Bille August

/B. 1948

Director and screenwriter. Born 9 November 1948, Denmark. Trained as a cinematographer and photographer in Stockholm before attending the National Film School of Denmark, from where he graduated in cinematography in 1973.

August's international breakthrough came with "Pelle the Conqueror" (1987), which received the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1988 and an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 1989. August received his second Palme d'Or in 1992 for the Swedish production "The Best Intentions" (1992), written by Ingmar Bergman.

August directed three award-winning films for children and youth in the '80s: "Zappa" (1983), "The World of Buster" (1984) and "Twist and Shout" (1984).

Since the early '90s August has directed a string of big international co-productions, including "The House of the Spirits," "Smilla's Sense of Snow," "Les Misérables," "Return to Sender," "Goodbye Bafana" and "Night Train to Lisbon."

Apart from his numerous film awards Bille August has been honored for his work as a film director with both the Danish and the Swedish Royal Order of Chivalry and the French order Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et Lettres.

August made his first Danish-produced film in 25 years with "Marie Krøyer" (2012). With "Silent Heart" (2014) the director returned to the human drama of his Palme d'Or, Golden Globe and Oscar winner "Pelle the Conqueror" (1987) and his Bergman-scripted "The Best Intentions" (1991).

Filmography

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Film Year Function Category
Silent Heart 2014 Direction DK/Feature
Night Train to Lisbon 2013 Direction Feature
Marie Kroyer 2012 Direction DK/Feature
Goodbye Bafana 2007 Direction Feature
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid 2007 Direction TV film
Return to Sender 2005 Direction DK/Feature
Clown 2005 Bille TV series
En sång för Martin 2001 Direction DK/Feature
Et mælkebøttebarn 1999 Sig selv TV documentary
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence 1999 Direction TV film
Les misérables 1998 Direction Feature
Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee 1997 Direction Feature
Jerusalem 1996 Direction Feature
Das Geisterhaus 1993 Direction Feature
The Best Intentions 1992 Direction Feature
Pelle the Conqueror 1987 Direction DK/Feature
The World of Buster 1984 Direction DK/Feature
Twist and Shout 1984 Direction DK/Feature
Zappa 1983 Direction DK/Feature
Maj 1982 Direction TV film
Sova räv 1982 Cinematography TV film
Guldhjertet 1981 Direction DK/Short fiction
Gräset sjunger 1981 Cinematography Feature
Killing Heat 1981 Cinematography Feature
Tomas, a child out of reach 1980 Cinematography DK/Documentary
Verden er så stor, så stor 1980 Direction TV film
Love 1980 Cinematography Feature
In my life 1978 Direction DK/Feature
Et par dage med Magnus 1978 Direction TV series
Christiania 1977 Cinematographer DK/Documentary
Hemåt i natten 1977 Cinematography Feature
Kim G. - en cykelrytter på Ordrupbanen 1976 Direction DK/Documentary
Ø 1973 Cinematography DK/Short fiction
Anomi 1972 Cinematography DK/Experimental
Bryd tavsheden Direction DK/Commercial
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Awards and nominations

