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Smilla´s Sense Of Snow (Fraeulein Smillas Gespuer fuer Schnee)

Smilla´s Sense Of Snow

Isaiah is dead. The little boy fell from the roof of the block of flats. An accident that doesnÍt really concern anyone. Only Smilla Jasperson (Julia Ormond), mourns for him. Smilla was the only "friendÒ Isaiah had had. He had come with his mother from Greenland and never really felt at home in the strange big city of Copenhagen. Smilla also knows: it wasnÍt an accident, it was murder. SmillaÍs mother was also a Greenlander. As she was particularly fond of the boy and feels a special affiinity to the people of the Arctic through her mother, she begins her own investigations. For nobody gives credence to her suspicions. Moreover, her plan soon looks like it will be a difficult one. First of all, she has to overcome the mistrust of IsaiahÍs mother Juliane who wanders around the streets of Copenhagen. And the authorities also disapprove of her taking her own initiative and get in her way. But Smilla is determined to find out the truth ...


Bille August was born in 1948 and trained at the Danish Film School in the 1970s. His films have been honored with numerous international awards, including the Golden Palm and the Academy Award®. Among his most important films as a director are: IN MY LIFE (1979), ZAPPA (1982), TWIST AND SHOUT (1985), PELLE THE CONQUEROR (1987), THE BEST INTENTIONS (1991), THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (1993), JERUSALEM (1995), SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW (1996), LES MISÉRABLES (1997), A SONG FOR MARTIN (2001), RETURN TO SENDER (2004), GOODBYE BAFANA (2006), MARIE KRØYER (2012), NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (2012), SILENT HEART (2014), CHINESE WIDOW (2015), and 55 STEPS (2017).
Category Feature
Director Bille August
Screenplay Ann Biderman
Cinematography Joergen Persson
Janus Billeskov-Jansen
Harry Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer
Cast Mario Adorf, Jürgen Vogel, Vanessa Redgrave, Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Bob Peck
Producers Bernd Eichinger, Martin Moszkowicz
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion, in cooperation with Bavaria Film/Geiselgasteig, Smilla Film A/S, Greenland-Film Production AB
Length 125 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 1997 (in competition)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Danish Filminstitute, Nordic Film & TV Fund, Eurimages
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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