Åke Sandgren

Åke Sandgren (born 13 May 1955) is a Swedish-Danish film director and screenwriter. He has written and directed a number of films in a variety of genres, mostly in Denmark where he now lives.

Åke Sandgren
Born (1955-05-13) 13 May 1955 (age 66)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1983–present
Partner(s)Annette K Olesen


Sandgren studied Film Science and Philosophy at Stockholm University from 1976 to 1979 and then moved to Denmark where he studied film direction at the National Film School of Denmark from 1979 to 1982. After graduation, he worked as a writer and director of films in both Sweden and Denmark.[1]

He won the Golden Bear award for Best Short Film at the 1984 Berlin International Film Festival with his film Cykelsymfonien (The Bicycle Symphony).[2] His 1989 film Miraklet i Valby (Miracle at Valby) won the Grand Prize at the 2nd Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival held in February 1991.[3] It also won the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 25th Guldbagge Awards.[4] He was nominated again for the Guldbagge Award for Best Director in 1993 for the film The Slingshot.[5]

He has collaborated with a number of other Danish film directors including Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Stig Håkan Larsson, and Lars von Trier.


Work Year Credit Notes
The Shooter (2013 film) 2013 Screenplay Feature
Headhunter 2009 Producer Feature
Super Brother 2009 Screenplay Feature
To Love Someone [sv] 2008 Direction Feature
Awakening 2008 Script consultant Short fiction
Accused 2005 Associate producer Feature
The Big Day 2005 Associate producer Feature
Flies on the Wall [da] 2005 Direction Feature
The Babylon Disease [sv] 2004 Producer Feature
Move Me! 2003 Producer Feature
Reconstruction 2003 Producer Feature
Truly Human 2001 Direction Feature
Beyond (2000 film) [da] 2000 Direction Feature
Big Men, Little Men [sv] 1995 Direction Feature
The Slingshot 1993 Direction Feature
Miracle in Valby 1989 Direction Feature
Emma's Shadow 1988 Screenplay assistance Feature
Drengen i træet 1988 Direction Short fiction
Peter von Scholten (film) [da] 1987 Assistant director Feature
The Secret of John [da] 1985 Direction Short fiction
The Element of Crime 1984 Assistant director Feature
Rainfox 1984 Assistant director Feature
Thunderbirds 1983 Assistant director Feature
Haiti Express 1983 Assistant director Feature
Cykelsymfonien 1983 Direction Short fiction
Rubber Tarzan 1981 Assistant director Feature


  1. ^ "Åke Sandgren". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 19 September 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Berlin International Film Festival 1984". IMdB. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  3. ^ "YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL'91". yubarifanta. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  4. ^ "The Miracle in Valby". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Kådisbellan (1993)". Swedish Film Institute. 23 March 2014.

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