A Swedish Love Story

This article is about the Swedish movie. For the Owen Pallett album, see A Swedish Love Story EP.
En kärlekshistoria
Directed by Roy Andersson
Produced by Ejnar Gunnerholm
Written by Roy Andersson
Starring Ann-Sofie Kylin
Rolf Sohlman
Music by Björn Isfält
Jan Bandel
Cinematography Jörgen Persson
Edited by Kalle Boman
Release dates
  • 24 April 1970 (1970-04-24)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

A Swedish Love Story (Swedish: En kärlekshistoria) is a 1970 Swedish romantic drama directed by Roy Andersson, starring Ann-Sofie Kylin and Rolf Sohlman as two teenagers falling in love. Inspired by the Czechoslovak New Wave, the film was Andersson's feature film debut and was successful in Sweden and abroad.


  • Ann-Sofie Kylin as Annika
  • Rolf Sohlman as Pär
  • Anita Lindblom as Eva
  • Bertil Norström as John Hellberg
  • Lennart Tellfelt as Lasse
  • Margreth Weivers as Elsa
  • Arne Andersson as Arne
  • Maud Backéus as Gunhild
  • Verner Edberg as Verner
  • Elsie Holm as Guest at Crayfish Party
  • Tommy Nilsson - Roger
  • Gunnar Ossiander as Pär's Grandfather
  • Gunvor Ternéus as Guest at Crayfish Party
  • Lennart Tollén as Lennart
  • Björn Andrésen as Pär's Buddy

Production and reception

Roy Andersson had just graduated from film school, having made two promising short films and a 48 minutes examination film, when he was given the opportunity to make A Swedish Love Story. The film was shot between 16 June and 26 August 1969.[1] The Time Out Film Guide 2009 says the film is "strangely touching and wonderfully strange."[2]


It was entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival.[3] The film was also selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 43rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[4] At the 7th Guldbagge Awards the film won the award for Best Film.[5]

See also


  1. Press reaction and commentary at the Swedish Film Institute (Swedish)
  2. Nicholas Royle "Swedish Love Story, A", in John Pym (ed.) Time Out Film Guide 2009, London: Penguin, 2008, p.1040
  3. "IMDb.com: Awards for A Swedish Love Story". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  4. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. "En kärlekshistoria (1970)". Swedish Film Institute. 2 March 2014. Archived from the original on 22 September 2014.

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