Pelle the Conqueror
|Pelle the Conqueror|
Original Swedish poster
|Directed by||Bille August|
|Produced by||Per Holst|
|Screenplay by||Bille August
Per Olov Enquist
|Based on||Pelle Erobreren
by Martin Andersen Nexø
|Starring||Max von Sydow
|Music by||Stefan Nilsson|
|Edited by||Janus Billeskov Jansen|
|Distributed by||Svensk Filmindustri (Sweden)
Kærne Film (Denmark)
Pelle the Conqueror (Danish: Pelle Erobreren, Swedish: Pelle erövraren) is a 1987 Danish-Swedish drama film co-written and directed by Bille August that tells the story of two Swedish immigrants to Denmark, a father and son, who try to build a new life for themselves. It stars Pelle Hvenegaard as the young Pelle, with Max von Sydow as his father.
Based upon the famous 1910 novel of the same name by Danish writer Martin Andersen Nexø, the film is set in the late 1850s and early 1860s. A boat filled with emigrants from Sweden arrives at the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse Karlsson and his son Pelle who have moved to Denmark from Skåne County, in southern Sweden, to find work after the death of Pelle's mother. They find employment at a large farm, but find themselves treated as the lowest form of life. It is only as Pelle starts to speak Danish that he begins to gain in confidence, but is still discriminated against as a foreigner. But neither boy nor father is willing to give up their dream of finding a better life than that which they left in Sweden.
- Max von Sydow as Lassefar "Lasse" Karlsson
- Pelle Hvenegaard as Pelle Karlsson
- Erik Paaske as Foreman
- Björn Granath as Erik
- Astrid Villaume as Mrs. Kongstrup
- Axel Strøbye as Kongstrup
- Troels Asmussen as Rud
- Kristina Törnqvist as Anna
- Karen Wegener as Mrs. Olsen
- Sofie Gråbøl as Miss Sine
- Lars Simonsen as Niels Køller
- Buster Larsen as Ole Køller
- John Wittig as Schoolteacher
- Troels Munk as Doctor
- Nis Bank-Mikkelsen as Clergyman
- Lena Pia Bernhardsson as The Sow
- Anna Lise Hirsch Bjerrum as Karna
- Thure Lindhardt as Nilen
The film is a co-production between companies in Denmark and Sweden, with the screenplay adapted by Bille August, Per Olov Enquist, Janus Billeskov Jansen, Max Lundgren, and Bjarne Reuter from the 1910 novel of the same name by Martin Andersen Nexø. This adaptation was directed by August, with a score composed by Stefan Nilsson.
Pelle the Conqueror won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1988; it was submitted to the Academy by the Danish government, giving Denmark its second consecutive win after Babette's Feast. Max von Sydow was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, but lost to Dustin Hoffman for Rain Man.
The film also won the Palme d'Or at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was listed in The New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made the same year. At the 23rd Guldbagge Awards it won the award for Best Film and Max von Sydow won the award for Best Actor.
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