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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
Jan Troell’s film The Emigrants (1971) is based on the first two parts of Vilhelm Moberg’s series The Emigrants, written between 1949 and 1952. The books and the film are often cited as being among the most important Swedish works. Read more.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
The Legend of Gösta Berling was Greta Garbo's major breakthrough. But where did this great actress come from? Read more here!
Few film stars have been as mythologised, both during their life and after, as Greta Garbo. But before she was Garbo she was Greta Gustafsson,…Read more
Until the 1960s, before a film was played at a cinema, one watched a news program called SF-journalen. The audience might learn about the most recent national holidays, be updated on the latest events in the Second World War or enjoy interviews with stars returning home. Read more here!
Until the 1960s, news footage from around the world would be screened before SF Studios’ films. These newsreels were compiled under the name SF-Journalen and…Read more
Many stars have contracts within the SF Studios archive, among these contracts are a few who stand out. The animals in the Pippi Longstocking films have their own contracts. Read more here!
It’s easy to lose yourself among all the gilded contracts at SF Studios. The archive contains the preserved signatures of Max von Sydow, Greta Garbo…Read more
Ingmar Bergman wrote the screenplay to the film Torment, directed by Alf Sjöberg. The young Bergman, who also worked as an assistant director on the film, was asked to re-shoot the last scenes of the film.
Even though Torment was based on Ingmar Bergman’s script, it was Alf Sjöberg’s film in all but the last scene. The ending was first filmed…Read more
Hans Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson, more widely known as the beloved comedy duo "Hasse & Tage", changed how humor was perceived on film in Sweden during the 1960s. Throughout three decades, Hasse & Tage produced numerous Swedish comedy classics together with SF Studios.
Few duos are as well known in Sweden as Hasse & Tage, whether in comedy shows, radio sketches or on film. Their connection with SF…Read more
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…Read more
Throughout the history of SF Studios, the studio has received with many awards for its films, including three Oscars for Symphony of a City, The Virgin Spring and Through a Glass Darkly.
In 1949, SF Studios earned the Swedish film industry’s first Oscar when Symphony of a City won for Best Short Film at the 21st Academy…Read more
In the 1970s, SF Studios initiated one of its most important collaborations with the world-renowned author, Astrid Lindgren. SF Studios brought to the screen some of her most beloved characters such as Pippi, Emil and Ronia.
It would be difficult to find a Swede or, indeed, a Scandinavian, who doesn’t feel a connection with the film adaptations of Astrid Lindgren’s books….Read more
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….Read more
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…Read more
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.
Few people have managed to capture Swedishness on film as well as Englishman Colin Nutley. Black Jack (1990) was his first film with SF Studios….Read more
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.
In 2012, Sweden’s leading film review magazine, FLM, asked its readers to vote for the best Swedish film of all time. The Phantom Carriage (Swedish: Körkarlen),…Read more
Director & Screenwriter
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Ingmar Bergman, En passion © 1969 AB Svensk Filmindustri
Actress & Hollywood star
Years: 1935-1940, 1967
Ingrid Bergman, Intermezzo © 1936 AB Svensk Filmindustri. Photo: Louis Huch
Actress & Hollywood star
The Legend of Gösta Berling (1924)
Greta Garbo, The Legend of Gösta Berling (original: Gösta Berlings saga) © 1924 AB Svensk Filmindustri
Director & Actor
Years: 1919-1923, 1931-1957
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Victor Sjöström, Valborgsmässoafton © 1935 AB Svensk Filmindustri. Photo: Louis Huch
Head of Screenplay Department
Stina Bergman. From the archives of Bonnier Publishing at Centre for Business History in Stockholm.
Director & Actor
Mauritz Stiller. (From the archives of publishing house Bonnierförlagen at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.)