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The Danish Girl 

2015 | 119 min | K-12 | drama

A touching love story based on the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. 1926 Copenhagen-based artist Einar Wegener, who is married to Gerda Wegener, is known for his landscape paintings. Gerda is also an artist, less well known, but employed as a portrait painter of celebrities. Their marriage is strong and full of love.

Everything changes when Gerda asks her husband to pose as a model and wear a woman’s outfit to complete her painting. The experience changes the couple’s entire life. Einar notices that when he is Lili, he is able to realize himself at his truest and begins to live as a woman. Gerda, on the other hand, finds a new muse in Lili and matures into a new blossoming as an artist. The couple also has to face the prejudices of the surrounding society. They leave their home country for a more open-minded Paris. Again and again, Gerda shows her support for Lili.

Directed by Tom Hooper. As actors, e.g. Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard. Movie won an Oscar from Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

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About the movie

Subjects

  • arts
  • ethics
  • health education
  • history
  • psychology
  • social studies

Keywords

  • appearance
  • courage
  • defeating difficulties
  • differency
  • diverse
  • equality
  • Ethics
  • friendship
  • human rights education
  • identity and growing
  • learning materials
  • love
  • milieu and zeitgeist
  • parity
  • postion of women
  • relationships
  • rolemodels
  • sexuality
  • thought awakening

Genres

  • drama

Playlists

  • based on a book
  • based on true events
  • love story
  • rainbow

Age limits

  • K-12

Awards

  • Oscar

Studios

  • Uip

For media educator

The Danish Girl is based on the life story of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Gerda asks her husband to pose as a model and wear a woman's outfit to finish her painting. The experience changes the couple's entire life. Einar notices that when he is Lili, he can realize himself at his truest and begins to live as a woman.

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