“Risky” was a word British director Tom Hooper heard a lot when he was trying to get “The Danish Girl” made seven years ago. Yet when the movie about a pioneering 1920s transgender woman arrives in US movie theatres this week, it catches a shift in the cultural zeitgeist that is expected to help take the film and its stars all the way to the Oscars. “I saw it as a small passion project. A labour of love,” said Hooper, whose “The King’s Speech” won best picture, director and actor Oscars in 2011.–Reuters

“So I am very happy that it’s coming out now.”

“The Danish Girl” - to be released worldwide in the coming months - tells the story of Danish artist Einar Wegener, who after marriage transitioned to a woman named Lili Elbe and in 1930 became the first person known to have undergone gender reassignment surgery. It also depicts the unusual love story between Lili and the woman who remained by her side, her wife, artist Gerda Wegener.