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Babette's Feast

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Original title
Babettes gæstebud (Babette's Feast)
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
Denmark Denmark
Director
Screenwriter
Gabriel Axel (Story: Karen Blixen)
Music
Per Norgard
Cinematography
Henning Kristiansen
Cast
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Producer
Nordisk Films / Panorama Film International / DFI / Det Danske Filminstitut / Rungstedlundfonden
Genre
Drama | 19th Century. Cooking
Synopsis / Plot
In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although they each are presented with a real opportunity to leave the village, the sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for them as maid/housekeeper/cook. Sometime after their father dies, the sisters decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences unexpected good fortune and implores the sisters to allow her to take charge of the preparation of the meal. Although they are secretly concerned about what Babette, a Catholic and a foreigner, might do, the sisters allow her to go ahead. Babette then prepares the feast of a lifetime for the members of the tiny church and an important gentleman related to one of them.
Awards
1987: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1988: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
1988: BAFTA: Best Film not in the English Language. 6 nominations
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