This article is about the film company. For the 1991 film, see Europa (film).
Industry Motion Picture
Founded 1992
Headquarters Hvidovre, Denmark
Key people
Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Products Film
Website zentropa.dk

Zentropa or Zentropa Entertainments is a Danish film company started in 1992 by director Lars von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen.[1] Zentropa is named from the train company Zentropa in the film Europa (1991), which started the collaboration between Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen.

It has produced over 70 feature films and has become the largest film production company in Scandinavia. It owns a number of subsidiary companies in Europe.[2] Zentropa is also responsible for creating a large studio complex called Filmbyen (Film City), where both Zentropa and many other film-related companies are located.[3]

Zentropa may be best known for creating the Dogme 95 movement, leading to such acclaimed films as Idioterne (1998), Festen (1998) and Mifunes sidste sang (1999).[4] It was the first mainstream film company to produce hardcore pornographic films for women: Constance (1998), Pink Prison (1999), HotMen CoolBoyz (2000) and the adult/mainstream crossover feature All About Anna (2005).[5]

It has also produced hardcore sex films: Constance (1998), Pink Prison (1999), HotMen CoolBoyz (2000), and All About Anna (2005). In 1998, von Trier also made history by having his company Zentropa be the world's first mainstream film company to produce hardcore pornographic films. Three of these films, Constance (1998), Pink Prison (1999), and the adult/mainstream crossover-feature All About Anna (2005), were made primarily for a female audience and were extremely successful in Europe, with the first two being directly responsible for the legalising of pornography in Norway in March 2006.[6]

Women too like to see other people having sex. What they don't like is the endless close-ups of hammering bodyparts without a story. Von Trier is the first to have realised this and produced valuable quality porn films for women.
Stern No. 40, 27 September 2007[7]

Zentropa's initiative spearheaded a European wave of female-friendly porn films from directors such as Anna Span, Erika Lust and Petra Joy, while von Trier's company Zentropa was forced to abandon the experiment due to pressure from its English business partners.[8] In July 2009, women's magazine Cosmopolitan ranked Pink Prison as No. 1 in its Top Five of the best women's porn, calling it the "role model for the new porn-generation".[9]

