Swedish actress Pernilla August has an earthy radiance and an amazing talent that translated well from stage to screen when she made a lasting impression in Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny och Alexander in 1982. In 1992 she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in The best intention, directed by Bille August and written by Ingmar Bergman.
In 1999 Pernilla became Shmi Skywalker, mother of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I. The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II. Attack of the Clones, both directed by George Lucas. Post Star Wars, August continued to work with the Nordic finest and took part in projects like Manslaughter and Performances (directed by Per Fly), Details (directed by Kristian Petri), I Am Dina (directed by Ole Bornedal), Day and Night (directed by Simon Staho), to mention just a few.
Most lately, Pernilla August delivered a radiant performance in Mikael Mercimain’s Call Girl as a cruel and unforgiving brothel dame. August’s theatre credits among others include The Dream Play, Hamlet, for which she won the British Drama Magazine’s best supporting actress award playing Ophelia, A Doll’s House, The Winter’s Tale, Mary Stuart and The Ghost, all directed by Ingmar Bergman at the National Theatre of Sweden. In 2010, Pernilla delivered her directorial debut, Beyond, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Critic’s Week prize. Her career as a director continued in Denmark with the highly acclaimed tv series The Legacy. Pernilla’s latest feature, Serious Game, had its grand opening at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.