Erik Balling


Erik Balling

Erik Balling (November 29, 1924November 19, 2005) was a Danish TV and film director.

He created two of Denmark's most popular TV-series, "Matador" and "Huset på Christianshavn".

His feature film "Qivitoq" (1956) was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, and for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

Together with Henning Bahs, he also created the hugely popular series of "Olsen Gang" feature films.

Biography

Balling started working for the largest and oldest Danish film production company, Nordisk Films Kompagni, in 1946. He later became the boss of the company.

His made his directing debut with "Adam & Eva" (1953), which was nominated for a Bodil-award as Best Film.

In 1956 he directed "Kispus", which was the first Danish movie filmed in color.

The most popular films directed by Balling were the feature film comedies about a trio of small-time crooks, the Olsen Gang.There were 13 episodes of this movie series between 1968 and 1981, starting with "Olsen-banden". They were remade in several languages.

In 1998, Erik Balling received an Honorary Robert Award.

Filmography

*1952: "Vi arme syndere"
*1953: "Adam and Eve"
*1956: "Qivitoq"
*1956: "Kispus"
*1958: "The Poet and the Little Mother"
*1960: "Poeten og Lillemor og Lotte"
*1960: "Faith, Hope and Witchcraft"
*1961: "Poeten og Lillemor i forårshumør"
*1962: "Den kære familie"
*1963: "Hvis lille pige er du?"
*1964: "Death Comes at High Noon"
*1965: "Operation Lovebirds"
*1966: "Relax Freddie"
*1968-81: "Olsen Gang" series
*1984: "Midt om natten"

External links

*imdb name|id=0050853|name=Erik Balling
*bfi-db-person|id=6263|name=Erik Balling
* [http://www.olsenbandenfanclub.de/news/2005-11-19_erik-balling.php Obituary] de icon
* [http://www.olsenbandenfanclub.de Olsen-Gang Fanclub Germany] de icon


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