Swedish Cinema: Articles


Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?

Palme d'Or winner The Square with Claes Bang. “Gobsmackingly weird” Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. As an aside, Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers […]


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Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?



Women's Suffrage Movie: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family at SFSFF?

Women's suffrage movie Mothers of Men: Dorothy Davenport becomes a judge and later State Governor in socially conscious thriller about U.S. women's voting rights. Are females too emotional to be objective? Women's suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Will women's right to vote lead to the destruction of The American Family? […]


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Women's Suffrage Movie: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family at SFSFF?



'Fanny and Alexander' Review: Ingmar Bergman Brilliant & Disturbing Film

'Fanny and Alexander' movie: Ingmar Bergman brilliant classic with Bertil Guve as Alexander Ekdahl. 'Fanny and Alexander' movie review: Last Ingmar Bergman 'filmic film' Why Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander / Fanny och Alexander bears its appellation is a mystery – one of many in the director's final 'filmic film' […]


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'Fanny and Alexander' Review: Ingmar Bergman Brilliant & Disturbing Film



Ingmar Bergman vs. The Oscar

Ingmar Bergman Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer, and surely Harvey Weinstein are thrilled they and/or their movies won Academy Awards last night at Hollywood & Highland. Not every Oscar nominee/winner, however, has felt that way. The Criterion Collection has posted (via dizzydentfilms) a May 12, […]


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Ingmar Bergman vs. The Oscar



Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese DGA Award Nominations + Cute Dog to Get BAFTA Nod?

The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius (right) is the only first-timer among the five nominated directors for the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards. Hazanavicius' competition consists of Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alexander Payne for The Descendants and Martin Scorsese for […]


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Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese DGA Award Nominations + Cute Dog to Get BAFTA Nod?



Lena Nyman Dies: 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' Banned as Pornography

Lena Nyman in Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) Lena Nyman, the Swedish actress who starred in the controversial, sexually charged Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), died today following “a long illness.” She was 66. Curiously, Nyman's death took place one day after that of another star of another […]


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Lena Nyman Dies: 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' Banned as Pornography



Noomi Rapace 'Beyond' Tops Guldbagge Nominations

Ola Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Beyond Actress-turned-director Pernilla August's directorial debut, Beyond topped the 2010 Guldbagge Award nominations. The psychological family drama earned eight nods for the “Swedish Oscars,” including Best Film and Best Director. Beyond tells the story of a woman (Rapace) who must confront her dying, abusive mother.Winner of […]


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Noomi Rapace 'Beyond' Tops Guldbagge Nominations



Cannes Winner Per Oscarsson Feared Dead in House Fire

Per Oscarsson, Hunger The year of 2011 begins with a likely tragedy for the movie world: According to reports, a Friday, Dec. 31, house fire may have killed veteran Swedish actor Per Oscarsson, 83, winner of the Best Actor award at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as […]


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Cannes Winner Per Oscarsson Feared Dead in House Fire



'The Sacrifice': Andrei Tarkovsky 'Exercise in Cinema Appreciation

Watching Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's final work, Offret / The Sacrifice (1986), is an exercise in cinema appreciation. That's not because The Sacrifice is a great film, but because it has great moments interspersed with moments of sheer boredom. In fact, The Sacrifice is one of those rare films that […]


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'The Sacrifice': Andrei Tarkovsky 'Exercise in Cinema Appreciation



'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Reviews

Based on Stieg Larsson's bestseller, Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has become an international box office sensation. The dark thriller-horror mystery stars European Film Award nominee Noomi Rapace as a computer hacker who helps a journalist (Michael Nyqvist) in his attempt to solve the decades-old disappearance […]


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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Reviews



'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Wins Swedish Oscar

At a meeting held Monday, the 2009 Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) jury comprised of Katinka Faragó, Nils Petter Sundgren, Pia Johansson, Jannike Åhlund, Johan Renck, Mikael Marcimain and Guldbagge jury chairman Eva Swartz Grimaldi (not voting) picked Niels Arden Oplev's box office smash The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the […]


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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Wins Swedish Oscar



Jan Troell 'Everlasting Moments' Opens in the US

Mike Hale interviews Jan Troell in the New York Times: “At the age of 77 the Swedish director Jan Troell ­ after a four-decade career that includes a best picture prize at the Berlin Film Festival, a Golden Palm nomination at Cannes and a best picture Oscar nomination ­ is […]


