Streaming: Pelle the Conqueror

(Pelle erobreren)

Available April 9–May 10, 2020
Recorded conversation: Katinka Faragó

Max von Sydow towers above the rest of the cast with an immensely moving, tender depiction of a man cowed by age and servitude.

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Max von Sydow, Pelle Hvenegaard, Erik Paaske, Bjørn Granath,

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Recorded Conversation
Katinka Faragó on “Remembering Max von Sydow”
Available April 9–May 10

Watch a recorded conversation with Swedish filmmaker Katinka Faragó, a producer, consultant, production manager, continuity expert, and longtime collaborator with Max von Sydow, moderated by Susan Oxtoby, Director of Film and Senior Film Curator, BAMPFA. Access is included with rental of this streaming film program.

With its strong performances and striking location cinematography, Pelle the Conqueror earned Bille August international acclaim as a director. Max von Sydow was nominated for an Academy Award for his immensely moving performance as Lasse Karlsson, an aging farmhand and widower who emigrates from poverty-stricken Sweden to the Danish island of Bornholm with his young son Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard) in search of a better life. Adapted from volume one, Boyhood, of the four-part novel Pelle Erobreren by the Danish proletarian writer Martin Andersen Nexø, this nineteenth-century epic deals with class inequities in rural society, where Lasse and Pelle live under impoverished conditions yet hold out some hope for the future. Story has it that Ingmar Bergman watched the film seven times before inviting August to direct The Best Intentions (written by Bergman).

Susan Oxtoby
  • Bille August
  • Per Olov Enquist
  • Bjarne Reuter
  • Max Lundgren
Based On
  • the novel Pelle Erobreren by Martin Andersen Nexø

  • Jörgen Persson
  • Scanian
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 157 mins
  • Film Movement