Erik Balling (November 29, 1924 – November 19, 2005) was a Danish TV and film director. Events 1777 - San Jose California, is founded as el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe Year 1924 ( MCMXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Kingdom of Denmark ( ˈd̥ænmɑɡ̊ (archaic ˈd̥anmɑːɡ̊ commonly known as Denmark, is a country in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe A film director, or filmmaker, is a person who directs the making of a Film.
He created two of Denmark's most popular TV-series, Matador and Huset på Christianshavn. Matador is a Danish TV series produced between 1978 and 1981 It is named after a popular Danish term for a Business magnate. Huset på Christianshavn (literally The House in Christianshavn) was a Danish TV series broadcast between 1970 and 1977
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. Qivitoq is a 1956 Danish film directed by Erik Balling and starring Poul Reichhardt and Astrid Villaume. The Palme d'Or ( English: Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded to competing films at the Cannes Film Festival. The Cannes Film Festival (le Festival de Cannes founded in 1946 is one of the world's oldest most influential and prestigious Film festivals alongside Venice, "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film.
Together with Henning Bahs, he also created the hugely popular series of Olsen Gang feature films. The Olsen Gang ( Danish: Olsen-banden, Norwegian: Olsenbanden, Swedish: Jönssonligan, German:
Balling started working for the largest and oldest Danish film production company, Nordisk Films Kompagni, in 1946. Nordisk Film (USA affiliate Great Northern Film Company) established in Denmark in 1906 by Danish filmmaker Ole Olsen, is the oldest continuously Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 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. The Bodil Awards are the major Danish Film awards, given Annually by the Denmark's National Association of Film Critics ( Filmedarbejderforeningen
In 1956 he directed Kispus, which was the first Danish movie filmed in color. Kispus is a 1956 Danish romantic comedy written and directed by Erik Balling.
The most popular films directed by Balling were the feature film comedies about a trio of small-time crooks, the Olsen Gang. The Olsen Gang ( Danish: Olsen-banden, Norwegian: Olsenbanden, Swedish: Jönssonligan, German: There were 13 episodes of this movie series between 1968 and 1981, starting with Olsen-banden. They were remade in sevaral languages.
In 1998, Erik Balling received an Honorary Robert Award.