In her native Denmark, Lone Scherfig began her career directing award-winning commercials and television dramas. Her first feature as director, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP, was screened at the 1991 Berlin International Film Festival and “new directors”, MOMA New York. Her second feature, ON OUR OWN, won the Grand Prize at the Montreal Film Festival. Lone next wrote and directed Denmark's fifth official "Dogme 95" film, ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS, which won among many other awards the Silver Bear Jury Prize for Best Director at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival....Read More
Susanne Bier is one of the most accomplished Euro- pean filmmakers of our time. The Danish screenwriter and director is responsible for such internationally successful films as EFTER BRYLLUPPET (AFTER THE WEDDING) and BRØDRE (BROTHERS), a gripping depiction of a conflict among brothers amidst the emotional turmoil of the Afghan war. Due to its enormous success, the film was remade in Hollywood in 2009, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Natalie Portman. Bier realized her first US film in 2007 with THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE, a melodrama revolving around a family trying to cope with the loss of husband and father.Her family drama HÆVNEN (IN A BETTER WORLD) garnered the Academy Award® for “Best Foreign Language Film”, compellingly depicting a family’s coming to terms with the oppositional worlds of Europe and Africa as well as child and adulthood, and the straining dichotomy of revenge and forgiveness. At the ZFF MASTERS, Susanne Bier offers insight into her work as a filmmaker. What hurdles did she have to overcome to take a foothold in the male-dominated film indus- try? And what challenges face European film workers in Hollywood?