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Paprika Steen is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter Danoise born on 3 november 1964 at Frederiksberg (Danemark)

Paprika Steen

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Birth name Paprika Steen
Nationality Danemark
Birth 3 november 1964 (55 years) at Frederiksberg (Danemark)

Paprika Steen (born 3 November 1964 as Kirstine Steen) is a Danish actress and film director best known for her performances in the films Festen, The Idiots and Open Hearts. Steen was the first Danish actress since Karin Nellemose in 1994 to win both Best Actress (for Okay) and Best Supporting Actress (Open Hearts) in the same year at the Robert Festival, the Danish equivalent of the Oscars.


Steen was born on 3 November 1964 in Frederiksberg, Denmark, the daughter of musician and conductor Niels Jørgen Steen and the actress Avi Sagild. She is the sister of musician and actor Nikolaj Steen. Steen applied to the Acting School of Odense Theatre 13 times before being accepted and attending from 1988 to 1992. Steen performed on stage in Dr. Dante productions and been associated with the Royal Danish Theatre since 1997. In 1997 she wrote and performed in the satirical television series Lex og Klatten. In 1998, Steen became an active participant in the Dogme 95 film movement as the only performer to appear in the first three movies: Lars Von Trier's The Idiots, The Celebration by Thomas Vinterberg, and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's Mifune's Last Song.

Steen won her first Bodil Award as the Best Supporting Actress in 2000 for Den eneste ene (The One and Only). In 2002, Steen won the Bodil Award, Robert Award and American Film Institute's Grand Jury Prize for her leading role as the controlling loudmouth Nete in Okay. The same year she also won both the Bodil and Robert awards as Best Supporting Actress in Elsker dig for evigt (Open Hearts).

Steen made her directorial debut in with the 2004 tragedy-drama Lad de små børn... (Aftermath) about the emotional trauma of a young couple after the death of their daughter. The film received awards at several film festivals including the Lübeck Nordic Film Days and the Film by the Sea International Festival. In 2007, Steen directed her second feature, the comedy film With Your Permission (Til døden os skiller).

Paprika Steen is married to producer Mikael Rieks.

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Filmography of Paprika Steen (29 films)

