Babette's Feast / Babettes gæstebud

Gabriel Axel (DK, 1987)

Babettes gæstebud (Gabriel Axel, DK, 1987)
Foto: Peter Gabriel

A Parisian fugitive from the 1871 Commune of Paris uprising, Babette, a fine cook, is taken into the poor fishing village home of two puritanical spinsters who consider food beyond oatmeal almost sinful. When Babette by chance comes into money, she blows it all on serving up the ultimate gourmet meal for the dazed villagers. Based on the Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) tale. 1988 Best Foreign Film Academy Award winner.

Based onA story by Karen Blixen.
CategoryDK/Feature

Basic information

Danish titleBabettes gæstebud
Other titlesDanish classics - selection
DirectorGabriel Axel
ScreenplayGabriel Axel
ProducerJust Betzer
Director of PhotographyHenning Kristiansen
ComposerPer Nørgård
Production designerSven Wichmann
Danish theatrical release28.08.1987
TV release1990-03-18
TV 2
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageDanish
Duration103 min.
Domestic distribution Pathé-Nordisk
International salePanorama Film
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Additional information

Technical info35 mm / 1,66:1 Widescreen / Eastmancolor / Dolby
Length in meters2830 m
Danish ratingAllowed for all
Find moreJohs. H. Christensen: Besøgende hos elverdronningen. Levende Billeder 6/1987. Palle Schantz Lauridsen: Kunst og klipfisk. Kosmorama 181/1987.

