SPOTLIGHT April, 2015: Susanne Bier, Director

bier9headSusanne Bier’s In A Better World won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011, putting her on Hollywood’s A-List. But transitioning from Copenhagen to Hollywood has been challenging. Bier’s Hollywood-honed Serena opened in March, 2015. after a two-year delay. Her extraordinary talent and unstoppable persistence put Bier in our April SPOTLIGHT. Read on…

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Susanne Bier interviewed by Jennifer Merin “After the Wedding” reviewed by Marcy Dermansky “After the Wedding” reviewed by Ella Taylor

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 23, 2019: AFTER THE WEDDING

Boasting powerful star performances by Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore and a story with big, emotional twists, Bart Freundlich’s “After the Wedding” is a gender-swapped remake of Susanne Bier’s same-named 2006 Danish drama. It’s a thought-provoking look at life choices, legacy, and motherhood that will stick with you after the credits roll.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 21, 2018: BIRD BOX

Atmospheric and tense, Susanne Bier’s “Bird Box” is both a post-apocalyptic horror/thriller story and a character study. Anchored by Sandra Bullock’s star performance, the film explores what happens after the majority of the world’s population is struck down by an affliction that makes them see visions so nightmarish that they’re driven to kill themselves as quickly as possible.

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BIRD BOX – Review by Nikki Baughan

Susanne Bier is a filmmaker with an innate ability to mine the painful truths of the human experience in a way that is both deeply intimate and profoundly universal. And so it is with Bird Box, her first foray into genre filmmaking, that distills the daunting responsibility of parenthood into one woman’s seeming impossible journey of survival in a world overrun by unseeable monsters.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 27, 2019: The Best of A Banner Year

Late December is a good time for a Movie of the Week recap: 38 of our selections have been femme-helmed, and all are about women — biodocs about influential game-changers like Tracy Edwards, Toni Morrison and Dr. Ruth, as well as narratives about complex fictional power players such as Claire in The Nightingale, Molly in Late Night and Orna in Working Woman. With inspiring stories about women’s struggles for equality and other key issues, AWFJ’s #MOTW roster shows the range and high level of achievement of women working in film. Here Team #MOTW presents our favorites. Wonder what’s in store?

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AFTER THE WEDDING – Review by Diane Carson

With today’s omnipresent information, shadow lives can be discovered and made public, and some decisions merit reconsideration. There are astonishing inequities between rich and poor in the U.S. and India, or almost anywhere in the U.S. But there’s a delicacy needed to presenting ideas for consideration, less can be more. Here the inequity is cast aside as the plot device it is, and the degree of Theresa’s stridency as an abusive boss telegraphs the lack of complexity with added misogyny.

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