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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).