In a Better World
In a Better World

In a Better World

Director Susanne Bier

Production year 2010

Length 113min.

Country Denmark


The story traces elements from a refugee camp in Africa to the grey humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake.


Susanne Bier
Susanne Bier



Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Vibeke Windeløv


Anders Thomas Jensen

Director of Photography

Morten Søborg

Production designer

Morten Søborg

Music by

Johan Söderqvist


Lars Rasmussen


Pernille Bech Christensen, Morten Egholm


Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Markus Rygaard, William Jøhnk Nielsen

Production company(ies)

Zentropa Entertainments29 ApS Filmbyen 22 2650 Hvidovre

Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier graduated of the National Film School of Danmark, 1987. Academy Award semi-finalist and awardwinner at the Munich Film School Festival for her graduation film. Bier's feature film debut, the Swedish-Danish co-production Freud Leaving Home (1991) was recipient of international plaudits, as was her Danish-Swedish-Portuguese Family Matters (1993). Bier's next Swedish film, Like It Never Was Before (1995), was recipient of the Critic's Award at Montreal. Following her Danish feature The One and Only (1999), a critics' favourite and bringing in nearly a million admissions in Denmark alone, her reputation as an established filmmaker excelled. Two boxoffice hits followed: the Dogme film Open Hearts (2002), selected for San Sebastian, Sundance, and Toronto where it received Special Mention, and Brothers (2004), recipient of the Audience Award at Sundance and Best Acting Awards at San Sebastian. Bier received an Oscar nomination for After the Wedding (2006), and 2007 saw the release of her US-produced Things We Lost in the Fire, starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. In a Better World (2010) opened to rave reviews and top boxoffice, toured worldwide - returning with prestigious awards from Rome and Seville, etc., a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.


Freud Leaving Home (1991), Brev til Jonas (1992), FamilyMatters (1994), Abra Pensionat Oskar/Like It Never Was Before (1995), Credo (1997), The One and Only (1999), Once in a Lifetime (2000), Open Hearts (2002), Brothers (2004), After the Wedding (2006), Things We Lost in the Fire (2007), In a Better World (2010), Love Is All You Need (2012), Serena (2014), A Second Chance (2015).

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