Tonight Academy Awards announced the Danish film, In A Better World, directed by Susan Bier, as the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Award. Susan Bier, director of In A Better World received the OSCAR from Russel Brand and Helem Murray.
In a Better World is the story of Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne (Trine Dyrholm), who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, twelve-year-old son Elias (Markus Rygaard) is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen), a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus (Ulrich Thomsen). Christian’s mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death.
Last week in an interview with Cinema Without Borders, Susan Bier, director of In A Better World said “Winning would be great for the film because it is the most important prize that any film and filmmaker can receive, so the film would be able to reach a much bigger audience.”