Swedish Film Institute
The Swedish Film Institute was founded in 1963 to support and develop the Swedish film industry. The institute is housed in the Filmhuset building located in Östermalm in Stockholm; the building, completed in 1970, was designed by architect Peter Celsing. The Swedish Film Institute supports Swedish filmmaking and allocates grants for production and public showing of Swedish films in Sweden, it promotes Swedish cinema internationally. Furthermore, the Institute organises the annual Guldbagge Awards; the Swedish Film Database is published by the institute. Through the Swedish Film Agreement, between the Swedish state and the film and media industry, the Government of Sweden, the TV companies which were party to the agreement, Sweden's cinema owners jointly fund the Film Institute and thus, Swedish filmmaking; the agreement ran from January 1, 2006, until December 31, 2012. The building contains a large film archive and two theatres, named after Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, which arrange screenings of classic films.
1963–1970 Harry Schein 1970–1972 Bo Jonsson 1972–1978 Harry Schein 1978–1982 Jörn Donner 1982–1989 Klas Olofsson 1989–1994 Ingrid Edström 1994–1998 Lars Engqvist 1998–1999 Hans Ottosson 1999–2006 Åse Kleveland 2006–2010 Cissi Elwin Frenkel 2010–2011 Bengt Toll 2011–present Anna Serner 1963–1967 Krister Wickman 1967–1970 Roland Pålsson 1970–1978 Harry Schein 1978–1981 Per Ahlmark 1981–1984 Bert Levin 1984–1992 Hans Löwbeer 1992–1999 Åke Ahrsjö 1999–2005 Lisa Söderberg 2005–2011 Håkan Tidlund 2012–2014 Göran K Johansson 2015–present Claes Ånstrand Trollywood Finnish Film Foundation American Film Institute ACE – Association of European Film Archives and Cinematheques The Swedish Film Institute
Mikael Marcimain is a Swedish film and television director. Marcimain has directed advertisements and television dramas, for which he has received several awards. Notable in his filmography are the serials The Laser Man and How Soon Is Now?, which were made with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. Marcimain's first feature film, the political thriller Call Girl, was released in autumn 2012. Mikael Marcimain on IMDb Mikael Marcimain at the Swedish Film Database
Göran Bror Benny Andersson is a Swedish musician, member of the Swedish music group ABBA, co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, Mamma Mia!. For the 2008 film version of Mamma Mia! and its 2018 sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, he worked as an executive producer. Since 2001, he has been active with his own band Benny Anderssons orkester. Göran Bror Benny Andersson was born in the Vasastan district of Stockholm, to civil engineer Gösta Andersson and his wife Laila, his sister Eva-Lis Andersson followed in 1948. Andersson's musical background comes from his grandfather, his father Gösta and grandfather Efraim taught him Swedish folk music, traditional music, schlager. Benny recalls the first records he bought were "Du Bist Musik" by Italian schlager singer Caterina Valente and Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock", he was impressed by the flip side "Treat Me Nice" as this featured a piano. This variety of different kinds of music was to follow him through the years; when Andersson was ten he got his own piano, taught himself to play.
He began to perform at youth clubs. This is when he met his first girlfriend Christina Grönvall, with whom he had two children: Peter and Heléne. In early 1964, Benny and Christina joined "Elverkets Spelmanslag", the name was a punning reference to their electric instruments; the repertoire was instrumentals, one of his numbers was "Baby Elephant Walk", he wrote his first songs. In October 1964 he joined the Hep Stars as keyboardist and they made a breakthrough in March 1965 with their hit "Cadillac" becoming the most celebrated of the Swedish 1960s pop bands. Andersson consolidated his place as the band's keyboardist and musical driving force as well as a teen idol; the band performed covers of international hits, but Andersson soon started writing his own material, gave the band the classic hits "No Response", "Sunny Girl", "Wedding", "Consolation", "It's Nice To Be Back" and "She Will Love You" amongst others. Andersson met Björn Ulvaeus in June 1966, the two started writing songs together, their first being "Isn't It Easy To Say" recorded by the Hep Stars.
