Danish actress Iben Hjejle had a breakthrough US role in the film "High Fidelity" (2000) after acclaimed turns in the Denmark-filmed productions "Portland" (1996) and "Mifune" (1999). Hjejle, who lived in Massachusetts as a teenager, studied acting at The National Theatre School of Denmark, and teamed up with director Neals Arden-Oplev in the short film "Naked" (1991). Five years later, he cast her in "Portland", marking her feature film debut as an woman abused by her lover in this nihilistic look at the human condition. She followed up with a co-starring turn in "Mifune", Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's feature, the third to operate within the confines of 'Dogme '95', a manifesto created with fellow Danish directors Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier calling for naturalistic filmmaking. Here she gave a winningly feisty performance as an on-the-run prostitute who takes a job as a housekeeper for an odd family in an attempt to start a new life. The blonde actress' unadorned good looks and confident presence made her an especially effective contributor to the Dogma style of filmmaking.