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Oscar-winning Danish film-maker Gabriel Axel of Babette's Feast dies at 95

Published on Feb 11, 2014 10:39 AM
 
Danish director Gabriel Axel is pictured on April 17, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Axel, the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign language film, has died aged 95, Danish media said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Film-maker Gabriel Axel, the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign language film, has died aged 95, Danish media said on Monday.

He was best known for his film Babette's Feast, which won the Oscar in 1988.

He 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 for the screen by Sydney Pollack.

 
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