The Phantom Carriage

The first film produced at the newly built film studio Filmstaden Råsunda was Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage in 1921.  The actor/director pushed the state-of-the-art setting to its limits and the film is still considered to be one of the most iconic silent films ever. Read more.

The Legend of Gösta Berling

During the 1920s, SF Studios secured exclusive rights to film the work of Nobel Prize laureate Selma Lagerlöf. The adaptation of The Legend of Gösta Berling was directed by Mauritz Stiller and featured a young Greta Garbo. Both Stiller and Garbo headed to Hollywood following this film. Read more.

The Dream Waltz

The Dream Waltz was SF Studios’ first film with sound and was released in 1929. The film set the direction for the future and marked the end of the silent film era. Read more.

Intermezzo

The greatest discovery by legendary director Gustaf Molander was, of course, Ingrid Bergman. The film was her breakthrough and she reprised the role in a Hollywood remake three years later, opposite legendary actor Leslie Howard. Read more.

A Subtle Flirt

Norwegian-born Tutta Rolf was a superstar in Sweden during the 1930s. A Subtle Flirt was the first Swedish film to compete in international film festivals. Read more.

Night Riders

Released in the middle of World War II, the film Night Riders highlighted the challenges of resistance and war. Based on a novel by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg. Read more.

Torment

Ingmar Bergman wrote the screenplay for Torment and director Alf Sjöberg brought it to life in 1944. The film won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946. The sadistic Latin teacher, nicknamed Caligula, has become an iconic character in Swedish film history. Read more.

Symphony of a City

The internationally acclaimed film Symphony of a City, directed by Arne Sucksdorff, was awarded an Academy Award for Best Short Film in 1949. It was the first of three Academy Awards for SF Studios. Read more.

Seventh Heaven

The comedy Seventh Heaven was directed by director/actor/writer Hasse Ekman. He is part of the prominent Ekman family that has entertained Swedes since the 1910s. Read more.

The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal, released in 1957, cemented Ingmar Bergman’s position as an internationally renowned director. The film is one of the most iconic films in the history of cinema. Read more.

To Go Ashore

To Go Ashore, released in 1965, was directed by the beloved comedy duo Hasse & Tage. The film is one of the most popular films of all times for Swedish audiences. The film’s ensemble cast includes famous jazz singer Monica Zetterlund. Read more.

Stimulantia

A feature film with short stories by some of the most famous directors and stars of the time, such as Ingmar Bergman, Ingrid Bergman and Birgit Nilsson. In spite of the famous talent, Stimulantia did not meet the expectations when released in 1967. Read more.

Astrid Lindgren and SF Studios

In the early 1970s, SF Studios started one of its most important collaborations with the world-renowned author of children’s books, Astrid Lindgren. SF Studios brought to the screen some of her most beloved characters such as Pippi Longstocking, Emil in Lönneberga and Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter. Read more.

The Man on the Roof

The Man on the Roof, directed by Bo Widerberg and released in 1976, introduced the new genre: Nordic Noir. SF Studios adapted the thriller from the novel written by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Read more.

My Life as a Dog

My Life as a Dog was Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström’s international breakthrough. Released in 1985, the film reached a global audience and won several awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Read more.

Snowroller

Although not widely well-known internationally, the Swedish films series about the nerdy Stig-Helmer ranks among the most commercially successful films ever in Sweden. Snowroller, released in 1985, is the second in the series. Read more.

 

 

Black Jack

Director Colin Nutley and Swedish actress Helena Bergström are one of most successful duos in Swedish film and television. Black Jack was the first of many collaborations between SF Studios and the dynamic duo. Read more.

 

A Man Called Ove

The adaptation of Fredrick Backman’s best-selling novel has become one of the most successful Swedish films in recent years, both in Sweden and internationally. A Man Called Ove, released in 2015, stars the acclaimed Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård as the cranky title character. There are plans to produce an American remake. Read more.

 

Borg/McEnroe

Borg/McEnroe, released in 2017, tells the story of the relationship between the legendary tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe. With a cast headed by internationally renowned actors Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård and Sverrir Gudnason, the film was a huge success both in Sweden and internationally. Read more.

