One of Denmark's most successful film directors, Susanne Bier, is starting to make a name for herself here in the United States. Given that her latest film, "After the Wedding," was one of the five nominees for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, it might be more accurate to say that she has made a full-fledged splash.
It would be easy to assume that director-writer Jeff Lipsky, whose "Flannel Pajamas" intimately chronicles the arduous rise and tragic fall of a Jewish man's marriage to a Catholic woman, is a relative newcomer to independent film. After all, this is but his second movie. His first, 1997's "Childhood's End," was a little-seen coming-of-age story about several young people in Minneapolis. But Lipsky actually is one of the most important names in the indie world. Just not as a director. Not yet, anyway.