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Exclusive clip: Susanne Bier looks to create a better world

March 29, 2011 | 11:59 pm

Few personalities provided a burst of fresh air this award season as much as Susanne Bier. With a mix of European artistry and American-style populism, the Danish director managed to bridge the gap between entertainment and cinema. And that was just in interviews.

"Many European filmmakers alienate the audience," the director told 24 Frames after she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her foreign-language drama “In a Better World,” which went on to win that award as well as an Oscar. "They don't think about engaging people."

The new movie from Bier, who previously gained acclaim for war picture “Brothers” and comic melodrama “After the Wedding,” opens this weekend in limited release. It’s an intimate story about two boys in rural Denmark who form a friendship, and also touches on larger themes of pacifism and violence. In the exclusive clip below, one of the boys goads his father, an avowed pacifist, to exact retribution on an auto mechanic who verbally abused him.

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