Employing the stripped-down lensing techniques of Dogme 95, Scherfig made a splash -- albeit a quiet one -- with the romantic comedy Italian for Beginners, which became an art-house hit and won a Silver Bear at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival.
Scherfig further expanded her audience with her English-language movie An Education, which chalked up Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, along with a Best Director BAFTA nod for Scherfig. The incisive coming-of-age drama also brought its leading lady, Carey Mulligan, a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
Jenny's teen life is a bore in 1961 London until she's immersed in the beguiling world of a much-older man. Even Jenny's parents are intrigued by David, but her unimpressed teacher works to keep Jenny's future from crumbling under David's influence.