Gabriel Axel in a 2012 filepic. He passed away aged 95 at his home near Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sunday. – AFP
The Dane’s Babette’s Feast won best foreign language film at the 1988 Academy Awards.
FILMMAKER Gabriel Axel, the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign language film, has died aged 95, Danish media said on Monday.
Axel was best known for his film Babette’s Feast, which won the Oscar in 1988.
The director died on Sunday at his home in Bagsvaerd near Copenhagen, according to Danish public broadcaster DR, where his daughter is a journalist.
The movie was based on a story by Danish author Karen Blixen, who also wrote Out Of Africa, famously adapted to the screen by Sydney Pollack.
Babette’s Feast features Danish, French and Swedish actors and portrays the lives of two old Danish spinsters and their French maid in the Danish countryside in the 19th century.
The plot initially did not sound very appealing to the producers, and the film came close to never seeing the light of day.
In 2010, Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – later to become Pope Francis – told journalists that Babette’s Feast was his favourite film. – AFP Relaxnews