Bille August

(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'. 'Goodbye Bafana' won the Peace Film Award at the Berlinale.

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 won a Danish Bodil Award for best Danish feature.
Title Year Function Category
The Kiss 2023 Direction, Screenplay, Director DK/Feature
The Pact 2021 Direction DK/Feature
Lykke-Per 2019 Direction TV series
A Fortunate Man 2018 Direction, Screenplay DK/Feature
55 Steps 2018 Direction
Feng huo fang fei 2017 Direction Feature
Silent Heart 2014 Direction DK/Feature
Night Train to Lisbon 2013 Direction Feature
Marie Kroyer 2012 Direction DK/Feature
Goodbye Bafana 2007 Direction Feature
Return to Sender 2005 Direction DK/Feature
Clown 2005 Bille TV series
En sång för Martin 2001 Direction, Script, Production DK/Feature
Et mælkebøttebarn 1999 Sig selv TV documentary
Adventures of Young Indiana Jones 1999 Direction TV series
Les misérables 1998 Direction Feature
Smilla's feeling for snow 1997 Direction Feature
Jerusalem 1996 Direction, Script Feature
The house of the spirits 1993 Direction, Script Feature
The Best Intentions 1992 Direction Feature
Pelle the Conqueror 1987 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The World of Buster 1984 Direction DK/Feature
Twist and Shout 1984 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Zappa 1983 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Maj 1982 Direction, Script TV film
Sova räv 1982 Cinematography TV film
Guldhjertet 1981 Direction DK/Short fiction
Gräset sjunger 1981 Cinematography Feature
Killing Heat 1981 Cinematography Feature
Verden er så stor, så stor 1980 Direction, Script TV film
Tomas, a child out of reach 1980 Cinematography DK/Documentary
Love 1980 Cinematography Feature
Honning måne 1978 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Et par dage med Magnus 1978 Direction TV series
Hemåt i natten 1977 Cinematography Feature
Christiania 1977 Cinematographer DK/Documentary
Kim G. - At the Cycling Track in Ordup 1976 Direction, Script, Cinematography, Executive producer DK/Documentary
The time limit is 12 weeks - information about abortion 1976 Cinematography DK/Documentary
Ø 1973 Cinematography DK/Short fiction
Anomi 1972 Cinematography DK/Experimental
Bryd tavsheden Direction DK/Commercial