Bille August

Director, Screenwriter, Director of photography
A graduate of the Danish Film Institute, Bille August began his career in television and entered film production as a cinematographer on "Hemat i Natten/Homeward in the Night" (1977). The following year saw his first ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1948 in Denmark

Filmography

Director (19)

Silent Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Train to Lisbon 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Marie Krøyer 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("The Last Dating Show") (Director)

The Color of Freedom 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Return to Sender 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

A Song for Martin 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Miserables 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Jerusalem 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Smilla's Sense Of Snow 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

The Best Intentions 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Pelle the Conqueror 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Twist & Shout 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Buster's World 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Zappa 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Honning Maane 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

The Color of Freedom 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

A Song for Martin 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jerusalem 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pelle the Conqueror 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Twist & Shout 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zappa 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Honning Maane 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Honning Maane 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

Karleken 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tomas-et Barn, du Ikke Kan Naa 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Man kan inte Valdtas 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hemat i Natten 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Producer (1)

A Song for Martin 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A graduate of the Danish Film Institute, Bille August began his career in television and entered film production as a cinematographer on "Hemat i Natten/Homeward in the Night" (1977). The following year saw his first work as a director; he made both a short film, "Kim G.," and the feature "Honning Maane," which he also wrote. The latter was a generally well-received if small-scale study of a young couple which suggested a way with actors and an attention to character detail. August did not direct another feature, though, for five years, during which he worked in television and shot such features as "Man kan inte Valdtas/Manrape/Men Can't Be Raped" (1978), directed by Jorn Donner, and "The Grass Is Singing" (1981), a British-Swedish co-production about a woman having problems adjusting to Africa's bush country.

Relationships

Asta August

Daughter
born c. November 1991 mother, Pernilla August

Pernilla August

Wife
born on February 13, 1958 formerly married to screenwriter Klas Ostergren chosen by Ingmar Bergman to star as his mother in the autobiographical family saga, "Best Intentions" (1992), directed by August married in 1991 divorced in 1997

Masja Dessau

Wife
Danish divorced

EDUCATION

National Film School, Danish Film Institute

1971

Christer Stroholm's Photography School

1969
(commercial photography)

Milestones

2007

Directed "Goodbye Bafana" a film about the relationship between Nelson Mandela and James Gregory, his censor officer and prison guard; based on the book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend by James Gregory

2005

Helmed "Return to Sender" (2005)

2001

Returned to form with "A Song for Martin," detailing the effect of Alzheimer's disease on a married couple

1998

Directed the unexceptional remake of "Les Miserables"

1997

Helmed "Smilla's Sense of Snow"

1992

Directed two episodes of the ABC adventure series, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"

1991

Directed first English-language feature, "The House of the Spirits"

1986

August's film, "Twist and Shout" (1985), is released in the United States

1983

Directed second feature film, "Zappa"

1978

Directed first short, "Kim G"

1978

Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Honning Maane/Honeymoon"

1977

Director of photography on "Hemat i Natten"

Returned to cinematography for several years

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