Copenhagen movie The Danish Girl Oscar Nominated

Copenhagen movie The Danish Girl Oscar Nominated

15 Jan 2016 Copenhagen News Guides Art

Copenhagen movie The Danish Girl Oscar Nominated

As the Academy Awards were announced last week, the much hyped film about groundbreaking transgender issues for a couple in the 1920’s from Director Tom Hooper - The Danish Girl - is nominated for four Oscars! Filmed mainly in Copenhagen last Spring, find out more about the locations from the movie. 

Danish Girl


The Danish Girl is a love story starring Oscar winner 
Eddie Redmayne as the lead role as Lili Elbe - one of the first people to have a sex reassignment, and his wide Gerda as played by Alicia Vikander. The story is inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. The story is fictional although inspired by true events and brings forward the issues faced on their journey as a transgender couple in the 1920s. 

The Danish Girl Oscar Nominations


As the Academy Awards (or the Oscars a
s they’re usually referred to) were announced last week, with 1920’s set story "The Danish Girl" listed as one of the nominees in four categories;  

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Eddie Redmayne 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Alicia Vikander 

Best Achievement in Production Design - Eve Stewart Michael Standish 

Best Achievement in Costume Design - Paco Delgado

It has already won 16 awards and including Hollywood Film Awards and at the Venice Film Festival and taken a worldwide gross of $21.5 million.


Danish Girl
Image from @fameFlynetUK

Where was it filmed?


The Danish Girl was filmed mainly in Copenhagen, with some filming in Belgium, London and Norway amongst other European locations. The main locations used are the picturesque harbour of Nyhavn for the outdoor scenes, Nyboder for the house exterior and Charlottenburg Royal Academy of Arts for gallery scenes. Copenhagen Town Hall also features as the Women’s clinic. 

The film is set in the 1920s so there was plenty for the production team to do to recreate the Denmark of 100 years ago! All the costumes and set had to be created to be historically accurate as far as possible, with horse and carriages and early 20’s cars employed to give a realistic feel. 

Danish Girl
Image from @fameFlynetUK

Where can you see each of the scene shots?

For those of you who have seen the film and want to do a little tour - you can see the marble church shot in Nyhavn and the harbour front for the market scenes.  The yellow houses which make up the famous front of Nyboder can be seen in the background with bicycles lines up. These were originally built in the 18th to house sailors. There are also scenes shot in the Royal Theatre - featuring Amber Heard. 

If you want to follow in the steps in the movie, there's a map and sites to explore on the Visit Denmark website - and there’s a campaign on instagram - simply tag #thedanishgirlcopenhagen and see the scenes and their setting, or see the competition being run by @govisitdenmark and find out more about winning a trip to Copenhagen. Check out #TheDanishGirlCopenhagen

Good luck to the movie at the Oscars! 

The Copenhagen Downtown Team