Golden palm for Bille August
Excerpt of the 1988 Cannes festival award ceremony, where Bille August received the Golden Palm for his film Pelle the Conqueror.
When Gérard Depardieu awarded the 1988 Golden Palm to Bille August's Pelle the Conqueror, it wasn't so much a sign of the emergence of a new author as it was a return to the planisphere of a country that had been a bit forgotten since Carl Theodor Dreyer's masterpieces: Denmark. In fact, 1988 was marked by the success of the Danish film Babette's Feast, adapted by Gabriel Axel from one of Karen Blixen and Stéphane Audran's short stories along with the film Pelle the Conqueror, which also received an Oscar for the best foreign film.
Bille August (born in 1948), also a script writer and a photography director, made a film that was also rooted in the Nordic landscape; he relied on a solid Scandinavian cast and benefited from a subject that speaks to everyone (the relationship between an old man and a child), making it easy to export. The "formula" worked once again, and international success was at hand with August's The Best Intentions (1992), an adaptation of an autobiographical script by Ingmar Bergman, yet again with his favourite actor, Max von Sydow.