Guldbagge Award for Best Director

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Guldbagge Award for Best Director
Country Sweden
Presented by Swedish Film Institute
First awarded 1964 (for direction in films released during the 1963/1964 film season)
Currently held by Magnus von Horn,
The Here After (2015)
Official website

The Guldbagge for Best Director is a Swedish film award presented annually by the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) as part of the Guldbagge Awards (Swedish: "Guldbaggen") to directors working in the Swedish motion picture industry.


Throughout the past 50 years, SFI has presented a total of 50 Best Director awards to 40 different directors. Along with the categories Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role, the award for Best director were one of the four original price categories which was presented at the first award ceremony in 1964.[1] At the 1st Guldbagge Awards (1963/1964), Ingmar Bergman was awarded the first Guldbagge for his film The Silence.[2] Since then, the prize has been awarded every year, except in 1971 where the only prize for best film was awarded, and in 1980 where only the categories Best Film, Best Actor along with the Ingmar Bergman Award.[2] At both the 30th Guldbagge Awards (1994) and the 42nd Guldbagge Awards (2006), Best Director was presented to a co-directing team, rather than to an individual director.

The Guldbagge Awards for Best Director and Best Film have been very closely linked throughout their history. Of the 50 films that have been awarded Best Film, 22 have also been awarded Best Director. The first one to achieve this was Ingmar Bergman, whose film The Silence won the Best Film award at the first 1st Guldbagge Awards.[2] The last one who achieved this was Gabriela Pichler through her film, Eat Sleep Die at the 48th Guldbagge Awards (2012).[3]

The first woman who won the award for Best Director was Marianne Ahrne, for the film Near and Far Away (1976). Besides her, only nine women have ever been awarded for Best Director: Suzanne Osten for The Mozart Brothers (1986), Åsa Faringer for The Daughter of the Puma (1994), Ella Lemhagen for Tsatsiki, morsan och polisen (1999), Catti Edfeldt and Ylva Gustavsson for Kidz in da Hood (2006), Lisa Siwe for Glowing Stars (2009), Pernilla August for Beyond (2010), and Gabriela Pichler for Eat Sleep Die (2012). Since 1991, when the nomination system was introduced with three nominees, the number of female directors has increased significantly, with a total of 18 women. The first woman that got nominated was Susanne Bier for the film Freud's Leaving Home (1991).[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Each Guldbagge Awards ceremony is listed chronologically below along with the winner of the Guldbagge Award for Directing and the film associated with the award. Before 1991 the awards did not announce nominees, only winners. In the columns under the winner of each award are the other nominees for best director, which are listed from 1991 and forward.

For the first nineteen ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years. For example, the 2nd Guldbagge Awards presented on October 15, 1965, recognized films that were released between July, 1964 and June, 1965.[1][4] Starting with the 20th Guldbagge Awards, held in 1985, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31. The Awards presented at that ceremony were in respect of 18 months of film production owing to the changeover from the broken calendar year to the standard calendar year during 1984.[1] Due to a mediocre film year, no awards ceremony was held in 1971.[5]

  Winners before the nomination system (1964–1990)
  Winners under the nomination system (1991–present)
Ingmar Bergman won two awards, the first for The Silence, and the second for Fanny and Alexander.
Alf Sjöberg won in 1965/66 for directing Ön.
Jan Troell won two awards in this category, for Here's Your Life and As White as in Snow, and was nominated for two: Everlasting Moments and The Last Sentence.
Bo Widerberg won two awards in this category, Ådalen 31, and All Things Fair.
Tage Danielsson won in 1971/72 for directing The Apple War.
Suzanne Osten won in 1986 for directing The Mozart Brothers.
Max von Sydow won in 1988 for directing Katinka.
Kjell Sundvall won in 1996 for directing The Hunters.
Ella Lemhagen won in 1999 for directing Tsatsiki, morsan och polisen.
Gabriela Pichler won in 2012 for directing Eat Sleep Die.
Ruben Östlund won two awards in this category, Play, and Force Majeure.
Year Director(s) Film Ref.
Ingmar BergmanAward winner The Silence [6]
Arne SucksdorffAward winner My Home Is Copacabana
Alf SjöbergAward winner Ön
Jan TroellAward winner Here's Your Life [7]
Kjell GredeAward winner Hugo and Josephine [8]
Bo WiderbergAward winner Ådalen 31
Lars Lennart ForsbergAward winner Mistreatment
(no award given)

(no award given)
Tage DanielssonAward winner The Apple War
Johan BergenstråhleAward winner Foreigners
Vilgot SjömanAward winner A Handful of Love
Hans AlfredsonAward winner Egg! Egg! A Hardboiled Story [9]
Jan HalldoffAward winner Buddies
Marianne AhrneAward winner Near and Far Away
Olle HellbomAward winner The Brothers Lionheart
Stefan JarlAward winner A Respectable Life

(no award given)

