Bille August (born in Denmark 1948) is a multi-award winning film director. His film Pelle the Conqueror from 1987 won the Palme d’Or in Cannes, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He is one of only six directors to win the Palme d’Or twice, winning the prestigious award again in 1992 for The Best Intentions, based on the autobiographical script by Ingmar Bergman.
Bille August is trained as a cinematographer and photographer in Stockholm before attending the National Film School of Denmark, where he graduated in cinematography in 1973. Since the early ’90s he has directed a string of big international co-productions, including The House of the Spirits (1993), Smilla’s Sense of Snow (1997) and Goodbye Bafana (2007). His latest, Night Train to Lisbon (2013), premiered at the Berlinale. Also among the director’s intimate human dramas are Jerusalem (1996), a Selma Lagerlöf adaptation, and A Song for Martin (2001). Apart from his numerous film awards Bille August has been honored for his work as a film director with both the Danish and the Swedish Royal Order of Chivalry and the French order Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres.