Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier ( born April 15, 1960 in Copenhagen) is an award -winning Danish director. Among other things, her movie In a Better World won the 2011 Oscar for best foreign language film.

Life and work

Susanne Bier's Jewish father, Rudolf Salomon beer fled in child age before the German National Socialists to Denmark. Her mother is from Denmark Henni Jonas. After high school she studied art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She graduated in 1987 from the National Film School of Denmark in Copenhagen in film directing. Her graduation film De saliges ø Award in the same year at the International Festival of Film Schools in Munich.

According to the director of music videos, commercials and feature films, the first breakthrough followed in their home country with the right thing (1999). The comedy of two inter- friendly Copenhagen couples who decide to fulfill their desire for children, won the Danish Film Award Bodil. In addition, beer has two Dogma films realized: Open Hearts, for which she received first international recognition, and Brothers - Between brothers, whose screenplay she wrote with Anders Thomas Jensen.

2006 should beer two films Hollywood productions stage. Chasing Montana by a father to his daughter, both doctors, with Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead role, the ratio, however, was not realized. With the British-American drama Things we Lost in the Fire (English title A new opportunity ) to the difficult relationship between a young mother to drug addicted friend of her shot man yet was the first English-language film beer, starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.

2008 beer was appointed to the jury of the 58th Berlin Film Festival. But the post of member of the jury could not compete because of the preparations for her latest film in the United States.

2010 beer took In a better world again of a family drama. The story of two boys (played by Markus Rygaard and William Jøhnk Nielsen ), which are not understood by their parents and make an explosive device, won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Production with Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen was awarded in the same year with the Oscar in the same category. Also winning beer was the first woman the European Film Award for Best Director. The screenplay for In a Better World wrote again Anders Thomas Jensen, who already After the wedding, wrote the screenplay.

2013 she was appointed to the jury of the 63rd International Film Festival of Berlin.

Beer often collaborates with cinematographer Morten Søborg editor Pernille Bech and Christensen, whom she knows since the time shared at the Film School and estimates.

Susanne Bier is the mother of a son (* 1989) and a daughter (* 1995). She lives in Copenhagen.

Filmography (selection)


Moreover, won In a better world the Oscar and Golden Globe Award each for Best Foreign Language Film