|I googled "Clue" and this came up... And it is amazing.|
Clue #1: The film’s production was kickstarted by profits from a movie theater given to the filmmaker as a government reward for his artistic contributions.
Answer: The Danish government gave Carl Th. Dreyer an art-house movie theater called Dagmar Bio because of his lifelong work.
Clue #2: The film is the second film adaptation of the source material. The first adaptation starred an actor who is best known for his work as an influential silent-era filmmaker who adapted multiple works written by the first female to ever win the Nobel Prize in Literature. (And who also happens to star in one of David’s yet-to-be-announced top three films.)
Answer: The First adaptation to Kaj Munk's I Begyndelsen var Ordet (In the Beginning was the Word) starred Victor Sjöström, who, as a director, adapted multiple works by Nobel Prize writer Selma Lagerlöf. Sjöström also was the star of Bergman's Wild Strawberries, #3 on David's Top Ten.
Clue #3: The film won the grand prize at a major international festival. Within the last ten years, that same prize was awarded to a filmmaker who frequently collaborates with an actor who famously sang a Madonna song in a film that garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
Answer: The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1955. In 2004, this award was given to Vera Drake by Mike Leigh, who frequently collaborates with Jim Broadbent, who famously sang "Like a Virgin" in Baz Lurhmann's Moulin Rouge, which was nominated for eight Oscars.
Clue #4: The film has only one name in its credits: the author of the source material. This author was martyred for his faith by the Gestapo in World War II.
Answer: Kaj Munk was a Lutheran pastor who was martyred in 1944 for preaching against the Nazi Occupation and the Nazi's persecution of the Jews.
Clue #5: The director’s final film starred an actress in its titular role who was married to an actor who appeared in another film in Chelsea’s Top Ten. “Hallelujah!”
Answer: Dreyer's final film, Gertrude, which starred Nina Pens Rode, married to Ebbe Rode, who had a role, Christopher, in Babette's Feast (and Gertrude, actually).
Good googling to you!
The film is Carl Theodor Dreyer's Ordet, which comes in at #1 on Chelsea's Top Ten of All Time.