He had a fruitful songwriting collaboration with Lasse Berghagen, with whom he wrote several songs and submitted "Hej, Clown" for the 1969 Melodifestivalen – the Swedish Eurovision Song Festival finals. The song finished in second place. During this contest he met vocalist Anni-Frid Lyngstad, they soon became a couple. Around the same time his songwriting companion Ulvaeus met vocalist Agnetha Fältskog; the personal relationships and Andersson and Ulvaeus' songwriting collaboration has led quite to the close co-operation which the four friends had during the following years. Benny and Björn scored their first hits as songwriters in the spring of 1969: "Ljuva sextital" and "Speleman"; as the two couples began supporting each other during recording sessions, the sound of the girls' voices convinced the songwriters to model their'group' on various MOR acts such as Blue Mink, Middle of the Road and Sweet. Thus, ABBA came to life; the group's breakthrough came with winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with "Waterloo" on 6 April 1974.
During the next eight years, Andersson wrote music for and produced eight studio albums with ABBA. The group scored a chain of No. 1 hits. After ABBA, Andersson continued writing music with Ulvaeus, their first project was the stage musical Chess, written with Tim Rice. The Chess concept album – with vocals by Elaine Paige, Barbara Dickson, Murray Head and Swedes Tommy Körberg and Björn Skifs – was released in October 1984, selling two million copies worldwide; the Paige/Dickson duet "I Know Him So Well" became a major UK No. 1 hit, Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok" gave Andersson/Ulvaeus a US No. 3 hit. Chess was staged in London's West End Prince Edward Theatre in May 1986 and received mixed to positive reviews, running for about three years. A revised staging on Broadway in April 1988 received poor reviews. In 1985, Andersson produced and released an album with brother and sister Anders and Karin Glenmark, featuring new songs by Andersson/Ulvaeus; the duo named themselves Gemini, a second album with more music by Björn and Benny was released in April 1987, containing the big hit "Mio My Mio".
In 1987, Andersson released his first solo album Klinga Mina Klockor. All the music was written by and performed by himself on accordion, backed by the Orsa Spelmän on fiddles. A second solo album followed: November 1989. In 1990, Andersson scored a Swedish No. 1 hit with "Lassie", sung by female cabaret group Ainbusk, for whom he wrote the Svensktoppen hits "Älska Mig" and "Drömmarnas Golv". He decided to produce an album with Josefin Nilsson from this quartet, resulting in the 1993 English-language album Shapes, featuring ten new Andersson/Ulvaeus compositions. In 1992, he wrote the introduction melody for the European football championship, organised by Sweden that year. From the late 1980s, Andersson had worked on an idea for an epic Swedish language musical based on his affection for traditional folk music, in October 1995, Kristina från Duvemåla premiered in Sweden; the musical was based on The Emigrants novels by Swedish writer Vilhelm
Pernilla August is a Swedish actress and screenwriter. Being one of Sweden's leading actresses and a longtime collaborator with director Ingmar Bergman, she won the Best Actress Award at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for her role in his The Best Intentions, she is best known for portraying Shmi Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. August started acting at school, her professional acting career started in 1975 when director Roy Andersson cast her in a minor role in the film Giliap the same year, followed from 1979 by films by other directors, Vilgot Sjöman and Lasse Hallström. She studied acting at Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting in Stockholm 1979–82. Before finishing her studies, she attracted the attention of Ingmar Bergman, who cast her in his film Fanny and Alexander, playing the nanny in the director's romanticised portrait of his childhood; that marked the beginning of two decades of collaboration, collecting several international awards, including television series The Best Intentions, where she portrayed Bergman's mother and met her second husband to be, director Bille August, TV-productions Private Confessions, directed by Liv Ullmann and Bergman's own In the Presence of a Clown.
