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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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16 news items

The Guardian
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:39:36 -0700

Given the preference for continental Europe in Guardian film criticism, I'm rather surprised Rose hasn't heard of Bo Widerberg's Joe Hill – after all, it's Swedish, even though its hero became an American union leader. And it's rather sad that the ...
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:49:59 -0700

My stereotype perception of a weak-tea social democracy was altered somewhat by Bo Widerberg's 1969 neglected film masterpiece “Adalen '31” that dramatized the general strike that led to the election of the country's first social democratic government.
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 ...
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:02:23 -0700

Bo Widerberg spädde på i filmform med Kvarteret Korpen. Alla vet hur kvinnornas roll såg ut i dessa exklusivt manliga projekt. Sett i det perspektivet blir Majs klassresa så mycket intressantare. I första delen, Att föda ett barn, råkade Maj som kom ...

Helsingborgs Dagblad

Helsingborgs Dagblad
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 03:44:55 -0700

Att den startades av Bo Widerberg och utvecklats helt i hans anda. Det ska den göra även i framtiden. Det är också en festival för både umgänge och samtal, att den just är liten skapar goda möjligheter för det. Vi har inga planer på att den ska växa ...

Diario El País

Diario El País
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 11:42:43 -0700

Menos famoso que colegas como Bo Widerberg, Lukas Moodyson y Tomas Alfredsson, Roy Andersson viene haciendo películas desde hace décadas. Su primera película (el documental Den Vita Sporten, "El deporte blanco") es de 1969. La más reciente ...
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 ...
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:14:43 -0700

El País / Se trata de una serie de escenas cómicas sobre la condición humana de uno de los directores suecos menos conocidos internacionalmente. El León de Oro le fue otorgado por un jurado presidido por el compositor de cine Alexandre Desplat

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