In addition to rapidly establishing himself as a formidable cinematic talent, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg is notorious for celebrating the idea -- via his own career accomplishments and an overall philosophy he has encouraged in others -- of utilizing more lightweight film production equipment and smaller budgets, as a stride away from big-studio gigantism. His co-establishment (alongside Lars von Trier) of the Dogme 95 film movement exemplifies this idea.
Born on May 19, 1969, in Copenhagen, Vinterberg graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993 with Last Round under his arm -- a student short that garnered a formidable number of honors around the globe for a first-timer, including the Jury Award and the VFF Young Talent Award; it would ultimately receive a 1994 Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short Subject. He went on to helm the short-subject follow-up The Boy Who Walked Backwards (1993) -- the sad tale of a Danish boy who internally chastises himself for the death of his brother in an automobile accident. Like its predecessor, the film pulled in scores of awards for its sensitive and elegiac treatment of a difficult subject, from the Best Short Film and Audience Award at the Nordic Panorama 1994 to the Public Prize at Clermont-Ferrand in 1994 to Best Drama at the 1995 Toronto Short Film Festival.