WED—April 17—7 PM & FRI—April 19—6:30 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
Series Pass $72 ($42 ASF Members)
162 min. In Danish with English subtitles.
Based on the classic 19th-century “fin de siècle” novel by Henrik Pontoppidan, A Fortunate Man is a sprawling story of grand scope and high romance from the Academy Award–winning director of Pelle the Conqueror: beautifully realized, full of exceptional performances, and with a dramatic sweep on par with the great classics of cinema.
“Poignant storytelling, melancholic, refined, wry, timeless and modern”—Cineurope
About the Director
Bille August was born in Brede, near Copenhagen, in Denmark. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1971 as a director of photography. He began working in the television industry, and then moved into film. His first feature as director of photography was Homeward in the Night (1977), after which he quickly migrated to directing with the feature film Honeymoon the following year, for which he also wrote the screenplay.
August later moved to a series of directing successes, including Zappa (1983), its popular sequel Twist and Shout (1984), and an adaptation of the novel Pelle the Conqueror in 1987. Starring Max von Sydow, this highly-praised film about Swedish migrants and their new life on a Danish island won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film as well as the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival.
August later collaborated with renowned Swedish director Ingmar Bergman directed a television miniseries of Bergman’s screenplay, The Best Intentions, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
August has continued to make features in both Hollywood and Scandinavia, adapting literary works for The House of the Spirits (1993), Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (1997), Les Misérables (1998) and A Song for Martin (2001). He also directs for television, including a version of the play Detaljer (2003) for Danish television, and episodes of the American series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, and was one of over 30 directors who contributed a short piece to the collective film about cinema, Chacun son Cinéma (To Each His Own Cinema, 2007).