Pelle Conqueror
Pelle 001
2 Nominations / 1 Win
Year 1988
Director Bille August
Writer Bille August, Per Olov Enquist, Bjarne Reuter
Starring Max von Sydow, Pelle Hvenegaard
61st Academy Awards

Pelle the Conqueror is a 1987 Danish-Swedish drama film co-written and directed by Bille August. It stars Pelle Hvenegaard as the young Pelle, with Max von Sydow as his father.




The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Pelle starts to speak Danish but is still harassed as a foreigner. But none of them wants to give up their dream of finding a better life than the life they left in Sweden.


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