Lasse Hallström

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Lasse Hallström
Lena Olin and Lasse Hallström at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013.jpg
Hallström and wife Lena Olin at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
Born Lars Sven Hallström
(1946-06-02) 2 June 1946 (age 68)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1973–present
  • Malou Hallström (m. 1974; div. 1981)
  • Lena Olin (m. 1994)
Children 3

Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström (born 2 June 1946) is a Swedish film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) (1985) and later for The Cider House Rules (1999).

Early life[edit]

Hallström was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His father was a dentist[1] and his mother was the writer Karin Lyberg (1907–2000). His maternal grandfather, Ernst Lyberg, was the Minister of Finance in the first cabinet of Carl Gustaf Ekman (1926–1928) and leader of the Liberal Party of Sweden (1930–1933).


As young Hallström attended Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm. He learned his craft making music videos, in particular for the group ABBA. Since the international success of My Life as a Dog (1985), for which he was nominated for Academy Awards for writing and directing, Hallström has worked in American movies. His first notable American success was What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). He reached his greatest level of prominence when he was nominated for an Academy Award for best director for the critically acclaimed movie The Cider House Rules (1999) and then later directed the well-received film Chocolat (2000), both of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

His 2012 film The Hypnotist was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[2]

He is set to direct Walt Disney's The Hundred-Foot Journey, which will have a release date of August 8, 2014. The film is based on the book of same name written by Richard C. Morais. Steven Spielberg will produce the film with Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake.[3]

Other work[edit]

Almost all of ABBA's promotional films were directed and shot by Hallström, with the only (seven total) exceptions being "When I Kissed the Teacher" (1977); "Chiquitita" (1979), which was made by the BBC; "I Have a Dream" (1979); "On and On and On" (1980); "Lay All Your Love on Me" (1981); "The Day Before You Came" (1982) and "Under Attack" (1982), which were both directed by Kjell Sundvall and Kjell-Åke Andersson. In 1999, Hallström directed the music video for Northern Line's debut single "Run for Your Life".

Personal life[edit]

Hallström married media personality and actress Malou Hallström (died 3 February 2005) in 1974, from which he has one child, Johan (born 1976). The couple divorced in 1981. In 1990, he met fellow Swede, actress Lena Olin; they married on 18 March 1994. The couple currently reside in Bedford, New York, and have two children, Tora (born 1995) and producer and director F. Auguste Rahmberg (born 1986). They also have a home located in the Stockholm archipelago.[4][5]


(The following is a complete list of all the ABBA music videos that were directed by Lasse Hallström.)


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Lasse Hallstrom's 'The Hypnotist' is Sweden's Oscar Candidate". Hollywood Reporter. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Lasse Hallstrom Taking a 'Hundred-Foot Journey' with Helen Mirren". 3 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Olevik, Josefin (4 April 2011). "Så förgörs en regissör". Fokus (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lena Olin: Gudarna ska veta att passionen kan vara plågsam". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 23 May 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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