Call Girl (2012 film)

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Call Girl
Call Girl by Mikael Marcimain.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mikael Marcimain
Produced by Mimmi Spång
Written by Marietta von Hausswolff
von Baumgarten
Music by Mattias Bärjed
Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema
Edited by Kristofer Nordin
Distributed by Nordisk Film
Release date
  • 9 November 2012 (2012-11-09)
Running time
140 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Call Girl is a 2012 Swedish drama film directed by Mikael Marcimain and written by Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten. It stars Sofia Karemyr, Simon J. Berger and Josefin Asplund. The story is a fictionalised version of events based on the so-called Bordellhärvan political scandal of 1970s Sweden which linked several prominent politicians to a prostitution ring that included underage girls.


Set against the backdrop of the 1976 election, the story is centred on delinquent teenager Iris (Sofia Karemyr), who is sent to live in a juvenile home. She meets Sonja (Josefin Asplund) there and the two regularly slip away for adventures in the city. Together they are recruited to the prostitution ring operated by Dagmar Glans (Pernilla August), a madam well-known to the authorities. Dagmar's clients are mostly rich and powerful men, including senior politicians of the day. She becomes the subject of a police investigation led by a young vice officer, John Sandberg (Simon J. Berger). Sandberg soon discovers Glans has powerful clients but also finds his investigation hampered by his superiors and his life threatened by sinister figures. Police break up the prostitution ring but the powerful clients avoid being named in the scandal and Dagmar's trial concludes with her receiving a suspended sentence before Iris can testify about being an underage prostitute. In the aftermath of the trial, Sandberg is killed in a hit and run incident and his report into the affair is classified by the newly elected government. The film ends with Iris running away from the juvenile home, her ultimate fate ambiguous.




It received the FIPRESCI Discovery prize at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.[1][2] The film opened the Stockholm International Film Festival in November 2012. It went on to win the Silver Audience Award, which is voted for by the audience during the festival.[3]

It was later nominated in 11 categories at the 48th Guldbagge Awards, including Best film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, and won in four.[4][5]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Guldbagge Award January 21, 2013
Best Film Mimmi Spång (Producer) Nominated
Best Director Mikael Marcimain Nominated
Best Actress Pernilla August Nominated
Best Screenplay Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten Nominated
Best Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema Won
Best Film Editing Kristofer Nordin Nominated
Best Sound Editing Petter Fladeby and Per Nyström Won
Best Costume Design Cilla Rörby Won
Best Make-up/Hair Eros Codinas Nominated
Best Art Direction Lina Nordqvist Won
Best Visual Effects Tim Morris Nominated


  1. ^ "Awards". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012 Toronto International Film Festival Awards Announced; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Among Winners". Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vinnarna på Stockholms 23:e filmfestival" (in Swedish). Stockholms filmfestival. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Guldbagge-nomineringarna 2013" (in Swedish). Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Guldbaggen 2013: Prisregn över "Äta sova dö"" (in Swedish). Retrieved December 19, 2013. 

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