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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."


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 Awards Festivals
Title Year Function Category
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. - en cykelrytter på Ordrupbanen 1976 Direction, Script, Cinematography, Executive producer DK/Documentary
Ø 1973 Cinematography DK/Short fiction
Anomi 1972 Cinematography DK/Experimental
Bryd tavsheden Direction DK/Commercial

Awards and nominations

Award Release year Festival Film
Best Male Actor 1985 Moscow Int. Film Festival 1985 Tro, håb og kærlighed
Best Actress 2014 San Sebastian International Film Festival 2014 Stille hjerte
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Festivals

Festival Festival date Film
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 2019-09-15 Lykke-Per
Seattle International Film Festival 2019-05-16 Lykke-Per
Beijing International Film Festival 2019-04-15 Lykke-Per
Sofia International Film Festival 2019-03-07 Stille hjerte
Göteborg International Film Festival 2019-01-25 Lykke-Per
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2018-10-30 Lykke-Per
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2018-09-27 Lykke-Per
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 2018-08-18 Lykke-Per
Beijing International Film Festival 2017-04-16 Stille hjerte
Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival 2016-02-03 Stille hjerte
Torun, Camerimage 2015-11-14 Stille hjerte
Haifa International Film Festival 2015-09-26 Stille hjerte
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2015-09-17 Stille hjerte
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 2015-08-15 Stille hjerte
München International Film Festival 2015-06-25 Stille hjerte
Shanghai International Film Festival 2015-06-13 Stille hjerte
Transilvania International Film Festival 2015-05-29 Stille hjerte
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 2015-04-15 Stille hjerte
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2015-04-04 Stille hjerte
Vilnius International Film Festival 2015-03-19 Stille hjerte
Göteborg International Film Festival 2015-01-23 Stille hjerte
Marrakech International Film Festival 2014-12-05 Stille hjerte
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2014-11-14 Stille hjerte
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2014-10-31 Stille hjerte
Busan International Film Festival 2014-10-02 Stille hjerte
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2014-09-24 Stille hjerte
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2014-09-19 Stille hjerte
Toronto International Film Festival 2014-09-04 Stille hjerte
Seattle International Film Festival 2013-05-16 Marie Krøyer
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013-01-03 Marie Krøyer
Torun, Camerimage 2012-11-24 Marie Krøyer
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2012-11-13 Marie Krøyer
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2012-10-31 Marie Krøyer
Chicago International Film Festival 2012-10-10 Marie Krøyer
Busan International Film Festival 2012-10-04 Marie Krøyer
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2012-09-27 Marie Krøyer
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 2012-08-15 Marie Krøyer
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 2005-03-11 Return to Sender
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2005-01-06 Return to Sender
Toronto International Film Festival 2004-09-09 Return to Sender
Berlinale 1997-02-13 Smilla's Sense of Snow
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.