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Susanne Bier

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15, 1960
Copenhagen, Denmark
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15, 1960 (age 61)
Copenhagen, Denmark


First female director to ever win a European Film Award who later became known to Netflix faithful as the director of Bird Box. She has also directed the Danish films Brothers (2004), After the Wedding (2006) and In a Better World (2010).

Before Fame

She wanted to reconnect with her Jewish roots after finishing high school and went on to study art at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She then studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London before returning to film and graduating from the National Film School of Denmark in 1987.


She was a member of the jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Family Life

She married and divorced Swedish actor and director Philip Zanden with whom she has children named Gabriel and Alice. She then married singer and composer Jesper Winge Leisner.

Associated With

She directed the hit Netflix original film Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock.