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

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 Lnaguage 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.