'Babette's Feast' director Gabriel Axel dies at 95

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Danish filmmaker Gabriel Axel died at age 95 on Sunday.

Axel was the first Danish filmmaker to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, according to the Associated Press. He had a distinguished career that included Babette’s Feast.

The film took place in 19th century Denmark. It is about two sisters living in an isolated village with their father, who is a Protestant pastor. In the film, Babette prepares a feast for members of her church. The film starred French actress, Stephane Audran.

His celebrated films were also featured in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art in 2011, according to Variety.

His distinguished career in filmmaking began in the 1950s. More recently, he directed the documentary, Lumiere and Company. He also chose to direct the films Christian, Royal Deceit and Leila. His career also included many projects in television. Other than the accolade for Best Foreign Film, Axel received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival.

Axel is survived by their four children and eight grandchildren. Axel's wife, Lucie Axel Moerch, died in 1996.

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