Peter Aalbæk Jensen steps down from Zentropa

Peter Aalbaek Jensen

On the 8th of April, his 60th birthday, the Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen stepped down as the CEO of Zentropa, which he launched with Lars von Trier in January 1992

“My time here has been full of days I have enjoyed – my latest remarkable victories, such as the triumphs over the archenemy, the Danish Film Institute, which was first overturned in a case about auditor’s records, and was then told that the decision to put Zentropa under ‘strict supervision’ was illegal,” he declared.

He also stated that his latest three productions, Danish directors Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune and Jesper W Nielsen’s The Day Will Come, and Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s Conspiracy of Faith, are sure to sell at least 1.2 million tickets domestically during the first six months of 2016 – and Danish actress Trine Dyrholm won a Silver Bear for her performance in The Commune, to boot.
At Zentropa he will be replaced by a five-member management team, with Anders Kjaerhauge as managing director.


Aalbaek Jensen will remain in the company and will concentrate on instigating new projects. With 183 films to his credit as a producer, he still owns 25% of Zentropa with Lars von Trier, with Kristian Levring owning another 25% and Nordisk film owning the remaining 50%.

Here are some of the works Aalbaek Jensen has produced:

  • A Conspiracy of Faith
  • The Salvation
  • In Order of Disappearance
  • Nymphomaniac
  • A Royal Affair
  • In a Better World
  • Go with Peace, Jamil
  • After the Wedding


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.