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" Any creative process is about being in a territory which isn't secure, isn't necessarily familiar, and isn't convenient in any sort of way. And that's the excitement of it. "
" I hate when the sun is high and there are no shadows. If I could do super high-budget movies, I would only shoot when the sun starts to get low - but you can't just shoot for four hours every day. "
" Oftentimes, reality is much worse than what you can put in a movie. "
" There are certain things you cannot accept. There are certain things that human beings cannot tolerate. "
" I don't do a lot of rehearsal. I don't like rehearsals. I rehearse the day or morning. I spend one hour and a half with all the actors, and we go over the scenes, and we change it and change the dialogue, and we do a lot of things to it, but prior to shooting, I don't really rehearse. "
" I never have particular actors planned when I'm in the process of writing. "
" For the Oscars, I had a speech in my hand, and I just knew if I opened the piece of paper, I was going to be unable to read it. So I just thought, 'I'm going to say, as coherently as I can, whatever I can.' "
" I see myself as a storyteller. "
" Parents can shape a child, but a great teacher can, too. "
" I believe in rules. I believe in artistic limitations, and I always have. I've always thought that setting out a set of rules before you start, and then being completely consistent with them, is the only way to make a really good film. "
" I've got this fear of becoming comfortable. "
" When I watch a movie myself, I want to forget that I'm watching a movie, and I want to be inside the movie. That's the kind of experience I want my audience to have. "
" Dogme is like leading a religious life, in that you are freeing yourself from making certain choices. It makes life easier. "
" For me, grief is a static thing, and my movies have an extremely dynamic sort of movement. "
" If you look at children's stories in fairy tales, they're pretty brutal. "
" I've always been slightly hesitant about generalizing movies made by men and women being different in their nature; I think movies by each director are different. Having said that, I think that it's kind of disgraceful that there aren't more female directors. "
" I don't want actors to be writers. I think it's too much responsibility. "
" I'm a huge fan of Richard Curtis - there's real grief, real compassion in his films as well as cheekiness; it's a wonderful cocktail. "
" At some stage in most people's lives, things turn upside down, and nothing is as you expected it to be. "
" As a filmmaker, I always try not to concern myself with the outcome of things. I make the movie, and I do that as honestly and good as I can. I don't want to pollute my thoughts with what is going to happen with it afterwards, because I have to work inside-out. "
" I don't know that there's more bullying or whether it's just more talked about. It seems to me that possibly that there's been a lot of bullying all the time, but at the moment, it's something that people are talking about. "
" I think most of my films all have a certain tone or intensity in them. They are tense, and you kind of anticipate some kind of catastrophe, but you're not quite sure. "
" Denmark is like a big family of people. "
" My favorite hobby is matchmaking. It's a lot easier to do it in movies then in real life because in real life, people don't do what I tell them to do. "
" I think the lack of automatically feeling, 'Yes, the future is going to be like the present' - that is very much a Jewish thing. "
" I guess I strongly feel that we cannot pretend that the Third World is not part of our world. We cannot say 'OK, there's that problem over there, let's just close our eyes' - we cannot do that. "
" I think it's extremely difficult consistently being a decent human being. "
" A significant number of women who have been ill or had marital issues feel they have no value, and society is so keen on telling us that's the case. "
" My mother has had breast cancer twice. And my mother has always been this very positive human being: a glass-half-full type. Like, when she was in treatment and feeling really bad, she would always talk about some nurse that was particularly nice to her. "
" You don't have to go very far away from Scandinavia to realize what an idyllic society it is. "
" I am very close to my family, and there's something life-affirming about that. Even if you feel completely different from them and have totally different views on politics and ethics, you're still family and have that immediate acceptance. "