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BERLIN -- Danish director Lone Scherfig has shot in English before -- with the well-received "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself" -- but she admits she found it daunting taking on her latest project -- the British '60s period piece "An Education."

"It's quite a British film about a time in England that was very different from the situation in Denmark in the same period. I was worried about getting it right. Especially getting the dialogue and feeling right," Scherfig told The Hollywood Reporter. "Luckily (screenwriter) Nick Hornby is very good with dialogue, and the script was excellent. I don't think I've stuck so close to a script in any of my other films."

A coming-of-age story featuring Peter Sarsgaard and U.K. Shooting Star Carey Mulligan, "An Education" had its European premiere at the Berlinale this week.

Despite being set in London in the pre-swinging '60s, Scherfig said she was careful not to give "An Education" a "period feel."

"I tried to create an effortless tone, so you don't have that problem you have with most period films, that the audience feels like a tourist in this other time, with all these strange costumes and hairdos," she noted.

"An Education" was enthusiastically received at its world premiere at Sundance, where the film walked away with both the audience and cinematography awards. But Scherfig knows the real test will be England.

"I am very nervous about how an English audience will judge it. There are a lot of people in Britain who remember the period very well," she said. "If they like it, we'll know we got it right."