Our films 1919-2019

Browse through a century of selected films. For each production you’ll find an article about the film. Read about how it was received, the talents in front of and behind the camera and its place in the history of SF Studios.

1920-
1929

Witchcraft Through the Ages

The golden age of Swedish film led companies to invest…

The golden age of Swedish film led companies to invest in larger and more ambitious projects. One of these was the 1922 film Witchcraft Through…

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The Parson’s Widow

Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer is, along with Ingmar Bergman,…

Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer is, along with Ingmar Bergman, one of the most celebrated Scandinavian filmmakers. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr…

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The Phantom Carriage

In 2012, Sweden’s leading film review magazine, FLM, asked its…

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),…

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The Legend of Gösta Berling

The Legend of Gösta Berling (Swedish: Gösta Berlings saga) brings together three…

The Legend of Gösta Berling (Swedish: Gösta Berlings saga) brings together three legendary names. Selma Lagerlöf, the author of the novel upon which the film was based,…

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The Dream Waltz

When cinema audiences in the USA first heard sound in…

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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1930-
1939

Intermezzo

Intermezzo was Ingrid Bergman’s international breakthrough and the film that…

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

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A Subtle Flirt

A Subtle Flirt (Swedish: En stilla flirt), based on a Norwegian novel…

A Subtle Flirt (Swedish: En stilla flirt), based on a Norwegian novel by Edith Øberg and directed by Gustaf Molander, is about an orphaned girl, Diddi Werner…

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1940-
1949

Symphony of a City

Only seven Swedish films have won an Oscar. The first…

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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Torment

The great director-in-waiting was bedridden due to illness and, according…

The great director-in-waiting was bedridden due to illness and, according to his own account, the film came to him in a flash, like a vision….

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Night Riders

Night Riders (Swedish: Rid i natt!), with its serious tone and…

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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1950-
1959

The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet), released in 1957,…

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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Seventh Heaven

For more than a century, three generations of the Ekman…

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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1960-
1969

To Go Ashore

Writing for the newspaper Expressen, the final words of Lasse…

Writing for the newspaper Expressen, the final words of Lasse Bergström’s review of Hasse Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson’s second film at SF Studios, To Go…

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Stimulantia

For Stimulantia (1967), eight Swedish directors were given free rein…

For Stimulantia (1967), eight Swedish directors were given free rein to make their own interpretation of the theme: stimulation. The original idea came from Ingmar…

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Astrid Lindgrens and SF Studios

It would be difficult to find a Swede or, indeed,…

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….

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1970-
1979

The Man on the Roof

The Man on the Roof (Swedish: Mannen på Taket) is based on…

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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1980-
1989

Jönssonligan

On 4 December 1981, tickets went on sale in Sweden…

On 4 December 1981, tickets went on sale in Sweden for the big Christmas film, the comedy Beware of the Jönsson Gang.  Eventually more than…

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My Life as a Dog

My Life as a Dog (Swedish: Mitt liv som hund)…

My Life as a Dog (Swedish: Mitt liv som hund) is one of SF Studios’ biggest successes, and its first big VHS success. Besides the…

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Snowroller

In 1980, the first in what would be a whole…

In 1980, the first in what would be a whole series of films was released. Package Tour centres on the toaster-controller Stig-Helmer Olsson (played by…

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1990-
1999

Black Jack

Few people have managed to capture Swedishness on film as…

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….

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2010-
2019

Silent Heart

Only eight directors have won the Palme d’Or more than…

Only eight directors have won the Palme d’Or more than once. Danish director Bille August is one of them. Silent Heart had its world premiere…

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A Man Called Ove

That Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel about the world-weary widower Ove…

That Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel about the world-weary widower Ove would become a popular film perhaps wasn’t so surprising. After all the book, which was…

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Borg/McEnroe

One of the most acclaimed films of the last few…

One of the most acclaimed films of the last few years, not least internationally, is Borg/McEnroe. The film depicts Björn Borg’s journey from his upbringing…

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