Festivalens præsentation af Bier
"Susanne Bier’s cinema is a brave cinema. The characters of her films are heroes. They may not fly through the air, or save humanity, or possess superhuman powers. But they live in contemporary societies; they have to surmount daily obstacles that are caused by external as well as internal factors; they have to go beyond their personal limits, reconcile with familial burdens, walk a dangerous moral tightrope, and, somehow, while still struggling, they must find it within themselves to joke after work, to smile amidst the conflict, to reach out after the loss.
Susanne Bier’s cinema is brave, but it is also generous. All her heroes are human. They have weaknesses, needs, desires; they get angry, sometimes they upset and hurt other people – and they’re afraid. Like their creator, who has said at times that there are different things she is afraid of: the randomness of events, the danger of contentedness, how we deal with the instinct of revenge. Susanne Bier is afraid and she makes movies to exorcise her fears. But in doing so she doesn’t burden her films – or her audience. Because she doesn’t unload her worries and anxieties; instead she shares, she listens, she discusses, she empathizes, she wonders – and always, at the end, she hopes. What could be more brave and more generous?"
- Elena Christopoulou