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Domino (2019)
, 1h29
Directed by Brian De Palma
Origin Danemark
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about terrorism
Actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Guy Pearce, Carice van Houten, Mohammed Azaay, Eriq Ebouaney, Jacob Lohmann
Roles Hanne Hansen
Rating44% 2.209012.209012.209012.209012.20901
Christian est un policier de Copenhague. Son coéquipier Lars Hansen est tué par un terroriste membre de l'ISIS, Ezra Tarzi. Avec la maîtresse de son défunt collègue, il part alors à la recherche du meurtrier. Leur enquête les mène de la Scandinavie à l'Espagne, au cœur d'une Europe menacée par le terrorisme, où ils côtoient l'agent de la CIA Joe Martin.
Silent Heart, 1h38
Directed by Bille August
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Ghita Nørby, Morten Grunwald, Paprika Steen, Jens Albinus, Danica Curcic, Pilou Asbæk
Roles Heidi
Rating70% 3.543573.543573.543573.543573.54357
A family of three generations gather over a weekend to say goodbye to Esther (Ghita Nørby) who suffers from an incurable disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and with the help of her husband Poul (Morten Grunwald) has chosen to pursue euthanasia when the weekend is over. But as the end approaches, the mother's decision becomes more and more difficult to handle for the daughters Heidi (Paprika Steen) and Sanne (Danica Curcic), and old conflicts come to the surface.
Keep the Lights On, 1h38
Directed by Ira Sachs
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen, Maria Dizzia
Roles Karen
Rating63% 3.1982153.1982153.1982153.1982153.198215
In 1998, Erik (Thure Lindhardt), a Danish artist living in New York, meets Paul (Zachary Booth), a lawyer, through a phone sex hotline. Clearly attracted to each other, they share an intimate moment and have sex. Erik later visits a man named Russ (Sebastian La Cause) who seems more interested in showing off his muscles to Erik than having sex. Erik sees Paul again, and tells him about how he broke up with his ex-boyfriend Paolo, who was HIV-positive. Erik confides to his friend Claire (Julianne Nicholson) on how he is happier now with Paul than he was with Paolo. Meanwhile, Paul asks Erik to keep quiet about his drug use and gets Erik high. Paul, who was closeted before meeting Erik, sees his ex-girlfriend while visiting an art gallery with Erik, who tries to persuade Paul to introduce him to her. While away from the city, Erik calls his doctor for some test results and learns that he is HIV-negative. Later, Paul throws a surprise birthday party for Erik.
Love Is All You Need, 1h56
Directed by Susanne Bier
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about cancer, LGBT-related films, Films about marriage, LGBT-related film
Actors Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Bodil Jørgensen, Ciro Petrone
Roles Benedikte
Rating64% 3.246073.246073.246073.246073.24607
Hairdresser Ida, who has recently ended a successful breast cancer treatment, returns home to find her husband Leif cheating on her. At the same time, her daughter is getting married in an Italian villa with a lemon orchard in a few days, and on the way there she runs into Philip, the groom's father. At the wedding, which is eventually called off when the putative bride and groom find that they are not, after all, right for one another, Ida and Philip develop an attraction. On their return to Denmark, Philip decides to reduce his workload and move permanently to Italy. He finds Ida at the hairdressing salon where she works, only to be rebuffed as she has returned to Leif. But Ida then has second thoughts and goes to Italy to be with Philip.
SuperClásico, 1h39
Directed by Ole Christian Madsen
Origin Danemark
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Sports films, Association football films
Actors Paprika Steen, Anders W. Berthelsen
Roles Anna
Rating63% 3.1986253.1986253.1986253.1986253.198625
Christian, un vendeur de vin, part à Buenos Aires durant le Superclásico afin de tenter de reconquérir sa femme, qui l'a quitté pour un célèbre footballeur.
Applause (2009)
, 1h25
Directed by Martin Zandvliet
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama
Actors Paprika Steen, Lars Brygmann, Shanti Roney, Michael Falch
Roles Thea Barfoed
Rating66% 3.3439653.3439653.3439653.3439653.343965
Critically acclaimed, alcoholic actress Thea Barfoed has gone through turmoil, resulting in a divorce and the loss of custody of her two boys. Eager to break with the past, regain control over her life, and get her children back, she uses charm and manipulation to persuade her ex-husband, Christian, that she is ready and able to take back the mantle of motherhood; but ironically, she has not completely convinced herself. On stage, Thea plays Martha, the aggressive and wounded wife in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Off stage, the actress is mixed up in a drama that has many of the same tragic, toxic ingredients. As Thea contends with the rigorous demands of stage life and a past that haunts her, she must face her inner demons. But what she and her family both know is that Thea is Thea, a prima donna better suited to acting her heart out than living an ordinary life.
