Jerusalem (1996 film)

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Directed by Bille August
Written by Bille August
Starring Ulf Friberg
Release dates
  • 6 September 1996 (1996-09-06) (Sweden)
Running time
168 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Jerusalem is a film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 6 September 1996,[1] directed by Bille August, based on the two-part novel Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf.[2] The film, also a broadcast as a TV-series, was a Scandinavian co-production headed by Svensk Filmindustri. The film was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3][4]

The novel and the film were inspired by real events from the end of the 19th century, a time when many people left Europe to find a better life abroad. The story revolves around a number of struggling families from northern Sweden who share a strong Christian belief in the impending end of the world. After a long journey, these families choose to settle on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where they take up farming and build a new future, waiting for Judgement Day. A series of claimed visions only add to the difficulty of life in their adopted country, and with growing hardship and the loss of family members, some in the group decide to return to Sweden, while others stay.

The cast includes Ulf Friberg, Sven-Bertil Taube, Maria Bonnevie, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Reine Brynolfsson, Lena Endre, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Nyqvist, Mona Malm, Sven Wollter, Hans Alfredson, Viveka Seldahl and Johan Rabaeus.


  • Ulf Friberg as Ingmar
  • Maria Bonnevie as Gertrud
  • Pernilla August as Karin
  • Reine Brynolfsson as Tim
  • Lena Endre as Barbro
  • Jan Mybrand as Gabriel
  • Sven-Bertil Taube as Helgum
  • Björn Granath as Storm
  • Viveka Seldahl as Stina
  • Mona Malm as Eva Gunnarsdotter
  • Hans Alfredson as Mats Hök
  • Max von Sydow as Vicar
  • Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. Gordon
  • Annika Borg as Gunhild
  • Johan Rabaeus as Eljas
  • Sven Wollter as Stor-Ingmar
  • Mats Dahlbäck as Hans Berger
  • Anders Nyström as Sven Persson
  • Claes Esphagen as Forrester
  • Fredrik Ohlsson as Lawyer
  • John Gunnarson as Jesus
  • Torsten Sjöholm as Gunnar Höök
  • Michael Nyqvist as Carpenter 1
  • Lasse Almebäck - Carpenter 2
  • André Beinö as childhood Ingmar (credited as André Beijnö)
  • Stina Wargert - Gertrud as child
  • Sydnee Blake - American woman
  • Mel Cobb - American man
  • Nils Eklund - Innkeeper
  • Lars Engström - Doctor
  • Rolf Jenner - Big man 1
  • Christer Flodin - Big man 2
  • Viktor Friberg - Saw worker
  • Douglas Johansson as Lars Tipers
  • Katherine Kjellgren - American girl
  • Jan Sjödin - Gabriel's father
  • Eva Stellby - Gabriel's mother
  • Stina von Sydow as Servant girl
  • Cilla Thorell - Russian girl
  • Amanda Steen - Greta
  • Tindra Laurén - Greta as a little girl
  • Galina Pavlovna Soboleva - Russian woman
  • Valeri Dmitrievitj-Lisenkov - Russian man 1
  • Pavel Oetrovitj-Ostroukhouv - Russian man 2


Lena Endre won the Swedish Guldbagge Award as Best supporting actress, and the film was nominated in several other categories.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jerusalem" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Database. 6 September 1996. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  2. ^ James Verniere (1997-03-28). "Movie review; `Jerusalem': Dry as dust". Boston Herald. p. s.05. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  3. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  4. ^ "39 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 13 November 1996. Archived from the original on 9 February 1999. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 

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