Mikael Håfström

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Mikael Håfström
Born (1960-07-01) 1 July 1960 (age 54)
Lund, Sweden
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1987–present

Mikael Håfström (born 1 July 1960) is a Swedish film director and screenwriter.[1] He is best known for the 2003 film, Evil.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Lund, Sweden, Mikael Hafstrom studied film at the University of Stockholm and the School of Visual Arts.[3]

Career[edit]

Hafstrom's 2003 film, Evil, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards.[4] His slasher film, Drowning Ghost, screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Market.[5]

In 2005, Hafstrom directed Derailed, which starred Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.[6]

Hafstrom directed 1408, a horror film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name and starring John Cusack, in 2007.[7] He collaborated with Cusack again in Shanghai, which premiered at the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival.[8]

He directed The Rite, an exorcism thriller film starring Anthony Hopkins, in 2011.[9] His 2013 film, Escape Plan, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.[10]

In 2013, it was announced that Hafstrom will direct an film adaptation of Tunnels.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Original title
1995 Vendetta director
2001 Days Like This director, writer Leva Livet
2003 Kopps co-writer
2003 Evil director, co-writer Ondskan
2004 Drowning Ghost director, writer Strandvaskaren
2005 Derailed director
2007 1408 director
2010 Shanghai director
2011 The Rite director
2013 Escape Plan director
TBA Tunnels director

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1989 Terrorns Finger director
1992 Hassel: De Giriga director, writer
1992 Botgörarna director, writer
1996 Skuggornas Hus director
1997 Chock 1: The Angel of Death director
1997 Chock 2: Kött writer
1999 Sjätte Dagen writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mikael Håfström". AllMovie. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Child, Ben (April 9, 2014). "Noomi Rapace to join spy thriller Unlocked for director Mikael Hafstrom". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Mikael Hafstrom". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Buzzelli, Susan (March 1, 2004). "Amidst Criticism of Its Choices, Academy Brings Together Foreign Language Nominees". IndieWire. 
  5. ^ Rehlin, Gunnar (June 17, 2004). "Review: ‘Drowning Ghost’". Variety. 
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla (November 11, 2005). "Derailed - Two Strangers on a Train, en Route to Big Trouble". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Atkinson, Michael (December 20, 2011). "1408 (2007)". Sight & Sound. 
  8. ^ Kerr, Elizabeth (October 14, 2010). "Shanghai - Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Hazelton, John (January 25, 2011). "The Rite - Reviews - Screen". Screen International. 
  10. ^ McCahill, Mike (October 17, 2013). "Escape Plan – review". The Guardian. 
  11. ^ White, James (February 28, 2013). "Mikael Hafstrom Digs Tunnels - He'll make the YA adaptation". Empire. 

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