Danish movie clinched top prize at Beijing film festival

Bille August (L) received the trophy from Chinese director Zhang Yimou (R) at the closing ceremony of the ninth Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing on April 20, 2019. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

“A Fortunate Man” directed by Oscar winning director Bille August, was awarded best film by the jury of the Tiantan Awards at the closing ceremony of the 9th Beijing International Film Festival taking place in Beijing on April 20, 2019.

Bille August’s new film “A Fortunate Man” tells a story of Per, a man who has to confront a conflict between the past from a strict religious home where he lived in his childhood and the present from his new life in Copenhagen.

About the director, a 70 years old Bille August was born in 1948 in Brede, Denmark. In 1987, he directed the film “Pelle the Conqueror” making him to be one of the most renowned and respected Danish director because the film won three prestigious awards: the Palme d’Or, Academy Award and Golden Globe. Also, in 1992 August’s ‘the Best Intentions” made him to be among eight directors to win the Palme d’Or twice.

The 7-member jury of the Tiantan Awards unanimously commented, “The film handles challenging themes in a subtle way, demonstrates poignant emotions while exploring and discussing an in-depth proposition of philosophy and morality.”

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