Jørgen Leth
(Denmark)

Jørgen Leth was born 1937 in Århus, Denmark. He studied literature and anthropology in Aarhus and Copenhagen and was a cultural critic (jazz, theatre, film) for leading Danish newspapers from 1959 to 1968. His interest in Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski had a profound influence on his work. He travelled in Africa (1961), South America and India (1966) and Southeast Asia (1970–71). His first book was published in 1962 and he has written 10 volumes of poetry and eight non-fiction books. He made his first film in 1963 and has since made 40 more, many distributed worldwide. His most acclaimed is a 1967 short, The Perfect Human, which also featured in the 2003 film The Five Obstructions made by Leth and Lars von Trier. Leth's sports documentaries bring an epic, almost mythic, dimension to the field, as seen in Stars and Watercarriers/Stjernerne og Vandbærerne (1973) and A Sunday in Hell/En forårsdag i helvede (1977).
He has been a creative consultant for the Danish Film Institute (1971–73, 1975–77) as well as chairman of the Institute's board (1977–82). He has also been a professor at the Danish National Film School in Copenhagen, at the State Studiocenter in Oslo and has lectured at UCLA, Berkeley, Harvard and other American universities.
Leth covered the Tour de France for Denmark's TV 2 from 1988 until 2005 as the expert commentator in partnership with journalist Jørn Mader. In 1999, he was appointed Danish honorary consul in Haiti. He has lived in Jacmel, Haiti since 1991.

You can see Truls Lie's film The Seduced Human about Leth at DAFilms.com

Films
Filmography
Pelota II
2015
Jeg taler til jer - John Kørners verden / I Am Talking To You
2013
Erotic Man
2010
Det Meste Af Tiden
2009
Aarhus
2005
De fem benspænd / The Five Obstructions
2003
Nye scener fra Amerika / New Scenes from America
2003
Drømmere / Dreamers
2002
Jeg er levende - Søren Ulrik Thomsen, digter/ I Am Alive
1999
Haiti. Uden titel / Haiti. Untitled
1996
Michael Laudrup - en fodboldspiller / Michael Laudrup: A Football Player
1993
Traberg
1992
Notater om kærligheden / Notes on Love
1989
Det legende menneske / Moments of Play
1986
Notater fra Kina / Notebook from China
1986
Udenrigskorrespondenten / Haiti Express
1983
Step on Silence
1982
66 scener fra Amerika / 66 Scenes from America
1982
At danse Bournonville
1979
Kalule
1979
En forårsdag i Helvede / A Sunday in Hell
1976
Det gode og det onde / The Good and the Bad
1975
Den umulige time / The Impossible Hour
1974
Klaus Rifbjerg
1974
Stjernerne og vandbarerne / The Stars and the Water Carriers
1974
Kinesisk bordtennis / Chinese Ping-Pong
1972
Livet i Danmark / Life in Denmark
1971
Eftersogningen / The Search
1970
Motion Picture
1970
Frandelos / Without Kin
1970
Dyrehaven: Den romantiske skov / The Deer Garden: The Romantic Forest
1970
Dyrehavefilmen / The Deer Garden
1969
Jens Otto Krag
1969
Nar himlen, nar jorden / Near Heaven, Near Earth - together with Ole John
1968
Ofelias blomster / Ophelia's Flowers
1968
Det perfekte menneske / The Perfect Human
1967
Se frem til en tryg tid / Look Forward to a Time of Security
1964
Stopforbud / Stop for Bud
1963

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