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Oscar winners: Susanne Bier says award is significant for 'almost unknown' foreign film [Video]

February 28, 2011 | 12:54 pm

When no women were nominated in the director category this year, many critics lamented the fact that a "Kathryn Bigelow effect" had not occurred after "The Hurt Locker" director's win in 2010.

Susanne Bier, the Danish director of Sunday's foreign-language film winner "In a Better World," agreed that there should be more female directors.

"Women, nowhere in the world, have the kind of important position in society in the amount that they ought to have. It's like a larger discussion about society," she said on the red carpet before the telecast. "It doesn't have to do with the film industry. It has to do with the way we look at women and men."

Bier, whose film also took the foreign film prize at the Golden Globes in January, said getting to attend the Oscars made her feel like a "princess for a night." But beyond the glamour of the event, the filmmaker said the evening held a greater significance for her.

A win, she said on the carpet, "will mean a lot for the film. It will mean a [stamp of quality] for a movie which is a Danish film, which is almost unknown and suddenly becomes known in a different way."

"It means a lot to me, personally," she said, "and I'd be very, very happy."


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— Amy Kaufman