|1||Avengers: Endgame||Anthony Russo, Joe Russo||US||558000|
|3||The Lion King||Jon Favreau||US||492000|
|4||Hunting Season||Tilde Harkamp||DK||463000|
|5||Daniel||Niels Arden Oplev, Anders W. Berthelsen||DK||462000|
|6||Green Book||Peter Farrelly||US||407000|
|7||Frozen 2||Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee||US||406000|
|8||Queen Of Hearts||May el-Toukhy||DK||323000|
|9||Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker||J.J. Abrams||US||317000|
|10||Once Upon A Time In … Hollywood||Quentin Tarantino||US||314000|
Tilde Harkamp’s second feature, Hunting Season (Jagtsæson) starring Mille Dinesen (Rita) and Lærke Winther (Dicte), was the highest grossing Danish film of 2019 marking Harkamp as the best-selling female director since 2012 and is surpassed only by Susanne Bier and Anne Grethe Bjarup Riis in the last 15 years.
Alongside Tilde Harkamp’s box office smash, more than half of all Danish theatrical releases in 2019 were by first or second time directors, including Frelle Petersen’s Uncle which won the main prize at the Tokyo Film Festival and Ulaa Salim’s Sons of Denmark which took Best Director in Seattle.
CEO of the Danish Film Institute, Claus Ladegaard, said: “We are delighted to see films reaching their audiences and filmmakers winning international recognition. At the Danish Film Institute, we are working to supplement these criteria of success with an understanding of the films’ cultural significance. That is, the deeper effects of the films on us and our conversations with each other.
“Alongside the tangible results, we hope to paint a more nuanced picture of the impact of Danish film. Cultural significance cannot be expressed in a formula. It is more dynamic and evolves in tune with the times. Getting into the practice, with our audience, of discussing what Danish films mean to our lives will inspire us to keep them relevant.”