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FULL SYNOPSIS

Long but rewarding, the Danish-Swedish Pelle the Conqueror is based on the early passages of Martin Andersen Nexoe's four-volume novel. Pelle (Pelle Hvengaard) is the son of a 19th-century Swedish farmer (Max Von Sydow). Seeking escape from their poverty-stricken surroundings, father and son emigrate to Denmark. Upon arrival, however, they are treated like indentured servants, leading to a profound ideological turnaround for the impressionable Pelle. In the original novel, Pelle ended up embracing Communism. Nexo's political overtones are soft-pedalled in the film, which concentrates on the close, indestructable relationship between Pelle and his father. Adapted for the screen by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror won the 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
European Film Academy Pelle Hvenegaard Best Young Actor 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bille August Best Foreign Language Film 1988 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bille August Best Foreign Language Film 1989 Nominee
European Film Academy Max von Sydow Best Actor 1988 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Max von Sydow Special Mention 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Max von Sydow Best Actor 1988 Nominee

Cast

Max von Sydow
as Pappa Lasse
Pelle Hvenegaard
as Pelle the Conqueror
Erik Paaske
as Farm Foreman
Bjorn Granath
as Farmhand Erik
Axel Ströbye
as Kongstrup
Astrid Villaume
as Mrs. Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen
as Rud
John Wittig
as Schoolteacher
Sofie Gråbøl
as Miss Sine
Lena-Pia Bernhardsson
as The Sow
Kristina Tornqvist
as Little Anna
Buster Larsen
as Ole Koller
Lars Simonsen
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen
as The Clergyman

Crew

Bille August
Director
Lars Kolvig
Producer
Per Holst
Producer
Bille August
Screenwriter
Jörgen Persson
Cinematographer
Stefan Nilsson
Composer (Music Score)
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editor
Anna Asp
Production Designer
Gitte Kolvig
Costume Designer
Jens Arnoldus
Production Manager
Lars Kolvig
Production Manager
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