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Overview (1)

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Mini Bio (1)

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part of the formula that has made her Denmark's leading female filmmaker and a powerhouse worldwide.

Bier's 2010 film In a Better World won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011, as well as an Italian Golden Globe Award® for Best European Film and Best Director at the European Film Awards. In 2007, Bier directed the award-winning Things We Lost in the Fire, starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, her first English-language film. Prior to this, as a writer/director she had helmed the multi-award-winning After the Wedding (2006), which was also an Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, and Brothers (2004), which won, among others, the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Boston Independent Film Festival. In 2002, Bier directed Open Hearts, shot in accordance with the Dogme '95 filmmaking aesthetic. The film won numerous awards, including the Audience Award at the Robert Festival (Danish Academy Award) and the International Film Critics' Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Bier also co-wrote and directed the romantic comedy The One and Only (1999), which won Best Film at the Danish Robert Awards and was the most watched domestic film in Denmark in 20 years, with one-fifth of the country's population having seen it at the cinema. In 2012, Bier made her triumphant return to the genre with the 2013 winner of the European Film Award for Best Comedy, Love Is All You Need, starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. In 2014, Bier directed A Second Chance, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Bier won the Emmy Award for directing the six-part mini-series The Night Manager (2016), starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, based on the 1993 novel of the same name by John le Carré.

Susanne Bier's latest project is Netflix's thriller Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Block-Korenbrot PR

Spouse (2)

Philip Zandén (25 June 1995 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Jesper Winge Leisner (? - present)

Trivia (8)

Studied arts at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and architecture at the Architectural Association in London.
Graduated from the Danish School of Film in Copenhagen (1987).
Born to Rudolf Salomon Bier (born in 1930) and his wife Hennie Jonas (born in 1936).
Has two children, Gabriel (born in 1989) and Alice Esther (born in 1995).
Ex-sister-in-law of Jessica Zandén.
Replaced Darren Aronofsky as the director of Serena (2014).
For years, she was developing a romantic comedy entitled 'Lost for Words', that was set to star 'Hugh Grant', but the project was eventually scrapped.
First, and to date only, female Danish director to have directed two movies nominated for "Best Foreign Language Film" at the Academy Awards.

Personal Quotes (3)

I use it [hand-held-camera] in order to enable actors to move around freely because I want them to be truthful at all times and that means they should be able to move and not be bound by a fixed camera position. I think if it's used for style it's a mistake. It's there to do something very specific.
[on the underlying premise of In a Better World (2010) (aka "In a Better World")]: It's about the distance between being savable and not savable. At what point does redemption become impossible? Is there such a point? This is what we wanted to explore in the subtext of the story. I also think it's very interesting to trace the route of an innocent who actually behaves like a terrorist but is really just an angry little boy - an angry little boy who can also be dangerous.
My first job as a filmmaker is to not make a boring film. I don't see a conflict between art and commerce, but I do see one between boredom and commerce. I think once you start structuring according to theme, things become more educational than emotional, and I don't think that works. I think it really is about addressing the conflict between the characters and addressing the storytelling and psychology. That way, the feelings are the undercurrent of the whole story, which is exciting.

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