‘Serena’ Director Susanne Bier Says Movies ‘Will Die Out’ If They Don’t Reflect Diversity

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Susanne Bier, director of the upcoming AMC miniseries “The Night Manager,” has slammed the sexism in the movie industry in an interview with BBC’s HARDtalk, criticizing Hollywood for excluding “talented women.”

“If film continues to not reflect the diversity of society, movies as an art form will die out,” said the director of the Oscar-winning Danish drama “In a Better World.”

Bier also announced her interest in joining the women-focused production company We Do It Together, which was set up with the aim of supporting work that challenges female stereotypes. Other backers include Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto and Amma Asante.

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She suggested in a recent column for the Guardian that the Oscars should add a category for best female director.

“At its most cynical, this would reward the choices made by studios who consider the work of women filmmakers, while shaming those who do not,” she said.

Bier also told Swedish newspaper Metro last month that she “would like to make a Bond movie.” “Who would not like it,” she added.

The director of the critically panned “Serena” also commented on the anti-Semitic remarks made by filmmaker Lars von Trier at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival: “The only thing I can tell you is that I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew, then later on came [Jewish] Susanne Bier and suddenly I wasn’t so happy about being a Jew,” von Trier said at the time.

“If you react to aggression, you make yourself in some way vulnerable,” Bier said about never confronting von Trier about the “repulsive and stupid” remarks. “I didn’t want to feel vulnerable.”

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  1. j s says:

    I get super bored only seeing stories by, about and for men.

  2. Economics says:

    Like many champions of diversity, she is ignoring the giant economic forces at work. Theatrical movies are made for an international market that could care less about diversity. Exclaiming that movies will die without diversity is like saying nobody will buy hamburgers unless they are served with pickles, onions and lettuce.

    • Aidan Taylor says:

      She’s not ignoring the economic forces, she’s well aware of them. She makes valid points about diversity. Just because the movie industry isn’t in a rush to open the door to women doesn’t mean that women should stop knocking on the door. Plenty of people don’t eat hamburgers at all and those who do like to have choices. Choices and diversities are what make life more interesting. Accepting that things are just the way they are is nothing to be proud of nor is it an attitude which achieves anything in any walk of life.

  3. Evangeline says:

    As a woman, I want to be recognized as among the best in my field, not as among the best women in my field.

  4. I will say though, I’m really enjoying the Night Manager. Watching episode 4 tonight.

  5. LOL. This is why they don´t get work. Totally oblivious to the business.

  6. Jim says:

    The average moviegoer doesn’t give a crap about all the whining over diversity and they certainly don’t lose any sleep over which multi-millionaire actor or actress or director (or directress? lol) gets a gold statue to put on their mantle. Having a best female director category would be a stupid idea. Further separating awards by gender would only serve to create a further gender divide. That separate but equal line of thinking was supposed to have died in the 60’s.

  7. BillUSA says:

    Give me a break. The movies have made it this far without your approval.

  8. Hollywood Mark says:

    More “Suffragette” films!

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