Rie Rasmussen was born in Denmark in 1978 to an artist mother and an Economist father. She moved to New York at the age of 15 to paint and in 1998, to Huntington Beach, California where she briefly attended film school as a director. While writing in Paris, she was cast in Brian De Palmas “Femme Fatale” and after, was picked by director Tom Ford as the exclusive worldwide face of Gucci. At the age of 24, she directed her first short film, “Thinning the Herd” which she also wrote and acted in. It was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 2004. Rasmussen additionally opened the Taormina Film Festival with her second short film “Il Vestito,” which she also wrote and appeared in. In 2005, she was cast as the lead in Luc Besson’s “Angel-A,” a French speaking black and white fairytale set in Paris. “Human Zoo,” the first feature film Rasmussen wrote, directed and produced, was officially selected at last years Berlin Film Festival and was screened on opening night at the Panorama Presentation.