Director: Bille August

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Film:The Best Intentions

The Best Intentions: (Den goda viljan)

Bille August

Film:Pelle the Conqueror: (Pelle erobreren)

Pelle the Conqueror: (Pelle erobreren)

Bille August

Pelle the Conqueror is a Scandinavian drama which won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and a Best Actor nomination for Max (The Exorcist) Von Sydow. Set at the end of the 19th century, it tells of a widowed Swedish farmer who goes looking for a better life in Denmark with his young son, Pelle (a fine Pelle Hvenegaard). Much like Life is Beautiful (1998) the heart of the film is the bond between father and son and their dreams for a better world. Although the photography brings an austere beauty to the bleak coastlands of…

Film:Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Bille August

Based on a much-praised 1992 bestseller by Peter Hoeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow is a film of moody power and boundless mystery in its first half, but it becomes an overblown, conspiracy-laden schlock thriller in its second. Julia Ormond stars as the half-Inuit, Greenland native of Hoeg’s book, a loner who is supported by an emotionally ambivalent father (Robert Loggia) in Copenhagen. Apparently perceived as a troublemaker who sees secret plots everywhere, Smilla finds herself largely alone in an effort to discover what really happened to a six-year-old Inuit…

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