January 16, 2011 – Hollywood, CA— The Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film was awarded to In A Better World from Denmark. The film, directed by Susan Bier, beat out Biutiful(Spain), I Am Love, The Concert, and The Edge. Susan Bier accepted the award with an emotional speech:
“Thank you so much!” she exclaimed. “Hollywood foreign press, I am really surprised and extremely honored. I was in the company of some fantastic directors, so thank you to all of you. Thank you to the great actors, the fantastic crew, the Danish film institute., and—in this particular context— thank you to Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics, because you actually dared to believe in a movie where people talk as if they have potatoes down their throat!…Thank you everybody here, I’m so honored and surprised and very, very happy!”
In A Better World was written in collaboration by Anders Thomas Jensen and director Susan Bier, and stars Mikael Persbrandt.
The majority of voters in our Best Foreign Film poll actually predicted the winner correctly, with over 28% of readers voting for In A Better World. Thank you to everyone who took part in our poll, and we look forward to more opportunities for your input!
In A Better World (Denmark)
In A Better World brings human emotion and empathy to the forefront in a story of family and friendship from unlikely sources. Director Susan Bier masterfully portrays the struggles of two Danish families with the contrasting elements of an African Refugee Camp and a quaint, idyllic Danish town.