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Jan Troell 'Everlasting Moments' Opens in the US



Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs

Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments, a 2008 Golden Globe nominee and Sweden's entry for the 2009 best foreign-language film Academy Award, received eight Golden Beetle nominations, including best film, director, actor, actress, and screenplay. Set in the early 1900s, Everlasting Moments follows a young working-class woman (Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) who wins a camera in a lottery, thus gaining a […]


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Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs



'Let the Right One In' Movie: Effective Horror Movie & Character Study

'Let the Right One In.' Directed by Tomas Alfredson from a screenplay by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Låt den rätte komma in / Let the Right One In is not only a satisfying horror film from beginning to end – one of the best entries in the vampire genre since Blade, […]


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'Let the Right One In' Movie: Effective Horror Movie & Character Study



Ingmar Bergman Salute in Hollywood

Ingmar Bergman (right) will be the subject of a weekend-long salute – with the screening of five of his Academy Award-nominated and winning films – beginning Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencess' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The opening night of […]


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Ingmar Bergman Salute in Hollywood



Swedish Cinema Nominations + Palm Springs & Asian Festival of 1st Film Winners

Swedish cinema's Guldbagge nominations: 'You the Living' The nominations for the 2008 Guldebagge – Sweden's version of the Academy Awards – have been announced. Roy Andersson's best picture nominee You, the Living (above), a low-key comedy about the day-to-day difficulties of human life, was Sweden's entry for the 2008 best […]


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Swedish Cinema Nominations + Palm Springs & Asian Festival of 1st Film Winners



Ingmar Bergman: 'Persona' & 'Cries & Whispers' Director Dead at 89

Ingmar Bergman: 'Persona,' 'The Seventh Seal,' 'Cries and Whisper's director dead at 89 Ingmar Bergman, one of the most influential and acclaimed filmmakers of the twentieth century, died today, July 30, 2007 at his home on the island of Faro, Sweden. Bergman, whose filmography includes classics such as The Seventh […]


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Ingmar Bergman: 'Persona' & 'Cries & Whispers' Director Dead at 89



'Hour of the Wolf' Review: Ingmar Bergman Directs Max von Sydow

Vargtimmen / Hour of the Wolf, a 1968 film by Ingmar Bergman, proves the nostrum that even lesser work by a great artist surpasses the better work of lesser artists, for Bergman can get more from the prosaic than just about any other director. Hour of the Wolf is comprised […]


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'Hour of the Wolf' Review: Ingmar Bergman Directs Max von Sydow



Golden Beetles' 'Farewell Falkenberg' + 'Maurice Richard' Tops Genie Nominations

Golden Beetles: 'Falkenberg Farewell' Among Nominees The Swedish Film Institute has announced the nominees for its 2007 Golden Beetle (Guldbagge) awards. All three best film nominees are their respective directors' feature-film debuts: Farväl Falkenberg / Falkenberg Farewell (above) is Jesper Ganslandt's touching – and more than little disturbing – coming-of-age […]


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Golden Beetles' 'Farewell Falkenberg' + 'Maurice Richard' Tops Genie Nominations



'Shame' Movie Review: Ingmar Bergman Classic

I should no longer be surprised when critics miss the most obvious things in works of art, because they are human beings, and the vast majority of human beings are lazy by nature. That said, the simplistic notion that Ingmar Bergman's great 1968 drama Skammen / Shame is merely anti-war […]


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'Shame' Movie Review: Ingmar Bergman Classic



British Academy: Corruption & Racism + Doomed Gay Love & Jane Austen Top Nominations

The Constant Gardener with Ralph Fiennes. All but ignored in the U.S. this awards season, two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (as Best Supporting Actor for Schindler's List, 1993; as Best Actor for The English Patient, 1996) is a Best Actor contender for the British Academy Awards for his performance as a Kenya-based […]


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British Academy: Corruption & Racism + Doomed Gay Love & Jane Austen Top Nominations



'Man to Man': Defense of Human-Ape Link in Berlin + Ingmar Bergman & Vivien Leigh DVDs

Man to Man: Defense of the human-ape link set in 1870s Africa will open the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Régis Wargnier (Indochine) directed this tale about how scientists get things wrong – were pygmies the missing human-ape link? – when they let cultural prejudices get in the way of scientific […]


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'Man to Man': Defense of Human-Ape Link in Berlin + Ingmar Bergman & Vivien Leigh DVDs