She starred in Bo Widerberg's The Serpent's Way as well as his TV-production of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck. Among the many Scandinavian and international films are Bille August's Jerusalem, Richard Hobert's Where the Rainbow Ends and The Birthday (2000], I Am Dina, Björn Runge's Om jag vänder mig om/If I Turn Around, Per Fly's Manslaughter, Swedish-Taiwanese Miss Kicki and Jan Troell's Truth and Consequence. At the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, she has acted in several plays, starting 1981, several directed by Ingmar Bergman and touring internationally; these include Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet, August Strindberg's A Dream Play, Nora in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Hermione in Bergman's special version of A Winter's Tale, the title role in Schiller's Mary Stuart and Helene Alving in Ibsen's Ghosts. She worked with Russian director Jurij Ljubimov in Alexander Pushkin's A Feast in the Time of Plague. In 1983-84, she worked at Folkteatern i Gävleborg with director Peter Oskarson in Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters.
In 2008, she acted in the stage production of Steel Magnolias in Stockholm. She had appeared in two episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in 1993. Many in the English-speaking world know her best as Shmi Skywalker, the mother of Anakin Skywalker, from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, its sequel Attack of the Clones, she shared the role as Virgin Mary in Mother of Jesus with Melinda Kinnaman. She played a bomber in the Swedish film Sprängaren. In 2011, she reprised her role as Shmi Skywalker in the third season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for the episode "Overlords", which aired on 28 January. After her directorial debut with the 2005 short film Time Bomb, she debuted as feature-film director and screenwriter in 2010 with Beyond, starring Noomi Rapace and Ola Rapace; the film was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards and was much awarded with Swedish Guldbagge Awards and more. In October 2011, August was asked to direct a new Danish drama series, Arvingerne, an offer she accepted.
The series premiered on DR on 1 January 2014. Her two youngest daughters have cameos in the series. Among many international awards and nominations, at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival she won the award for Best Actress, for her role in Bille August's The Best Intentions. For the same film she won the Best Actress award at the 28th Guldbagge Awards. In 2002 she was honored with the Royal Swedish medal Litteris et Artibus for her artistic work. August was born in Stockholm, she changed her name both times. Her first marriage was in 1982 with whom she has one daughter; the second marriage was in 1991 with whom she has two daughters. She has three daughters: Agnes and Alba. Pernilla August on IMDb Pernilla August at the TCM Movie Database Pernilla August at the Swedish Film Database Pernilla August at AllMovie
Avalon (2011 film)
Avalon is a 2011 Swedish drama film directed by Axel Petersén. Johannes Brost – Janne Peter Carlberg – Klas Leonore Ekstrand – Jackie Carl Johan De Geer – Leif Official website Avalon on IMDb Avalon at Rotten Tomatoes
Klaus Härö is a Finnish film director. In 2004, he won Finland's State Prize for Art. Härö studied directing and attended screen writing seminars at the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, he has directed several feature films, including Elina: As If I Wasn't There, Mother of Mine and The New Man, as well as documentaries and short films. He works in both Finland. In 2003 Klaus Härö received the Ingmar Bergman Award, the winner of, chosen by Ingmar Bergman himself. Four of Härö's features were chosen as Finland's submission for the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars. Elina: As If I Wasn't There Mother of Mine The New Man Letters to Father Jacob The Fencer One Last Deal List of Finnish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Klaus Härö on IMDb
Palme is a Swedish documentary film from 2012 directed, written by Maud Nycander and Kristina Lindström. The film is a biographical portrait of the former Prime Minister Olof Palme, covers his life from childhood to the role as a leading figure of Swedish politics, it has been shown as a 103 minutes long feature film in the cinemas, as a 175 minutes long TV-movie in three parts on SVT at Christmas and New Year the same year. At the 48th Guldbagge Awards, the film was nominated in three categories: Best Documentary Feature, Best Editing and Best Original Score, it won in the latter two categories. On Friday evening, February 1986 Olof Palme was shot dead in the street; the day after, the news reached out to the people that the country's prime minister was dead, the whole country found itself shocked. In the film one can follow Palme's life from youth, his long career in the Swedish Social Democratic Party is shown. Other subjects that the film treats are more controversial topics, for example the situation with the IB affair.
The film focuses on the person Olof Palme, as in 26 years has been overshadowed by his sudden death. It contains material from the Palmes family that has never been shown in public, private snapshots and family movies. Official website Palme on IMDb Palme at the Swedish Film Institute Database