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Bo Widerberg
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Born Bo Gunnar Widerberg
(1930-06-08)8 June 1930
Malmö, Sweden
Died 1 May 1997(1997-05-01) (aged 66)
Ängelholm, Sweden
Children Johan Widerberg (b. 1974)

Bo Widerberg (8 June 1930 – 1 May 1997), was a Swedish film director, writer, editor and actor. He was born Bo Gunnar Widerberg in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden. He died in Ängelholm, Skåne län, Sweden of stomach cancer.

Widerberg was the director of films such as Raven's End (1963), Elvira Madigan (1967), Ådalen 31 (1969), Joe Hill (1971), Fimpen (1974), The Man on the Roof (1976), Victoria (1979), The Man from Majorca (1984), The Serpent's Way (1986) and All Things Fair (1995). The Serpent's Way was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival[1] and in competition at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

In 1966 at the 3rd Guldbagge Awards his film Heja Roland! won the award for Best Film.[3]

He won a Silver Bear prize at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival for All Things Fair and a Special Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival for Ådalen 31.[4] Raven's End,[5] Ådalen 31[6] and All Things Fair all received a nominations for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. For Ådalen 31 Widerberg won the Guldbagge Award for Best Director at the 6th Guldbagge Awards.[7] For The Man on the Roof he won the award for Best Film at the 13th Guldbagge Awards.[8]

Bo Widerberg's vision of Swedish cinema parted radically with its contemporary form. He called for a greater political significance and more progressive story telling. The leading figure of Swedish cinema at the time, Ingmar Bergman, was not Widerberg's ideal at all, although he recognized his position: "Neither I nor my friends saw very much in him. We didn't find the issue of God's existence that damned important. But it's safe to say you'd be putting yourself in a bad position if you're trying to slit the throat of the father figure before your own debut." In his book, A Vision of Swedish Cinema, Widerberg concluded that Bergman's films almost exclusively dealt with issues between people directed upwards and seldom sideways. According to Widerberg, Bergman made vertical films when the need for horizontal ones was more dire. On the other hand, Widerberg wanted film to be a tool of the social sciences, a kind of sociological report.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Serpent's Way". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  2. ^ "15th Moscow International Film Festival (1987)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Heja Roland! (1966)". Swedish Film Institute. 27 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ådalen 31". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  5. ^ "The 37th Academy Awards (1965) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  6. ^ "The 42nd Academy Awards (1970) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Ådalen 31 (1969)". Swedish Film Institute. 2 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mannen på taket (1976)". Swedish Film Institute. 7 March 2014. 

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Times of Malta
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:41:15 -0700

Strandberg is an acclaimed Swedish singer and actress whose breakthrough role was in Bo Widerberg's Love 65, which was awarded the Fipresci in the 1965 Berlin International Film Festival, and received international acclaim in Jean-Luc Godard's ...
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:30:22 -0700

Filmaren Sara Broos är årets Bo Widerberg-stipendiat. Hon fick ta emot stipendiet på 35 000 kronor på Lilla Filmfestivalen i Båstad under torsdagen. — Det känns jättestort, och extra stort eftersom det är en regissör som betytt så mycket för mig ...
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:49:58 -0700

... un John Cassavetes, Bo Widerberg, Peter Weir, Victor Erice, Marco Bellocchio furent en autres, au rendez-vous. À Montréal et à Québec, l'événement fut un succès populaire et financier. Dans les deux autres villes, par manque de visibilité dans les ...
Sveriges Radio
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:41:15 -0700

I helgen avslutades Lilla Filmfestivalen i Båstad efter fem dagar av filmvisningar och samtal. Festivalen startades av filmregissören Bo Widerberg 1996, och är idag en institution i den svenska filmvärlden. Årets upplaga var den sista som Ulf Berggren ...
Helsingborgs Dagblad
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:42:41 -0700

... med regissören i huvudrollen. För er som inte har möjlighet att se filmen i Båstad finns den här under, hämtad från Youtube. Fotnot: Festivalen grundades 1996 av Bo Widerberg och har efter hans död drivits vidare i hans anda av tidigare bl a Stefan ...

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