A Swedish love story

by Roy Andersson

Sweden, 1969, 114', colour



Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love in beautiful surroundings during the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu in contrast to the distorted relationships, disillusionment, and world-weariness of adult life around them. Andersson's feature debut is a sunny, optimistic work that has drawn comparison to early films by Ingmar Bergman. Gorgeously shot by Jörgen Persson, cinematographer of Bo Widerberg's ELVIRA MADIGAN, the work relies on beautiful visuals to relate its sensitive story.

Reviews

"Exquisite, sensitive and almost certainly selling, A SWEDISH LOVE STRORY is like sweet reality for teenagers and as a look back for older people. (...) A film with burning hope, it gives the viewer joy and comfort. (...) Andersson is already one of the best directors in Sweden."
VARIETY

"One of the era's greatest films about adolescence."
Michael Atkinson, VILLAGE VOICE

"Filmed in bright frames wrapped with soft music, this lovestory could nearly be sentimental if Roy Andersson would no use it to point up the mediocrity of the adults"
Jean-Luc Douin, LE MONDE

"(...) The movie strikes with his freshness ton and mature direction  (...) Typical Andersson style."
Isabell Danel, PREMIÈRE

"(...) We stay with the incredible freshness of the teenage lovestory in this debut feature [A SWEDISH LOVE STORY]. (...) We find here something of Bergman's magic (...)."
Amélie Dubois, LES INROCKUPTIBLES

"A masterpiece, that's all."
Thomas Baurez, STUDIO

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Roy Andersson

 

Roy Andersson was born in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1943. His first feature A SWEDISH LOVE STORY won the main prize at the 1970 Berlinale. In 1975 he started making distinctive and very successful commercials, winning a total of 8 Golden Lions at Cannes. In 1981 he founded Studio 24 to produce and make his films with total freedom. After SOMETHING HAPPENED (1987) and WORLD OF GLORY (1991), two award winning shorts, he shot SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR in his studio and won the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 2000. His fourth feature film YOU, THE LIVING premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2007.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2007 YOU THE LIVING, Fiction, 95 min.
2000 SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, Fiction, 98 min.
1991 WORLD OF GLORY, Fiction, 16 min.
1987 SOMETHING HAPPENED, Fiction, 24 min.
1975 GILIAP, Fiction, 175 min.
1970 A SWEDISH LOVE STORY, Fiction, 115 min. 

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Cast


Ann-Sofie Kylin - Annika
Rolf Sohlman - Pär

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Roy Andersson
Script: Roy Andersson
Production Company: Europa Film
Director of Photography: Jörgen Persson
Sound: Owe Svensson, Sven Fahlén
Scenography: Lars Wallén
Costumes: Per Lekang, Maj Eriksson
Editing: Kalle Boman

Technical Information

Category: First Feature Film/ Fiction
Original language: Swedish
Format: 35mm/ colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1,66
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of reels: 7
Footage: 3419m

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Berlinale 1970, Competition


MAIN AWARDS

Berlinale 1970, Grand Prix
IWG Golden Plaque 1970, Best Film
Interfilm Award - Recommendation 1970, Best Film
Journalists' Special Award 1970, Best Film
UNICRIT Award 1970, Best Film



 

Year: 
1969
Duration: 
114'

Roy Andersson

 Roy Andersson was born in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1943. His first feature A SWEDISH LOVE STORY won the main prize at the 1970 Berlinale. In 1975 he started making distinctive and very successful commercials, winning a total of 8 Golden Lions at Cannes. In 1981 he founded Studio 24 to produce and make his films with total freedom. After SOMETHING HAPPENED (1987) and WORLD OF GLORY (1991), two award winning shorts, he shot SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR in his studio and won the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 2000. His fourth feature film YOU, THE LIVING premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2007. 

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Country: 
Sweden Sweden



Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love in beautiful surroundings during the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu in contrast to the distorted relationships, disillusionment, and world-weariness of adult life around them. Andersson's feature debut is a sunny, optimistic work that has drawn comparison to early films by Ingmar Bergman. Gorgeously shot by Jörgen Persson, cinematographer of Bo Widerberg's ELVIRA MADIGAN, the work relies on beautiful visuals to relate its sensitive story.

Reviews: 

"Exquisite, sensitive and almost certainly selling, A SWEDISH LOVE STRORY is like sweet reality for teenagers and as a look back for older people. (...) A film with burning hope, it gives the viewer joy and comfort. (...) Andersson is already one of the best directors in Sweden."VARIETY"One of the era's greatest films about adolescence."Michael Atkinson, VILLAGE VOICE"Filmed in bright frames wrapped with soft music, this lovestory could nearly be sentimental if Roy Andersson would no use it to point up the mediocrity of the adults"Jean-Luc Douin, LE MONDE"(...) The movie strikes with his freshness ton and mature direction  (...) Typical Andersson style."Isabell Danel, PREMIÈRE

"(...) We stay with the incredible freshness of the teenage lovestory in this debut feature [A SWEDISH LOVE STORY]. (...) We find here something of Bergman's magic (...)."Amélie Dubois, LES INROCKUPTIBLES"A masterpiece, that's all."Thomas Baurez, STUDIO

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love in beautiful surroundings during the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu in contrast to the distorted relationships, disillusionment, and world-weariness of adult life around them. Andersson’s feature debut is a sunny, optimistic work that has drawn comparison to early films by Ingmar Bergman. Gorgeously shot by Jörgen Persson, cinematographer of Bo Widerberg's Elvira Madigan, the work relies on beautiful visuals to relate its sensitive story.

Cast details: 


Ann-Sofie Kylin - Annika
Rolf Sohlman - Pär

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Roy Andersson
Script: Roy Andersson
Production Company: Europa Film
Director of Photography: Jörgen Persson
Sound: Owe Svensson, Sven Fahlén
Scenography: Lars Wallén
Costumes: Per Lekang, Maj Eriksson
Editing: Kalle Boman

Technical Information

Category: First Feature Film/ Fiction
Original language: Swedish
Format: 35mm/ colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1,66
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of reels: 7
Footage: 3419m

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Berlinale 1970, Competition


MAIN AWARDS

Berlinale 1970, Grand Prix
IWG Golden Plaque 1970, Best Film
Interfilm Award - Recommendation 1970, Best Film
Journalists' Special Award 1970, Best Film
UNICRIT Award 1970, Best Film



 

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