Maria Sødahl (b. 1965) made her first short film, Life is Hard and Then you Die, in 1989, following which she attended the Danish National Film School's directing-programme, graduating in 1993. In the following year she has written and directed several TV-dramas, documentaries and short films, and has been the recipient of multiple national and international awards for her work, such as The Grand Prix at the Norwegian Short Film Festival in 1993 for the short Bulldozer, and The Special Price of the Jury at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 1995, for the short Sara. In addition to the aforementioned films her work also include notable productions like Wrath (2000, as part of the portmanteau film The Seven Deadly Sins) and the documentary Lottery Dreams (a.k.a. Den skandinaviske drømmen) from 2001.
She made her debut as a feature film director with the critically acclaimed drama Limbo in 2010, which she also wrote the original screenplay for. The film was widely hailed by critics, and even garnered her the Best Director award at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival.