A Man Named Ove Chases The Hundred Year Old Man

This year's Swedish Christmas Day release A Man Named Ove (En Man Som Heter Ove), starring Rolf Lassgård, has sold 400,000 tickets so far and beaten Star Wars into second place in the box office charts. Producer of Ove, Annica Bellander says of this feat: "Outstanding. To rank above such a large dragon from Hollywood suggests that there is an audience for such a film. A mixture of comedy and sadness." The current Swedish record holder for box office receipts is The

Persbrandt’s Departure Opened Up Opportunities For Beck

The news that Mikael Persbrandt was no longer to feature in the Beck films as Gunvald Larsson came as a shock to viewers in March of this year, but director Mårten Klingberg now says that the decision was made long before that. After Persbrandt's agent wrote on the actor's Facebook page that he had decided to leave the role of Gunvald Larsson in order to focus on his international career, many wondered if the scripts had already been written for the

Petra Mede To Host Guldbagge Awards For Fourth Time

It has been announced that Petra Mede is to host the 51st Guldbagge Gala at Cirkus in Stockholm on 18th January 2016. This will be Petra's fourth appearance at the Swedish film awards, having hosted it in 2011, 2012 and 2015. She has also been chosen to co-present the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with Mans Zelmerlöw. The Guldbagge Gala is the awards ceremony held by the Swedish Film Institute in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Swedish film industry

Unge Lovende Sets New Record For Online Viewing

The drama series Unge Lovende (Young & Promising) was made available online before being aired on NRK, and recent figures show that the gamble paid off with an average of 170,000 viewers, making it NRK's most watched drama series online. Chief Analyst at NRK, Kristian Tolonen, told VG: "We live in a time where young people see less drama on regular TV. The figures for Unge Lovende show that two out of three viewers online is under 40 years of age.

TV4 Julvärd: Swedish Christmas Traditions Are Imported

In his address to TV4 viewers on Christmas Eve, this year's julvärd, Bengt Magnusson, commented that the Swedish Christmas has become an amalgam of traditions imported from other cultures that have been spread through social media. "A Merry Christmas and a warm welcome into the warmth," said Magnusson. "An evening when we celebrate a traditional Swedish Christmas with Advent imported from Germany, saffron bread from Holland and English traditions, mistletoe, and Christmas cards." He continues late: "(Saint) Lucia from Sicily and the