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Pelle the Conqueror

Dir. Bille August, Denmark/Sweden, 1987, DCP, 157 min. Danish & Swedish w/ English subtitles

Lasse, an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle, join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark's Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship which sustains them through a difficult year. Pelle the Conqueror won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988.