The Danish director and scriptwriter entered the cinema world as a cinematographer and contributed to the visual side of many films. His directing debut came in 1978 with live-action film Honning måne(Honeymoon). He captured the attention of audiences as well as critics ten years later with the film adaptation of Pelle the Conqueror, which earned him an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film and a Palme d'Or at the IFF Cannes. In 1992, won his second Palme d'Or for The Best Intentions, based on a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. He brought many famous literary stories to the screen, including for example Night Train to Lisbon, Smilla's Feeling for Snow, The House of the Spirits, and Les Misérables, the adaptation of which was partly made in the Barrandov Studios in Prague. Bille August is considered one of the most distinguished directors of his generation.
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