who also dropped out in order to spend more time with her family. Uma Thurman was rumored to replace her. In 2010, Marion Cotillard was considered for the part, as she and Kidman wanted to re-team after working together on Nine (2009), and their other possible project “The Rivals” had been shelved. In 2011, the role was given to Rachel Weisz, who also dropped out soon after. Alicia Vikander finally took the role in 2014, when Tom Hooper took over the project. 54 of 55 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The true origin of Gerda Wegener (Gerda Gottlieb Wegener Porta (15 March 1886 – 28 July 1940)) (not to be confused with German makeup artist Gerda Wegener) is Danish, not American. The novelist changed her name to Greta Waud and her origin to American and California-born to suit the American readers. 19 of 19 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Eddie Redmayne and director Tom Hooper previously worked together in Elizabeth I (2005) and Les Misérables (2012). 19 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe and would also produce the film. She considered this a passion project for years, and at one point considered to direct herself, following difficulties with finding a director. However, in 2014 she decided to let go of the project. Later, Tom Hooper came on board and decided to cast Eddie Redmayne instead. 22 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The movie is based on the novel The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, which is a fictionalized account of the life of Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, not an actual biography. The author changed so many elements of Einar Wegener’s story that the characters in the book are entirely fictional, no other character in the novel has any relation to an actual person, living or dead. Historical accounts claim that Gerda Wegener was a lesbian and that she preferred Lili’s femininity over Einar’s masculinity and that they had an open relationship. The love story portrayed in the novel and in the film is fiction, Gerda and Lili didn’t remain close after their marriage was annulled. 13 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Had Marion Cotillard starred in the film in the role of Gerda, she would have shared the screen with Matthias Schoenaerts for the second time. The first was in Rust and Bone (2012). 32 of 39 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Eddie Redmayne was previously in Jupiter Ascending (2015) that was co-directed by transgender director Lana Wachowski. The film will also give special thanks to her. 16 of 19 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Matthias Schoenaerts is a graffiti artist in real life. In the film, his character is an art-dealer who represents Gerda’s portraits of Lili. 5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Tomas Alfredson was going to direct but dropped out. 5 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Directors Lasse Hallström, Neil LaBute and Anand Tucker were all previously involved in the project. 3 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Full summary » |  »

Story: Copenhagen, early 1920s. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar – or Elbe attempted first-ever male to female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple. Written byGusde

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Produced By:

  • Tim Bevan known as producer
  • Liza Chasin known as executive producer
  • Eric Fellner known as producer
  • Nina Gold known as co-producer
  • Anne Harrison known as producer
  • Tom Hooper known as producer
  • Ben Howarth known as co-producer
  • Ulf Israel known as executive producer
  • Deborah Bayer Marlow known as line producer
  • Kathy Morgan known as executive producer
  • Gail Mutrux known as producer
  • Linda Reisman known as producer
  • Jane Robertson known as co-producer
  • Tore Schmidt known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Alicia Vikander known as Gerda Wegener
  • Amber Heard known as Oola Paulson
  • Matthias Schoenaerts known as Hans Axgil
  • Eddie Redmayne known as Einar Wegener / Lili Elbe
  • Ben Whishaw known as Henrik
  • Sebastian Koch known as Warnekros
  • Rebecca Root known as Lili's Nurse
  • Emerald Fennell known as Elsa
  • Cosima Shaw known as German Receptionist
  • Victoria Emslie known as Véronique (Gallery Employee)
  • Adrian Schiller known as Rasmussen
  • Jeanne Abraham known as Customer
  • Stephen Parker known as Fonnesbech Client
  • Maya Lindh known as Shop Girl
  • Ole Dupont known as Wealthy Art Collector
  • Nadia Townsend known as Costumier
  • Marco Marc known as Oola Paulson's Friend
  • Richard Dixon known as Fonnesbech
  • Eleanor Hafner known as Shop Girl
  • Michael Gade Thomsen known as Friend at cafe
  • Jake Graf known as Henri (Man On Stairs)
  • Allan Krueger known as Friend at Cafe
  • Alexander Devrient known as Younger Man
  • Helen Evans known as Ward Nurse 1920's
  • Mads Kruse known as Man at Gallery
  • Alicia Woodhouse known as Ballerina
  • Jacob Clement Utzon Krefeld known as Waiter
  • Stephanie Wiese known as Friend at Cafe
  • Paul Kerry known as Stage Hand
  • Adam Fischer known as Bohemian Friend
  • Laurids Riis-Hansen known as Cola's friend at party
  • Frederik Frøslev Holm known as Waiter
  • Tue Lodberg Nyland known as Art Supply Man / Bohemian Bar Guest
  • Eitetsu Nozawa known as Japanese VIP Passenger on Train
  • Jonathan Pryke known as Young Stage Hand
  • Julius Mygind known as Kissing Boy
  • Aisha Fabienne Ross known as Shop Assistant 1
  • Isabeau Popp known as Nurse
  • Angelina Darmer known as Kissing Girl
  • Klaus Ricardo Jakobsen known as Guy That Checks Out Lili
  • Ida Emilie Krarup known as Very Beautiful Female Guest (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Fiona Alexander known as makeup junior daily
  • Annette Field known as hair stylist & makeup artist
  • Carmel Jackson known as key makeup and hair
  • Faith Johnston known as makeup junior daily
  • Klara Levring known as trainee
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • Jan Sewell known as hair designer
  • Jan Sewell known as makeup designer
  • Jan Sewell known as prosthetic designer
  • Barbara Taylor known as crowd makeup: dailies
  • Barbara Taylor known as hair stylist: crowd

