Åke Sandgren

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Åke Sandgren
Born (1955-05-13) May 13, 1955 (age 59)
Umeå, Sweden
Occupation Film director
Film producer
Years active 1983 –

Åke Sandgren (born May 13, 1955 in Umeå, Sweden) is a Swedish-Danish film director and screenwriter. He has written and directed a number of films in a variety of genres, mostly in Denmark where he now lives.


Sandgren studied Film Science and Philosophy at Stockholm University from 1976 to 1979 and then moved to Denmark where he studied film direction at the National Film School of Denmark from 1979 to 1982. After graduation he worked as a writer and director of films in both Sweden and Denmark.[1]

He won the Golden Bear award for Best Short Film at the 1984 Berlin International Film Festival with his film Cykelsymfonien (The Bicycle Symphony).[2] His 1989 film Miraklet i Valby (Miracle at Valby) won the Grand Prize at the 2nd Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival held in February 1991.[3] It also won the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 25th Guldbagge Awards.[4] He was nominated again for the Guldbagge Award for Best Director in 1993 for the film The Slingshot.[5]

He has collaborated with a number of other Danish film directors including Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Stig Håkan Larsson and Lars von Trier.

Feature filmography[edit]

Films as a director:[6]

  • Cykelsymfonien 1983 - Short film
  • Johannes' hemmelighed 1985
  • Miraklet i Valby (Miracle in Valby) 1990
  • Kådisbellan (The Slingshot) 1993
  • Stora och små män (Big Men, Little Men) 1995
  • Dykkerne (Beyond) 2000
  • Et Rigtigt Menneske (Truly Human) 2001
  • Fluerne På Væggen (Flies on the Wall) 2005
  • Den Man Elsker (To Love Someone) 2007


  1. ^ "Åke Sandgren". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-09-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Berlin International Film Festival 1984". IMdB. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ "YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL'91". yubarifanta.com. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  4. ^ "The Miracle in Valby". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Kådisbellan (1993)". Swedish Film Institute. 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Åke Sandgren". IMdB. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 


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