Glowing Stars (2009) marks Lisa Siwe’s feature directing debut. Previously she has directed Firewall (2006) for television, based on a Henning Mankell detective novel. Siwe was born in Gothenburg, and grew up in Stockholm. She is a graduate of the Stockholm Film School and of the Film Directors’ Program of the Swedish University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre (DI). Her graduation film Birthdays and Other Disasters was greatly acclaimed, winning the prize for best movie at the Karlovy Vary film festival. The film also landed her a position as scriptwriter and director at the Madstonefilms Co in New York, where she remained for two years. Among Siwe’s other productions are short films, like Daydreams (1997) and Long Live Lennart (2005).