Fear Me Not, 1h35
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Ulrich Thomsen, Paprika Steen, Lars Brygmann, Stine Stengade, Bjarne Henriksen, Bodil Udsen
Roles Sigrid
Rating63% 3.1955253.1955253.1955253.1955253.195525
Mikael has taken leave from work because he thinks he needs a change in life. He stays at home with his wife Sigrid and daughter Selma. Sigrid's brother, Frederick, is a scientist and needs subjects to test an experimental anti-depressant, to see if there are side effects. Mikael decides to volunteer for the testing without telling his wife and daughter. During the process he writes a diary about how he feels each day and about the effects of the drugs. The pills make him gradually feel more free, as if he has no boundaries. He leaves the home his wife inherited from her father and goes to stay at his mother's old rural home.
The Substitute, 1h33
Directed by Ole Bornedal
Origin Danemark
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Paprika Steen, Ulrich Thomsen, Raymond Cruz, Sofie Gråbøl, Sonja Richter, William Forsythe
Roles Ulla Harms, Vikaren
Rating57% 2.899032.899032.899032.899032.89903
Un extra-terrestre prend possession du corps d'une femme puis devient professeur.
The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1, 1h32
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Lars von Trier, David Dencik, Mille Lehfeldt, Søren Pilmark, Bodil Jørgensen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Roles Ursula Østdal
Rating61% 3.097443.097443.097443.097443.09744
Erik Nietzsche est un jeune Danois qui rêve de cinéma. Admis par erreur à l'école danoise de cinéma, il est frappé par la compétition nourrie entre les élèves, l'abstraction des cours (la technique n'est pas enseignée en première année) et la nullité de professeurs frustrés et pédants. Au fur et à mesure de déconvenues professionnelles mais aussi sexuelles ou politiques, il fait son apprentissage afin de réussir à s'imposer dans un monde qui n'épargne pas les naïfs.
Adam's Apples, 1h30
Directed by Anders-Thomas Jensen
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about religion, Films about disabilities
Actors Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen, Nicolas Bro, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars Ranthe
Roles Sarah
Rating77% 3.898383.898383.898383.898383.89838
Neo-Nazi gang leader Adam (Ulrich Thomsen), is granted parole from prison by participating in a rehabilitation program, where he joins the aggressive Saudi gas station robber Khalid (Ali Kazim) and the kleptomanic rapist Gunnar (Nicolas Bro). The community is headed by the priest Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen), who believes firmly and blindly in the goodness of man, and is seemingly oblivious to the ongoing misconduct and aggression of his charges.
Forty Shades of Blue, 1h48
Directed by Ira Sachs
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Actors Rip Torn, Dina Korzun, Darren E. Burrows, Jenny O'Hara, Stuart Greer, Red West
Roles Lonni
Rating61% 3.0982653.0982653.0982653.0982653.098265
À Memphis, Tennessee, Alan et Laura forment un couple original, mais dont la passion semble pour le moins éteinte : producteur de légende, Alan est un des rares Blancs à avoir produit de la soul dans les années 1960. Beaucoup plus jeune et fraîchement débarquée de sa Russie natale, Laura passe l'essentiel de son temps à s'occuper de leur jeune fils, alors qu'Alan mène une vie très débridée.
The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear
Directed by Jannik Hastrup
Origin France
Genres Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Le thème de l'enfant sauvage, Mise en scène d'un ours, L'enfance marginalisée, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Benoît Allemane, Otto Brandenburg, Paprika Steen, Ariane Deviègue, Bernard Alane, Patrick Poivey
Roles Female Bear (voice)
Rating67% 3.3990353.3990353.3990353.3990353.399035
Le film se déroule dans l'Arctique au début du XXI siècle. Un couple d'ours se prépare à la venue au monde de leur ourson en bavardant avec un corbeau maladroit. Par malheur, ils sont pris en chasse par une meute de loups, auxquels ils échappent après une poursuite mouvementée ; mais quelque temps après, l'ourse donne naissance à un ourson mort-né. Au même moment, l'épouse d'un chasseur inuit accouche d'un fils en pleine santé qu'ils nomment « Petit Ours ». Pendant ce temps, l'ourse est inconsolable après la mort de son petit. L'ours tente de la consoler par tous les moyens, puis, désespéré, erre sur la glace et arrive aux abords de la maison du chasseur au moment où celui-ci est absent. Il s'approche de la maison, aperçoit le nouveau-né et profite d'un moment où la mère a le dos tourné pour entrer dans la maison et s'emparer du petit. Malgré les efforts de la femme, il parvient à s'enfuir. Dès son retour, le chasseur se lance à la poursuite de l'ourse mais ne parvient pas à le rattraper.