Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (film)

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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Ronia german poster.jpg
German film poster
Directed by Tage Danielsson
Produced by Waldemar Bergendahl
Written by Astrid Lindgren
Starring Hanna Zetterberg
Dan Håfström
Börje Ahlstedt
Lena Nyman
Music by Björn Isfält
Cinematography Rune Ericson
Mischa Gavrjusjov
Ole Fredrik Haug
Edited by Jan Persson
Release date
  • 14 December 1984 (1984-12-14) (Sweden)
Running time
126 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Budget SEK 18,000,000 (estimated)
Box office SEK 49,396,838 (Sweden)

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (in the UK, Ronja Rövardotter in Sweden, Ronja Robbersdaughter in the USA) is a Swedish fantasy film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 14 December 1984,[1] directed by Tage Danielsson, based on the 1981 novel of the same title by Astrid Lindgren, and adapted for the screen by Lindgren herself.

When the film was broadcast on television two years after its cinema premiere, the film was twenty minutes longer and uncensored (the cinema release allowed viewing from 7 years and older). This spurred a debate where critics asked if film was more harmful in cinemas than on television.[2] The film was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 58th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3]


Ronja, daughter of robber-chief Mattis becomes friends with Birk Borkasson. His father, robber-chief Borka, is the main rival and fiercest enemy of Ronja's father.



The film was a major success, becoming the highest-grossing 1984 film in Sweden,[4] More than 1.5 million people attended its screenings in Sweden.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

The film won Reader Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost and the Silver Berlin Bear ("For a movie of extraordinary fantasy") at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival in 1985. The film was also nominated for a Golden Bear.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ronja Rövardotter". Swedish Film Database. 14 December 1984. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ronja Rövardotter (1984)" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  4. ^ Holmlund, Christine (2003). "Pippi and Her Pals". Cinema Journal. 42.2 (Winter 2003): 4. 
  5. ^ "Box office / business for Ronja Rövardotter (1984)". Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Berlinale: 1985 Programme". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  7. ^ "Awards for Ronja Rövardotter (1984)". Retrieved 2008-07-07. 

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