Art Department:

  • Justin Ackroyd known as prop dresser driver
  • Katie Adamson known as assistant buyer
  • Gareth Bailey known as chargehand dressing propsman
  • Ryan Bradbury known as set dresser
  • Chester Carr known as art department
  • Christopher Chandler known as standby propman
  • Roddy Dolan known as dressing propman
  • Andrew Forrest known as standby propman
  • Tone Gibbs known as prop storeman
  • Rohan Harris known as scenic artist
  • Dean Hawley known as hod painter
  • Phil Hawley known as painter
  • Darren Hayward known as construction manager
  • Megan Jones known as graphic designer
  • Charlie King known as graphic assistant
  • Jason Line known as artist
  • Gary Lock known as props
  • David London known as prop modeller
  • Craig Price known as property master
  • Daniel Price known as dressing propman
  • Joanne Ridler known as stand-by art director
  • Richard Rowntree known as key greensman
  • Matt Sharp known as assistant art director
  • Tom Sinden known as prop modeller
  • Jason Smith known as prop driver
  • Mike Syson known as chargehand dressing propsman
  • Charlotte Snede Sørensen known as dressing propwoman: Danish Unit
  • Thierry Van Cappellen known as property master belgium
  • Joe Vassallo known as prop painter
  • Ketan Waikar known as draughtsman: dailies


Production Companies:

  • Artémis Productions (co-production)
  • Pretty Pictures
  • ReVision Pictures (in association)
  • Working Title Films

Other Companies:

  • Artebis  production services
  • Coach House Studios  DIT Vehicle & Equipment
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen  funding
  • Footprint Investment Fund  funding
  • Funn  hosiery supplier (uncredited)
  • Halo Post Production  post production facility
  • Kameraudlejningen  Additional camera and grip equipment provided by
  • MMC Independent  funding
  • Macadamcar  facility vehicles
  • Mediacom 24-7  accommodation agent
  • PMA Production  EPK Production Company
  • Panalux  lighting by
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by (as Panavision London)
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Salon  Avid Nitris DX Rental
  • Salon  data archiving

Additional Details


  • Focus Features (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2015) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures Canada (2015) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2016) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2016) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2016) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures Germany (2016) (Germany) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Jon Bragado known as senior matchmove artist: double negative
  • Dan Breckwoldt known as compositing supervisor: Double Negative
  • Colin P. Brown known as colourist
  • Lee Fisher known as roto artist
  • Adam Glasman known as digital intermediate Colourist
  • Michael Leigh Gresham known as prep artist: Double Negative
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Helen McAvoy known as visual effects coordinator
  • Ciaran O'Connor known as digital compositor
  • Jonathan Opgenhaffen known as digital matte painter
  • Richard R. Reed known as compositing supervisor
  • Sullivan Richard known as matte painter: double negative
  • Ashley Ryan known as digital compositor: double negative
  • Hannes Sap known as assistant colourist: Double Negative
  • Abhishek Singh known as digital compositor
  • Alan Stucchi known as digital compositor
  • Parikshit Tyagi known as compositor: prime focus

MPAA: Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity


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