 

 

 

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Seventh Heaven

The comedy Seventh Heaven was directed by director/actor/writer Hasse Ekman. He is part of the prominent Ekman family that has entertained Swedes since the 1910s.

For more than a century, three generations of the Ekman family left their mark on Swedish films. Gösta, Hasse and Gösta (the younger) Ekman were…

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Night Riders

Released in the middle of World War II, the film Night Riders highlighted the challenges of resistance and war. Based on a novel by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg.

Night Riders (Swedish: Rid i natt!), with its serious tone and biting dialogue, was released at the height of the Second World War and gave renewed…

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The Man on the Roof

The Man on the Roof, directed by Bo Widerberg and released in 1976, introduced the new genre: Nordic Noir. SF Studios adapted the thriller from the novel written by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.

The Man on the Roof (Swedish: Mannen på Taket) is based on Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö’s detective novel The Abominable Man. Directed by Bo Widerberg, it’s…

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The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal, released in 1957, cemented Ingmar Bergman's position as an internationally renowned director. The film is one of the most iconic films in the history of cinema.

The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet), released in 1957, is probably the best-known Swedish film ever made. Along with Persona and Fanny & Alexander,…

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Symphony of a City

The internationally acclaimed film Symphony of a City, directed by Arne Sucksdorff, was awarded an Academy Award for Best Short Film in 1949. It was the first of three Academy Awards for SF Studios. 

Only seven Swedish films have won an Oscar. The first was Arne Sucksdorff’s Symphony of a City (Swedish: Människor i stad), which won Best Short Film in…

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The Dream Waltz

The Dream Waltz was SF Studios' first film with sound and was released in 1929. The film set the direction for the future and marked the end of the silent film era.

When cinema audiences in the USA first heard sound in the movies they burst out laughing – that’s how strange it was. The Dream Waltz…

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Intermezzo

The greatest discovery by legendary director Gustaf Molander was, of course, Ingrid Bergman. The film was her breakthrough and she reprised the role in a Hollywood remake three years later, opposite legendary actor Leslie Howard.

Intermezzo was Ingrid Bergman’s international breakthrough and the film that took her to Hol-lywood. The films she’d previously made at SF Studios included The Count…

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Arne Sucksdorff – Sweden’s leading documentary filmmaker

Academy Award-winning Arne Sucksdorff is considered one of cinema's great documentary filmmakers of all time.

Arne Sucksdorff is, without doubt, Sweden’s greatest documentary filmmaker. From the 1940s until the 1960s, his films found great success the world over. He created…

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Borg/McEnroe – An international success

Borg/McEnroe proved to be an international success and cemented SF Studios' position as a leading Nordic film studio with international reach.

Borg/McEnroe quickly received a great deal of international attention and was sold to more than 150 countries. It’s also been a big hit with audiences….

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Tutta Rolf – The Comedienne of the 1930s

Norwegian actress Tutta Rolf was one of Sweden's biggest film stars in the 1930s. In many ways, her films are representative of SF Studios' productions during this era.

Norwegian actress and singer Tutta Rolf had her breakthrough in Sweden in the early 1930s. With her chirpy voice and comedic talent, she became SF…

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Talents

Ingmar Bergman

Director & Screenwriter
Years: 1940-1969
The Seventh Seal (1957)

Ingmar Bergman, En passion © 1969 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Mauritz Stiller

Director & Actor
Years: 1919-1924
Erotikon (1920)

Mauritz Stiller. (From the archives of publishing house Bonnierförlagen at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)

Vilgot Sjöman

Director & Screenwriter
Years: 1952-1980s
491 (1964)

Vilgot Sjöman, 491 © 1964 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Alf Sjöberg

Director
Years: 1920s-1950s
Torment (1944)

Alf Sjöberg, Torment (original: Hets) © 1944 AB Svensk Filmindustri

 

Arne Sucksdorff

Documentary filmmaker
Years: 1941-1965
Symphony of a City (1947)

Arne Sucksdorff, Symphony of a City (original: Människor i stad) © 1947 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Astrid Lindgren

Author & Screewnriter
Years: 1964-1988
Emil in Lönneberga (1971)