Full credits

Direction
Gabriel AxelDirection
Tom HedegaardAssistant director
Annemarie AaesContinuity
Sanni Sylvester PetersenExtras coordinator
Niels Bjørn LarsenDance director
Script
Gabriel AxelScript
Production
Just BetzerExecutive producer
Bo ChristensenProducer
Lene NielsenProduction manager
Karen BentzonUnit manager
Thomas LydholmUnit manager
Sonja VesterholtProduction assistant
Cinematography
Henning KristiansenCinematography
Birger Bohm1st assistant camera
Rasmus Arrildt1st assistant camera
Peter KlitgaardCinematographer: 2. unit
Jesper FindCinematographer: 2. unit
Gunner NielsenKey grip
Stills
Peter GabrielStill photographer
Electrical dept.
Michael SørensenElectrical dept.
Michael WilsElectrical dept.
Jacob MarlowElectrical dept.
Editing
Liselotte HavmøllerAssistant editor
Mette SchrammAssistant editor
Music
Production design
Sven WichmannProduction design
Ena EiselSet dresser
Gary MøllerProperty assistant
Arvid BergProperty assistant
Rikke RabenProperty assistant
Kristian BroCarpenter
Wardrobe
Merete EngbækCostume assistant
Else PrangsgaardCostume assistant
Pia MyrdalWardrobe
Karl LagerfeldWardrobe
Makeup
Lydia PujolsMakeup
Aase TarpMakeup
Sound
Hans Erik AhrnSound mixer
Jacky DufourFoley artist
Special effects
Henning BahsSpecial effects
Other credits
Jan PetersenExpert: gastronomy
Appearance
Ghita NørbyFortællerstemme
Stéphane AudranBabette Hersant
Bodil KjerFilippa
Hanne StensgaardFilippa som ung
Vibeke HastrupMartine som ung
Jean-Philippe LafontAchille Papin
Jarl KulleGeneral Lorens Löwenhielm
Gudmar WivessonLorens Löwenhielm som ung
Bibi AnderssonSvensk hofdame
Bendt RotheGamle Nielsen
Erik PetersenErik, dreng
Ebbe RodeChristopher
Ebba WithGeneralens tante
Pouel KernSøstrenes far
Else PetersenSolveig
Finn NielsenKøbmanden
Lars LohmannFisker
Tine Miehe-RenardGeneralens hustru
Thomas AntoniSvensk løjtnant
Gert BastianFattig mand
Viggo BentzonFisker i robåd
Tina KibergFilippas sangstemme
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
6th Favorite Foreign Language Film Ever:
Gabriel Axel
2000 Landmark Theatres Popular Poll 2000
Event prize:
Michael Dela
1996 Abu Dhabi Danish Film Arrangement 1996
Best Foreign Feature Film, BAFTA:
Gabriel Axel
1989 BAFTA, British Academy Awards 1989
Best Female Actor:
Stéphane Audran
1989 BAFTA, British Academy Awards 1989
Best Foreign Language Film:
Gabriel Axel
1989 BFFS, British Federation of Film Societies 1989
Nominated Best Foreign Film 1989 Paris French Film Academy, César 1989
Best Director, Youth Jury:
Gabriel Axel
1988 Brussels International Film Festival 1988
Le grain d' or:
Gabriel Axel
1988 Brussels International Film Festival 1988
Best Film, Jury of the Press:
Gabriel Axel
1988 Brussels International Film Festival 1988
Best Film, Youth Jury:
Gabriel Axel
1988 Brussels International Film Festival 1988
Robert, Best Female Leading Actor:
Stéphane Audran
1988 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 1988
Best Creation of Female Part:
Gabriel Axel
1988 Digne Women's Film Festival 1988
Best Female Actor:
Stéphane Audran
1988 Digne Women's Film Festival 1988
Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film:
Gabriel Axel
1988 Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 1988
Grand Jury Prize:
Gabriel Axel
1988 Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 1988
Audience Award 1988 Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 1988
Shown in Un certain Regard 1987 Cannes, Festival de 1987
Ecumenical Prize:
Gabriel Axel
1987 Cannes, Festival de 1987
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San Sebastian International Film Festival 21-09-2012
FOR TEST USE ONLY - festival 17-04-2012
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 06-07-2010
Hong Kong International Film Festival 05-08-2009
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 29-10-2008
Cork Film Festival 14-10-2007
New York Scandinavian House 19-09-2007
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007
Bukarest EU-Filmfestival 26-04-2007
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 21-03-2007
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 11-11-2006
Athens Olympia Int. Film Festival For Children and Young People 01-10-2006
Berlinale 09-02-2006
Dijon Int. Festival of Cinema & Gastronomy 02-11-2005
Dijon Int. Festival of Cinema & Gastronomy 17-11-2004
Damascus Int. Film Festival 06-12-2003
Copenhagen International Film Festival 13-08-2003
Rome Vatican Screening 08-05-2003
New York Scandinavian House 03-10-2001
Riga "...And The Word Became Film" 14-04-2001
Rønshoved Højskole 01-02-2001
Sheffield Cinema Showroom 21-06-2000
Københavns Universitet 01-02-2000
Ottawa National Gallery 30-12-1999
London Gabriel Axel Retrospective 02-07-1999
Rabat EU Film Festival 16-11-1998
International Film Festival of Wales 13-11-1998
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 05-11-1998
London National Film Theatre 24-08-1998
Greifswald Nordischer Klang 06-05-1998
Damaskus Danish Film Week 03-05-1998
Haderslev The Well Told Story 16-03-1998
Kuala Lumpur EU Film Festival 30-09-1997
Freiburg Script Workshop 04-06-1997
Ljubljana Retrospective of European Film 15-05-1997
Cotonou EU Film Festival 03-05-1997
New York Danish Film Event 11-04-1997
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 13-03-1997
Riga Danish Cultural Institute 01-10-1996
Mexico Muestra de Cine Danés en America 30-04-1996
Kiel Festival Cinarchea 18-04-1996
Nicaragua Muestra de Cine Danés 01-04-1996
Costa Rica Muestra de Cine Danés 05-03-1996
Niamey EU Film Festival 15-01-1996
Niger EU Film Festival 15-01-1996
Johannesburg Scandinavian Film Festival 20-11-1995
Corsica, Lama Film Festival 01-08-1995
Prague Brno EU Film Festival 21-04-1995
Paris Danish Cultural Week 29-03-1995
Ouagadougou European Film Week 04-04-1994
Porto University of Porto, Nordic Culture Festival 15-11-1993
Nairobi EU Film Festival 13-10-1993
København Open Air 09-08-1993
Warsaw Danish Film Week 05-07-1993
Sofia Bulgarska Nacionalna Filmoteka 15-05-1993
Kuala Lumpur EU Film Festival 17-12-1992
Latvia Baltic Films 15-11-1992
London Barbican Centre 12-11-1992
Poznan Nordic Film Week 04-04-1992
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 11-03-1992
Poznan Nordic Film Week 25-11-1991
Utrecht Dutch Film Days 18-09-1991
Copenhagen Sommerbio 15-07-1991
Moscow Danish Film Week 20-04-1991
Rome The Italian Cultural Institute 16-04-1991
New York American-Scandinavian Foundation 11-04-1991
New York Nordic Film Festival 11-03-1991
Gijon International Film Festival 20-07-1990
København Open Air 11-06-1990
København Frue Plads Turistarrangement 10-06-1990
Algeria Danish Film Week 16-01-1990
Barcelona Danish Film Week 16-10-1989
Montreal Danish Film Week 03-09-1989
Manila Kulturmanifestation 10-04-1989
Belgrade International Film Festival 27-01-1989
New Delhi Filmotsav 10-01-1989
Lanester Danish Film Week 08-11-1988
Vancouver International Film Festival 30-09-1988
Digne Women's Film Festival 20-09-1988
Vevey International Comedy Film Festival 22-08-1988
Minneapolis, Rivertown Int. Fi 29-04-1988
Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 11-04-1988
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 02-03-1988
Berlinale 12-02-1988
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 28-01-1988
Brussels International Film Festival 14-01-1988
London Film Festival 12-11-1987
Cork Film Festival 25-09-1987
Toronto International Film Festival 10-09-1987
Brussels Kvalitetsfilmarrangement 01-07-1987
Rimini Europa Cinema 01-07-1987
La Rochelle Intern. Film Festival 27-06-1987
Cannes, Festival de 07-05-1987
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