Directors: Foreign Filmmaker in Hollywood, Strangers in Paradise: August, Bille (The House of the Spirits)

Research in Progress: Sep 27, 2021

Foreign Filmmaker in Hollywood, Strangers in Paradise:

Annaud, Jean Jacques (French), Seven Years in Tibet, Enemy at the Gates


August, Bille (The House of the Spirits)

Babenco, Hector (Jewish Argeninan, Brazilian, Kiss of Spider Woman, then a flop)

Boyle, Danny (UK, Life Less Ordinary, 1997; The Beach 2000)

Beresford, Bruce (Aussie), from Don’s Party, 1977; Breaker Morant, 1980 to Driving Miss Daisy

Bertolucci, Bernardo (Italian, from Conformist to Last Tango, Luna)

Boorman, John (UK), Point Blank, 1967 (second film),

Campion, Jane, In the Cut

Deliverance, 1972

Claire, Rene (French, in 1935 to London, then to Hollywood, Flame of New Orleans)

Duvivier, Julian (French, Great Waltz (Luise Rainer), Tales of Manhattan

Hallstrom (Sweden, from My Life as a Dog to Chocolat)

Hitchcock (UK)

Inarritu, Alejandro, 21 Grams

Kidron, Beeban (Uk), Antonia and Jane, then Used People, to Wong F00

Kurys, Diane (French, A Man in Love, 1987)

Lang, Fritz

Noyce, Phillip (from Dead Calm to Patriot Games)

Ophuls, Max

Perelman, Vadim, House of Sand and Fog

Petersen, Wolfgang (German, from Das Boot to Poseidon Adenture)

Renoir, Jean (French, quit “The Amazing Mrs. Holliday” (1943_, either because of Diana Durbin or producer Bruce Manning, who took over direction).

Saville, Victor (suffered)

Schlesinger, John (UK)

Sheridan, Jim, In America

Taviani (Italian, Good Morning Babylon)

Von Treer, Lars, Dogville

Wertmuller (Italian,

Zanussi (Polish, Wherever You Are)


Bille August, born November 9, 1948, is a Danish director and screenwriter, whose career has spanned over four decades.

In 1987, Bille August’s 1987 “Pelle the Conqueror” won the Cannes Festival’s Palme d’Or, and the Oscar Award and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

He is one of only eight 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.

“The House of the Spirits,” his first American feature, was both a critical and commercial failure, thus qualifying him to my category of “Exiles in Hollywood,” or “Strangers in Paradise.”

His filmography includes Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Les Misérables, Night Train to Lisbon, Silent Heart, The Chinese Widow, and A Fortunate Man.