Bille August

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Bille August (1948) is an award-winning director. His 1987 film Skin to conquer the world won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, an Oscar and a Golden Globe. He is one of six directors to have won the Palme d’Or twice, winning the prestigious award again in 1992 for With the best intentions, based on an autobiographical screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.Bille August trained as a director and photographer in Stockholm before attending the Danish National Film School, where he graduated in film in 1973. Since the early 1990s Bille August has directed a number of major international co-productions, including The House of Spirits (1993), The Sense of Smilla for the snow (1997) and The color of freedom (2007) and his latest film, Night Train to Lisbon (2013), which was awarded at the Berlinale. Also among his most intimate films are Jerusalem (1996), an adaptation of Selma Lagerlöf, and A Song for Martin (2001). In addition to numerous awards, Bille August was awarded the title of knight by both the Order of the Royal Knights of Denmark and Sweden, and by the French Order of the Knights of the Order of Arts and Letters. August in 2013 was a guest of the 17th Umbria Film Festival, on that occasion received the Keys of the City of Montone.