Astrid Lindgren, Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter (original: Ronja Rövardotter) © 1984 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Carl Anders Dymling

CEO at SF Studios
Years: 1942-1961

 

Carl Anders Dymling. (From AB Svensk Filmindustri’s archive at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)

Charles Magnusson

SF Studio’s first CEO
Years: 1919-1928

 

Charles Magnusson. (From AB Svensk Filmindustri’s archives at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)

Gösta Ekman sr

Actor & director
Years: 1920-1936
Intermezzo (1936)

Gösta Ekman, Intermezzo © 1936 AB Svensk Filmindustri. Photo: Louis Huch

Gösta Ekman jr

Actor & Director
Years: 1956-1990s
The Adventures of Picasso (1978)

Gösta Ekman, Egg! Egg! A Hardboiled Story (original: Ägget är löst) © 1975 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Greta Garbo

Actress & Hollywood star
The Legend of Gösta Berling (1924)

 

Greta Garbo, The Legend of Gösta Berling (original: Gösta Berlings saga) © 1924 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Harald Molander

Head of Filmstaden’s Studio Lot
Years: 1935-1963

 

Harald Molander, archive photo: Swedish Film Institute

Hjalmar Bergman

Author and screenwriter
Years: 1919-1923, 1927-1931
Father and Son (1931)

Photo: Hjalmar Bergman. (From Bonnier Publishing archives at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm. )

Ingrid Bergman

Actress & Hollywood star
Years: 1935-1940, 1967
Intermezzo (1936)

Ingrid Bergman, Intermezzo © 1936 AB Svensk Filmindustri. Photo: Louis Huch

Julius Jaenzon

Cinematographer
Years: 1919-1945
The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Julius Jaenzon, The Dream Waltz (original: Säg det i toner) © 1929 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Karin Swanström

Artistic Leader & Actress
Years: 1920s-1942
Swedenhielms (1935)

Karin Swanström. (From Bonnier Publishing’s archives at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)

Kenne Fant

CEO at SF Studios, Actor
Years: 1963-1980

 

Kenne Fant. (From AB Svensk Filmindustri’s archive at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)

Lena Nyman

Actress
Years: 1960s-2000s
491 (1964)

Lena Nyman, Morrhår och ärtor © 1986 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Monica Zetterlund

Actress & Singer
Years: 1960s-1970s
The Emigrants (1971)

Monica Zetterlund, To Go Ashore (original: Att angöra en brygga) © 1965 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Nils Hårde

Head of artistic advertising
Years: 1929-1953
Designed SF Studios logotype

Nils Hårde. (From AB Svensk Filmindustri’s archive at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)

Nils Poppe

Actor & Director
Years: 1930s-1960s
The Seventh Seal (1957)

Nils Poppe. (From archives of AB Svensk Filmindustris at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)

Selma Lagerlöf

Nobel laureate & author
The Phantom Carriage (1921)

 

Selma Lagerlöf. (From Bonnier Publishing archives at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm. Photo: Atelier Florman.)

Sickan Carlsson

Actress
Years: 1932-1944, 1956-1961
Seventh Heaven (1956)

Sickan Carlsson, Seventh Heaven (original: Sjunde himlen) © 1956 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Stina Bergman

Head of Screenplay Department
Years: 1935-1947
Dollar (1938)

Stina Bergman. From the archives of Bonnier Publishing at Centre for Business History in Stockholm.

Tage Danielsson

Director & Actor
Years: 1964-1984
To Go Ashore (1965)

Tage Danielsson, The Apple War (original: Äppelkriget) © 1971 AB Svensk Filmindustri

Tutta Rolf

Actress & Singer
Years: 1932-1939
A Subtle Flirt (1934)

Tutta Rolf, A Subtle Flirt (original: En stilla flirt) © 1934 AB Svensk Filmindustri. Photo: Louis Huch.
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Victor Sjöström

Director & Actor
Years: 1919-1923, 1931-1957
Wild Strawberries (1957)

Victor Sjöström, Valborgsmässoafton © 1935 AB Svensk Filmindustri. Photo: Louis Huch