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.
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.”