(no award given)
Kay PollakAward winner Children's Island
Hans AlfredsonAward winner The Simple-Minded Murderer [9]
Ingmar BergmanAward winner Fanny and Alexander [6]
Hrafn GunnlaugssonAward winner When the Raven Flies
Hans Alfredson False as Water [9]
Suzanne OstenAward winner The Mozart Brothers
Kjell GredeAward winner Hip hip hurra! [8]
Max von SydowAward winner Katinka
Åke SandgrenAward winner The Miracle in Valby
Kjell GredeAward winner Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg [8][10]
Anders GrönrosAward winner Agnes Cecilia – en sällsam historia [11]
Susanne Bier Freud's Leaving Home
Clas Lindberg Underground Secrets
Colin NutleyAward winner House of Angels [12]
Kjell-Åke Andersson Night of the Orangutan
Bille August The Best Intentions
Clas LindbergAward winner The Ferris Wheel [13]
Daniel Alfredson The Man on the Balcony
Åke Sandgren The Slingshot
Ulf HultbergAward winner
Åsa FaringerAward winner
The Daughter of the Puma
Catti Edfeldt Sixten
Rainer Hartleb A Pizza in Jordbro
Bo WiderbergAward winner All Things Fair
Kristian Petri Between Summers
Tomas Alfredson Bert: The Last Virgin
Kjell SundvallAward winner The Hunters
Kjell-Åke Andersson Christmas Oratorio
Ella Lemhagen The Dream Prince
Daniel AlfredsonAward winner Tic Tac
Måns Herngren
Hannes Holm
Adam & Eva
Christina Olofson Sanning eller konsekvens
Lukas MoodyssonAward winner Show Me Love
Solveig Nordlund Nelio's Story
Lisa Ohlin Waiting for the Tenor
Ella LemhagenAward winner Tsatsiki, morsan och polisen
Anders Nilsson Zero Tolerance
Kjell Sundvall In Bed with Santa
Roy AnderssonAward winner Songs from the Second Floor
Geir Hansteen Jörgensen The New Country
Lukas Moodysson Together
Jan TroellAward winner As White as in Snow
Mikael Håfström Days Like This
Bille August A Song for Martin
Lukas MoodyssonAward winner Lilya 4-ever
Ulf Malmros We Can Be Heroes!
Kjell Sundvall Grabben i graven bredvid
Björn RungeAward winner Daybreak
Mikael Håfström Evil
Kristian Petri Details
Tomas AlfredsonAward winner Four Shades of Brown
Maria Blom Dalecarlians
Kay Pollak As It Is in Heaven
Ulf MalmrosAward winner Tjenare kungen
Josef Fares Zozo
Björn Runge Mouth to Mouth
Catti EdfeldtAward winner
Ylva GustavssonAward winner
Kidz in da Hood
Jesper Ganslandt Falkenberg Farewell
Anders Nilsson When Darkness Falls
Roy AnderssonAward winner You, the Living
Josef Fares Leo
Johan Kling Darling
Tomas AlfredsonAward winner Let the Right One In
Jan Troell Everlasting Moments
Ruben Östlund Involuntary
Lisa SiweAward winner Glowing Stars
Teresa Fabik Starring Maja
Fredrik Edfeldt The Girl
Pernilla AugustAward winner Beyond
Lisa Langseth Pure
Babak Najafi Sebbe
Ruben ÖstlundAward winner Play [14]
Lisa Aschan She Monkeys
Lisa Ohlin Simon and the Oaks
Gabriela PichlerAward winner Eat Sleep Die [15][16]
Mikael Marcimain Call Girl
Jan Troell The Last Sentence
Per FlyAward winner Waltz for Monica [17][18]
Anna Odell The Reunion
Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
Shed No Tears
Ruben ÖstlundAward winner Force Majeure [19][20]
Mikael Marcimain Gentlemen
Roy Andersson A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Magnus von HornAward winner The Here After [21][22]
Sanna Lenken My Skinny Sister
Peter Grönlund Drifters

International presence[edit]

As the Guldbagge Awards are based in Sweden and are centered on the Swedish film industry, the majority of Guldbagge Award winners have been Swedish. Nonetheless, there is significant international presence at the awards, as evidenced by the following list of winners of the Guldbagge Award for Best Director.

However, no director has won for a film that is entirely in a foreign language.

Several international nominees include:

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Guldbagge Award categories". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Guldbagge Awards". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Utmärkelser" (in Swedish). The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Värdar, tid och plats för alla Guldbaggegalor" (in Swedish). The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "När filmgalan var ny" (in Swedish). The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Ingmar Bergman". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jan Troell". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c "Kjell Grede". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "Hans Alfredson". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1991 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1992 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1993 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1994 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ Fellman, Erik (January 23, 2012). "Guldbaggen 2012 : Vinnare" (in Swedish). Filmkritikerna. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Nomineringarna till Guldbaggen" (in Swedish). Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ Fellman, Erik (January 21, 2013). "Guldbaggen 2013 : Vinnare" (in Swedish). Filmkritikerna. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ Svenska Filminstitutet (January 3, 2014). "Nominerade". (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "Guldbaggen 2014: Vinnarna" (in Swedish). January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ Svenska Filminstitutet (January 8, 2015). "Nominerade". (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Alla vinnare Guldbaggen 2015" (in Swedish). SVT. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Nominations for the 2015 Guldbagge Awards" (Press release). Swedish Film Institute. January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  22. ^ Norman, Isabel; Nykänen, Joni (January 18, 2016). "Glädjevrålet på Guldbaggegalan" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 

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