Rie Rasmussen is a Danish actress, film director, writer, and photographer. She was discovered at the age of fifteen while on holiday in New York. After attending film school as a writer-director, Rasmussen made her breakthrough in the film industry when she acted in Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller Femme Fatale, which starred former supermodel Rebecca Romijn. Rasmussen was given the role after the director was impressed by short stories she had written about her life experiences. With her partner Travis Marshall, she wrote and directed two short films, one of which, Thinning the Herd, was part of the official selection of more than 20 film festivals around the world, including the Quentin Tarantino Film Festival in Austin and the Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened in competition for the Palme d’Or du court métrage. She also appears in Luc Besson’s Angel-A in the title role.
Her first feature film, Human Zoo, she wrote, directed and produced. Human Zoo was officially selected at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and opened the Panorama section. It is a drama loosely based on the story of her adopted Vietnamese sister struggling to acquire citizenship, set against the backdrop of the conflict in Kosovo. The film highlights the problems with immigration and learned aggression. It unfolds in a non-linear storytelling structure with extreme violence throughout.