Alf Sjöberg

Sven Erik Alf Sjöberg (21 June 1903 – 17 April 1980) was a Swedish theatre and film director. He won the Grand Prix du Festival at the Cannes Film Festival twice: in 1946 for Torment (Swedish: Hets) (part of an eleven-way tie), and in 1951 for his film Miss Julie (Swedish: Fröken Julie)[1] (an adaptation of August Strindberg's play which tied with Vittorio De Sica's Miracle in Milan).

Alf Sjöberg
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Sven Erik Alf Sjöberg

(1903-06-21)21 June 1903
Died17 April 1980(1980-04-17) (aged 76)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationFilm director
Years active1925–1969
Known forDirector
Spouse(s)Märta Ekström
(m. 1930⁠–⁠1934)

Elsa Ahlsell
(m. 1935⁠–⁠1980)

Despite his success with those films, Sjöberg was foremost a stage director, perhaps the greatest at Dramaten (alongside first Olof Molander and later Ingmar Bergman). He was a First Director of Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre between 1930 and 1980; he staged there many remarkable and historic productions. Sjöberg was also a pioneer director of drama for early Swedish TV (his 1955 TV production of Hamlet is a national milestone). At the 3rd Guldbagge Awards Sjöberg won the award for Best Director for the film Ön.[2]

Sjöberg died in a car accident on his way to rehearsal at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.





  • They Staked Their Lives (Med livet som insats) (1940)
  • Den blomstertid (1940)
  • Hem från Babylon (1941)
  • Only a Mother (Bara en mor) (1949)
  • The Heavenly Play (Himlaspelet) (1942)
  • Resan bort (1945)
  • Miss Julie (Fröken Julie) (1951)
  • Karin Månsdotter (1954)
  • Wild Birds (Vildfåglar) (1955)
  • The Judge (Domaren) (1960)
  • Ön (1966)


  1. ^ "Alf Sjöberg - Artist Page". Cannes Festival website. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Ön (1966)". Swedish Film Institute. 27 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Hets - Fiche Film - La Cinémathèque française". Grand Prix, 1946 au Festival International du Film (Cannes)

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