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 […]

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? […]

'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' […]

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, […]

Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese DGA Award Nods +Canine Getting BAFTA Nod?

The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius 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 Hugo. […]

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

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 controversial, sexually charged release of that era, Last Tango […]

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 […]

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 […]

'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 […]

'Green Zone' Reviews: Matt Damon Unusual War Movie + 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Reception

Green Zone: Amy Ryan, Matt Damon (top); director Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon on the Green Zone set Paul Greengrass' Iraq War thriller Green Zone follows a US Army officer (Matt Damon) who discovers there's a government conspiracy at work to dupe Americans into believing Saddam Hussein's Iraq had “weapons of […]

Swedish Oscar Winners + Meryl Streep Beats Herself at Golden Globes

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 […]

Jan Troell & Harriet Andersson Swedish Oscars Honor + German Terrorists & Oskar Schindler of Nanking

 Jan Troell Swedish Oscars honor: Best Film Guldbagge Award winner Everlasting Moments with Maria Heiskanen. A feature film director since the mid-1960s (Here's Your Life, Ole dole doff), Jan Troell – whose credits include The Emigrants, The New Land, Zandy's Bride, and Il Capitano – is one of the most prestigious filmmakers in Swedish […]

'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, […]

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 […]

Swedish Cinema Icon Bibi Andersson Returns + Actress-Director Helen Hunt Audience Award Winner

Swedish cinema icon Bibi Andersson in Arn: The Knight Templar. Seen in 11 Ingmar Bergman features (in addition to three made-for-TV productions), Swedish cinema icon Bibi Andersson was the 2008 Guldbagge Awards' Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a less than saintly abbess in Peter Flinth's costly (by Swedish cinema standards) […]

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 […]

'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 […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar European Slant + Hip Hop Immigration Drama Tops Guldbagge Awards

Water with Lisa Ray. Set in the late 1930s, during the British occupation of India, Deepa Mehta's Water created quite a stir during its production in that country. Spoken in Hindi, the film stars Canadian actress Lisa Ray as a young widow living with several other widowed women and girls in […]

WGA Awards: Populist & Outlandish Screenplays Are Winners + Year-Old 'Maurice Richard' Tops Genie Nominations

Robert Benton and Jeff Bridges on the Nadine set. This year's WGA Laurel Award recipient was veteran screenwriter-director Robert Benton, whose writing credits range from the crime dramas Bonnie and Clyde and The Late Show to the comedies What's Up Doc? and Nadine. By then a three-time Academy Award winner, Benton (Best Director & Best Adapted […]

'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 […]

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 […]

'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 […]