After having made a career on the edge of relationsdramer it was the right unexpectedly to denmark's Susanne Bier would take on a post-apocalyptic katastrofthriller with skräckeffekter.
the New Netflixfilmen ”Bird box” revolves around Sandra Bullocks mammafigur Malorie who tries to save himself and the two children, when a mysterious “force” is decimating the population at an alarming pace.
the evil kraftfenomenet immediately becomes blind. Malories only chance to get to safety is to travel in a boat with the eyes closed down a flooded river...
– Even if I have never been to any enthusiast of the apocalypse so I thought it skräckfyllda plot was a good starting point for a thriller, " says Susanne Bier on the telephone.
– Usually I tend to be the most tense and terrified before the ”monster” – or what ever it is – makes his entrance in horror movies. When the well turns out it wont be anticlimactic. Therefore, the challenge was with the ”Bird box” to either show or tell too much, to play on the audience's curiosity.
– unlike other dystopian stories I also wanted to bring a bit of hope in the traditionally pessimistic genre. I can't make films without hope, " says the Danish director who previously made the dependency-driven films with a comic edge that “Love you forever”, ”Life is a schlager” and ”After the wedding”.
“ the Revenge”, with Mikael Persbrandt and Kim Bodnia, opened Hollywood's doors wide open. A couple of years ago she was awarded with an Emmy for his directing of ”The night manager” after John Le Carrés spionroman. Long before that, she had been asked to read the script for ”Bird box” after Josh Malermans novel.
Both I and Sandra Bullock liked the script, but none of us went running on all cylinders. A few years later, we thought both the story suddenly felt more up to date and well timed. Maybe it's because we live in a more dystopian times, " says Bier
the Bier was intrigued by the odd modersfiguren Malorie who call their children ”Boy” and ”Girl” and let the survival instinct to go before anything else.
" They long for affection and someone who reads fairy tales, but Malorie want to do neither because she does not think that it increases their opportunities to survive.
" It was very exciting to portray an unconventional, yes, almost controversial, mammafigur that are not socially accepted. I also thought it was extra interesting to have Sandra Bullock in the lead role - she belongs to those actors that you like even when she plays tough, unsympathetic characters, " says Bier, who is gearing up for the holidays.
should she prepare for this spring's recording of the HBO series ”The undoing” with Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland. David E Kelly (”Big little lies”) the script is based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's novel, ”You should have known” that unfolds in Manhattan. The series stars Kidman the successful psychotherapist Grace Sachs whose personal life turned into chaos just before she will be launching her first book.
– It is a little early to talk about it, but it will of course be very exciting to work with this heavy ensemble, " says Bier.
Although the Danish director returns to relationsfacket with “The undoing” so she has been hungry for the action sequences after the “Bird box”.
"I will direct anything that contains stuntscener henceforth, joking she continues:
" I didn't think I would find it fun, but I became very engaged when we would choreograph bilkrascher and other violent scenes. The biggest technical challenge, however, was that the film Sandra Bullock and the two children blindfolded in a boat drifting down a stream, river, " she says.
can see that the ”Bird box” is also a story that filosoferar around the seendets nature – about what we choose to see and not see.
" Yes, absolutely, the metaphor of seeing is also a theme that attracted me. But I'm not going to interpret it for you – it is up to each one. When I read the script, I was seduced by the metaphor that permeates the entire story. On the recording, I was not so focused on itself the metaphor, but rather how it in a practical way would feel genuine and realistic, " says Susanne Bier.