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Award Release year Festivals Film
Special Mention:
Jesper Morthorst
2015 Katowice International Festival of Film Producers Regiofun 2015 Silent Heart
Audience Award:
Bille August
Jesper Morthorst
2015 Katowice International Festival of Film Producers Regiofun 2015 Silent Heart
Best Leading Actress 2015 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2015 Silent Heart
Best Actor in a Supporting Role 2015 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2015 Silent Heart
Best Danish Film 2015 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2015 Silent Heart
Best Screenplay 2015 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2015 Silent Heart
Best Actress 2014 San Sebastian International Film Festival 2014 Silent Heart
Bodil, Best Male Supporting Role:
Tommy Kenter
2013 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2013 Marie Kroyer
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date Film
European Union Film Festival, Singapore 11-05-2017 Marie Kroyer
Beijing International Film Festival 16-04-2017 Silent Heart
Beijing International Film Festival 16-04-2017 Silent Heart
Tokyo Northern Lights Festival 17-02-2017 Marie Kroyer
Yerevan, Golden apricot Int. FF 10-07-2016 Silent Heart
Yerevan, Golden apricot Int. FF 10-07-2016 Silent Heart
Tokyo Northern Lights Festival 06-02-2016 Silent Heart
Tokyo Northern Lights Festival 06-02-2016 Silent Heart
Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival 03-02-2016 Silent Heart
Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival 03-02-2016 Silent Heart
Torun, Camerimage 14-11-2015 Silent Heart
Torun, Camerimage 14-11-2015 Silent Heart
Cairo International Film Festival 11-11-2015 Silent Heart
Cairo International Film Festival 11-11-2015 Silent Heart
Katowice International Festival of Film Producers Regiofun 20-10-2015 Silent Heart
Katowice International Festival of Film Producers Regiofun 20-10-2015 Silent Heart
Haifa International Film Festival 26-09-2015 Silent Heart
Haifa International Film Festival 26-09-2015 Silent Heart
Nordisk Råds Filmpris 25-09-2015 Silent Heart
Nordisk Råds Filmpris 25-09-2015 Silent Heart
Helsinki Film Festival 17-09-2015 Silent Heart
Helsinki Film Festival 17-09-2015 Silent Heart
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 21-08-2015 Silent Heart
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 21-08-2015 Silent Heart
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 15-08-2015 Silent Heart
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 15-08-2015 Silent Heart
München International Film Festival 25-06-2015 Silent Heart
München International Film Festival 25-06-2015 Silent Heart
Shanghai International Film Festival 13-06-2015 Silent Heart
Shanghai International Film Festival 13-06-2015 Silent Heart
Transilvania International Film Festival 29-05-2015 Silent Heart
Transilvania International Film Festival 29-05-2015 Silent Heart
Santo Domingo International Film Festival 30-04-2015 Silent Heart
Santo Domingo International Film Festival 30-04-2015 Silent Heart
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 15-04-2015 Silent Heart
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 15-04-2015 Silent Heart
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 04-04-2015 Silent Heart
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 04-04-2015 Silent Heart
Vilnius International Film Festival 19-03-2015 Silent Heart
Prague Febiofest, Int. Film, TV and Video Festival 19-03-2015 Silent Heart
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 19-03-2015 Silent Heart
Vilnius International Film Festival 19-03-2015 Silent Heart
Prague Febiofest, Int. Film, TV and Video Festival 19-03-2015 Silent Heart
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 19-03-2015 Silent Heart
Göteborg International Film Festival 23-01-2015 Silent Heart
Göteborg International Film Festival 23-01-2015 Silent Heart
Marrakech International Film Festival 05-12-2014 Silent Heart
Marrakech International Film Festival 05-12-2014 Silent Heart
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 14-11-2014 Silent Heart
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 14-11-2014 Silent Heart
Kolkata Film Festival 10-11-2014 Silent Heart
Kolkata Film Festival 10-11-2014 Silent Heart
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 31-10-2014 Silent Heart
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 31-10-2014 Silent Heart
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 24-09-2014 Silent Heart
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 24-09-2014 Silent Heart
San Sebastian International Film Festival 19-09-2014 Silent Heart
San Sebastian International Film Festival 19-09-2014 Silent Heart
New York Scandinavian House 01-12-2013 Marie Kroyer
Montone Umbria Film Festival 10-07-2013 Marie Kroyer
Seattle International Film Festival 16-05-2013 Marie Kroyer
Washington Kennedy Center - Nordic Cool Film Focus 19-02-2013 Marie Kroyer
Palm Springs International Film Festival 03-01-2013 Marie Kroyer
Torun, Camerimage 24-11-2012 Marie Kroyer
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 13-11-2012 Marie Kroyer
Kolkata Film Festival 10-11-2012 Marie Kroyer
Denver International Film Festival 01-11-2012 Marie Kroyer
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 31-10-2012 Marie Kroyer
Chicago International Film Festival 10-10-2012 Marie Kroyer
Busan International Film Festival 04-10-2012 Marie Kroyer
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 27-09-2012 Marie Kroyer
Courmayeur Film Noir in Festival 06-12-2005 Return to Sender
Sonoma Valley Film Festival 30-03-2005 Return to Sender
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 11-03-2005 Return to Sender
Sarasota Film Festival 28-01-2005 Return to Sender
Palm Springs International Film Festival 06-01-2005 Return to Sender
Toronto International Film Festival 09-09-2004 Return to Sender
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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