Award winning Danish director Birgitte Stærmose’s second feature Darling premiered at The London Film Festival in October last year and in the US at The Santa Barbara Film Festival in February. The film is produced by Zentropa with a screenplay by Kim Fupz Aakeson based on a story he and Birgitte developed together. Danica Curcic plays a prima ballerina who returns to Denmark with her husband/choreographer Franz, played by Gustaf Skarsgård, after several years abroad, to dance Giselle with the Danish Royal Ballet. During rehearsals she has a serious injury that ends her career.
Birgitte’s debut feature, Room 304, also with a Kim Fupz Aakeson script, featured an impressive cast of Danish and international actors in an atmospheric multi-plot drama about people meeting in the intimacy of hotel rooms – secrets are revealed and unexpected events merge into a dramatic tale of love and longing. It won several international awards including two for Best Director. It was released in more than 10 countries following screenings at various festivals including a premiere in the main competition at Karlovy Vary IFF.
Her documentary, Out of Love, depicted the lives of children trying to survive the aftermath of war in Kosovo. The children are filmed against the eerie backdrops of Pristina, recounting their gripping, sad stories of memory, loss and fear. It received numerous prestigious awards at festivals worldwide, including Berlin, Rotterdam, Camerimage, Melbourne, Odense, Cinema de Brive, Stockholm, Copenhagen and a European Best Short Award nomination.
Her previous work includes the award-winning short films Now, Look at Me, Small Avalanches, Letters from Denmark, Principles of Attraction and Sophie. She was the co-writer on the multi-award winning feature The Idealist directed by Christina Rosendahl. Her tv work includes episodes of Norskov a new Scandi crime series shown on Channel 4 in the UK and on Netflix worldwide. She has directed in eight different languages and is a guest lecturer at the Danish National Film School and a Board member of the Federation of European Film Directors.
Birgitte was awarded a BA in film studies from Copenhagen University and later a Master of Fine Arts degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. She worked in the film industry in the US before returning to Denmark after 14 years to concentrate on developing her directing career.