Bille August, Oscar recipient and Palme d’Or winner returns to Prague

11. 2. 2019, 10:00
Febiofest 2019

Throughout the entire existence of the Cannes film festival, only eight directors have received its Palme d’Or prize twice. One of them is Bille August. The Danish director, who recently turned 70, is not coming to Prague for the first time: he shot Les Misérables with Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman here in 1997. In 1989 he earned an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film for Pelle the Conqueror, which had earned a Palme d’Or the previous year. In 1992 he again took a Palme d’Or, this time for The Best Intentions. His filmography also includes two movies about the young Indiana Jones, while last year Febiofest audiences had a chance to catch his 55 Steps, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Hilary Swank. Bille August, who has also worked with such Hollywood stars as Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder or Antonio Banderas, will receive a Kristián award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at Febiofest’s closing ceremony on 28 March. The festival will present his pictures Pelle the Conqueror, Silent Heart, The House of the Spirits and his latest work, A Fortunate Man, which will receive a premiere screening.

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