Selected productions

Work Year Director Notes
A Second Chance 2015 Susanne Bier Feature
The Model 2015 Mads Matthiesen Feature - The Model in the Danish National Filmography
On the Edge (2014 film) 2014 Christian E. Christiansen Feature
The Absent One (2014 film) 2014 Mikkel Nørgaard Feature
The Salvation 2014 Kristian Levring Feature
The Hunt 2013 Thomas Vinterberg Feature
The Keeper of Lost Causes 2013 Mikkel Nørgaard Feature - The Keeper of Lost Causes in the Danish National Filmography
Nymphomaniac 2013 Lars von Trier Feature
A Caretaker's Tale 2012 Katrine Wiedemann Feature
A Royal Affair 2012 Nikolaj Arcel Feature
The Secret Society of Fine Arts 2012 Anders Rønnow Klarlund Feature
Love Is All You Need 2012 Susanne Bier Feature
Perfect Sense 2012 David Mackenzie Feature
Melancholia 2011 Lars von Trier Feature
Rebounce 2011 Heidi Maria Faisst Feature
Love Is in the Air 2011 Simon Staho Feature
ID A 2011 Christian E. Christiansen Feature
Erotic Man 2010 Jørgen Leth Feature - Erotic Man in the Danish National Filmography
The Red Chapel 2010 Mads Brügger Documentary
The Woman That Dreamed About a Man 2010 Per Fly Feature
A Family 2010 Pernille Fischer Christensen Feature
In a Better World 2010 Susanne Bier Feature
Truth About Men 2010 Nikolaj Arcel Feature
Donkeys 2010 Morag McKinnon Feature
Nothing's All Bad 2010 Mikkel Munch-Fals Feature
Berik 2010 Daniel Borgman Short fiction
Klown 2010 Mikkel Nørgaard Feature
Zoomers 2009 Christian E. Christiansen Feature
Mammoth 2009 Lukas Moodysson Feature
Love & Rage (2009 film) 2009 Morten Giese Feature
The Blessing 2009 Heidi Maria Faisst Feature - The Blessing in the Danish National Filmography
Antichrist 2009 Lars von Trier Feature
Go with peace Jamil 2008 Omar Shargawi Feature
Oneway-ticket to Korsør 2008 Gert Fredholm Feature
Fear Me Not 2008 Kristian Levring Feature
Little Soldier 2008 Annette K. Olesen Feature
Island of Lost Souls 2007 Nikolaj Arcel Feature
How to Get Rid of Others 2007 Anders Rønnow Klarlund Feature
Echo 2007 Anders Morgenthaler Feature
At Night 2007 Christian E. Christiansen Short fiction
The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1 2007 Jacob Thuesen Feature
Råzone 2006 Christian E. Christiansen Feature
The Boss of it All 2006 Lars von Trier Feature
Snuppet 2006 Martin Vrede Nielsen Feature
All About Anna 2005 Jessica Nilsson Feature
Manderlay 2005 Lars von Trier Feature
When Children Play in the Sky 2005 Lorenzo Hendel Feature - Den sidste åndemaner in the Danish National Filmography
Brothers 2004 Susanne Bier Feature
South (film) 2004 Martin Koolhoven Feature
The Five Obstructions 2003 Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth Feature
Sea of Silence 2003 Stijn Coninx Feature
Dogville 2003 Lars von Trier Feature
Charlie Butterfly 2002 Dariusz Steiness Feature - Charlie Butterfly in the Danish National Filmography
Minor Mishaps 2002 Annette K. Olesen Feature
House of Hearts 2002 Elisabeth Rygaard Feature
Truly Human 2001 Åke Sandgren Feature
One-Hand Clapping 2001 Gert Fredholm Feature
Chop Chop 2001 Niels Arden Oplev Feature
D-Dag 2001 Lars von Trier, Kristian Levring, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Thomas Vinterberg TV film
Foreign Fields 2000 Aage Rais-Nordentoft Feature
Dancer in the dark 2000 Lars von Trier Feature
Miracle (2000 film) 2000 Natasha Arthy Feature
The Bench 2000 Per Fly Feature
Italian for Beginners 2000 Lone Scherfig Feature
The King Is Alive 2000 Kristian Levring Feature
Ikingut 2000 Gísli Snær Erlingsson Feature
The lady of Hamre 2000 Katrine Wiedemann Feature
Together 2000 Lukas Moodysson Feature
A Summer Tale 2000 Ulf Malmros Feature
HotMen CoolBoyz 2000 Knud Vesterskov Feature
Possessed (1999 film) 1999 Anders Rønnow Klarlund Feature
Pink Prison 1999 Lisbeth Lynghøft Feature
I Wonder Who's Kissing You Now? 1998 Henning Carlsen Feature
Constance 1998 Knud Vesterskov Feature
Love Fools 1998 Leif Magnusson Feature
The Last Viking 1997 Jesper W. Nielsen Feature
Credo 1997 Susanne Bier Feature
The Kingdom II 1997 Lars von Trier TV series
Portland 1996 Niels Arden Oplev Feature
Breaking the waves 1996 Lars von Trier Feature
The Greatest Heroes 1996 Thomas Vinterberg Feature
Harry & Sonja 1996 Björn Runge Feature
The Eighteenth 1996 Anders Rønnow Klarlund Feature
Carmen & Babyface 1995 Jon Bang Carlsen Feature
Love Me, Love Me Not (1995 film) 1995 Carsten Sønder Feature
The Beast Within (1995 film) 1995 Carsten Rudolf Feature
Pan 1995 Henning Carlsen Feature
Á köldum klaka 1995 Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Feature
The Kingdom 1994 Lars von Trier TV series
Bíódagar 1994 Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Feature
Pretty Boy (1993 film) 1993 Carsten Sønder Feature
Family Matters 1993 Susanne Bier Feature
Michael Laudrup: A football player 1993 Jørgen Leth Documentary



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  2. Angus Finney (10 October 2014). The International Film Business: A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood. Routledge. pp. 106–107. ISBN 978-1-136-29503-4.
  3. Anne Mette Lundtofte (13 May 2013). Zentropia. Gyldendal. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-87-02-14732-2.
  4. Palgrave Connect (Online Service) (11 December 2013). Behind the Screen: Inside European Production Cultures. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 229–. ISBN 978-1-137-28218-7.
  5. Anne G. Sabo (2012). After Pornified: How Women are Transforming Pornography & why it Really Matters. John Hunt Publishing. pp. 55–. ISBN 978-1-78099-480-2.
  6. "Norwegian Media Authority none-censorship decision" (PDF). Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  7. Stern No. 40, 27 September 2007
  8. Thomas Vilhelm: Filmbyen (Ekstra Bladets Forlag, 2003, ISBN 978-87-7731-274-8), page 74
  9. Cosmopolitan (German edition), July 2009, page 30
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