Soren Kragh-Jacobsen: Danish film artist

Born: March 2, 1947

Most children spend at least part of their day dreaming. Children with dyslexia, being more creative, typically spend even more time each day in a world of their own. However, few children get to grow up to turn their dreams into movies. However, that is what happened with Soren Kragh-Jacobsen.

Beginning with television shows for children in the 1970s, Kragh-Jacobsen soon made a name for himself for his unconventional take of child life. It was not long before he took his talent to the big screen.

Crossing from television to film-making was natural to me and crossing from children’s television to children’s film-making simply made sense.

In one of his most famous films, Rubber Tarzan, he tells the story of a shy little boy bullied in school by his peers and at home by his father. While the film may not be completely autobiographical, it does represent some of the pathos that Kragh-Jaboson experienced as a dyslexic child.

Today, Kragh-Jacobsen still loves a challenge. He has done a number of films within the avant garde dogme style, that strictly limits what a director may and may not do when filming.

It started out as a very local phenomenon. We were going to do four films, for Denmark, for fun, and for the challenge of doing it with these rules.