Stark, powerful drama has long been a trademark of Susanne Bier's storytelling. "Brothers", "After the Wedding" and, most recently, Bier's American debut "Things We Lost in the Fire" all centre on human dilemmas with life-changing potential. Bier's latest film "In a Better World", released in Danish cinemas 26 August, is no exception.
"In a Better World" traces elements from a refugee camp in Africa to the grey humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait, and soon friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake.
Trine Dyrholm plays the role of the doctor Marianne and Mikael Persbrandt her Swedish husband Anton. Ulrich Thomsen is cast in a third main role as the widower Claus. Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen have scripted the story, and Sisse Graum Jørgensen is producer for Zentropa. The film has received production subsidy from the Danish Film Institute.
TrustNordisk, who handle international sales, report that the film is sold to 30 key countries, including the North American territory where Sony Pictures Classics hold distribution rights.
In a Better World at TrustNordisk