Guldbagge Award for Best Director

The Guldbagge for Best Director is a Swedish film award presented annually by the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) as part of the Guldbagge Awards (Swedish: "Guldbaggen") to directors working in the Swedish motion picture industry.

Guldbagge Award for Best Director
Presented bySwedish Film Institute
First awarded1964 (for direction in films released during the 1963/1964 film season)
Currently held byNathalie Álvarez Mesén,
Clara Sola (2021)


Throughout the past 50 years, SFI has presented a total of 50 Best Director awards to 40 different directors. Along with the categories Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role, the award for Best director were one of the four original price categories which was presented at the first award ceremony in 1964.[1] At the 1st Guldbagge Awards (1963/1964), Ingmar Bergman was awarded the first Guldbagge for his film The Silence.[2] Since then, the prize has been awarded every year, except in 1971 where the only prize for best film was awarded, and in 1980 where only the categories Best Film, Best Actor along with the Ingmar Bergman Award.[2] At both the 30th Guldbagge Awards (1994) and the 42nd Guldbagge Awards (2006), Best Director was presented to a co-directing team, rather than to an individual director.

The Guldbagge Awards for Best Director and Best Film have been very closely linked throughout their history. Of the 55 films that have been awarded Best Film, 24 have also been awarded Best Director. The first one to achieve this was Ingmar Bergman, whose film The Silence won the Best Film award at the first 1st Guldbagge Awards.[2] The last one who achieved this was Magnus von Horn through his film, The Here After at the 51st Guldbagge Awards (2015).[3]

The first woman who won the award for Best Director was Marianne Ahrne, for the film Near and Far Away (1976). Besides her, only nine women have ever been awarded for Best Director: Suzanne Osten for The Mozart Brothers (1986), Åsa Faringer for The Daughter of the Puma (1994), Ella Lemhagen for Tsatsiki, morsan och polisen (1999), Catti Edfeldt and Ylva Gustavsson for Kidz in da Hood (2006), Lisa Siwe for Glowing Stars (2009), Pernilla August for Beyond (2010), and Gabriela Pichler for Eat Sleep Die (2012). Since 1991, when the nomination system was introduced with three nominees, the number of female directors has increased significantly, with a total of 22 women. The first woman that got nominated was Susanne Bier for the film Freud's Leaving Home (1991).[2]

Winners and nomineesEdit

Each Guldbagge Awards ceremony is listed chronologically below along with the winner of the Guldbagge Award for Directing and the film associated with the award. Before 1991 the awards did not announce nominees, only winners. In the columns under the winner of each award are the other nominees for best director, which are listed from 1991 and forward.

For the first nineteen ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years. For example, the 2nd Guldbagge Awards presented on October 15, 1965, recognized films that were released between July, 1964 and June, 1965.[1][4] Starting with the 20th Guldbagge Awards, held in 1985, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31. The Awards presented at that ceremony were in respect of 18 months of film production owing to the changeover from the broken calendar year to the standard calendar year during 1984.[1] Due to a mediocre film year, no awards ceremony was held in 1971.[5]

  Winners before the nomination system (1964–1990)
  Winners under the nomination system (1991–present)
Ingmar Bergman won two awards, the first for The Silence, and the second for Fanny and Alexander.
Alf Sjöberg won in 1965/66 for directing Ön.
Jan Troell won two awards in this category, for Here's Your Life and As White as in Snow, and was nominated for two: Everlasting Moments and The Last Sentence.
Bo Widerberg won two awards in this category, Ådalen 31, and All Things Fair.
Tage Danielsson won in 1971/72 for directing The Apple War.
Suzanne Osten won in 1986 for directing The Mozart Brothers.
Max von Sydow won in 1988 for directing Katinka.
Kjell Sundvall won in 1996 for directing The Hunters.
Ella Lemhagen won in 1999 for directing Tsatsiki, morsan och polisen.
Gabriela Pichler won in 2012 for directing Eat Sleep Die.
Ruben Östlund won three awards in this category, Play, Force Majeure, and The Square.
Year Director(s) Film Ref.
Ingmar Bergman  The Silence [6]
Arne Sucksdorff  My Home Is Copacabana
Alf Sjöberg  Ön
Jan Troell  Here's Your Life [7]
Kjell Grede  Hugo and Josephine [8]
Bo Widerberg  Ådalen 31
Lars Lennart Forsberg  Mistreatment
(no award given)

(no award given)
Tage Danielsson  The Apple War
Johan Bergenstråhle  Foreigners
Vilgot Sjöman  A Handful of Love
Hans Alfredson  Egg! Egg! A Hardboiled Story [9]
Jan Halldoff  Buddies
Marianne Ahrne  Near and Far Away
Olle Hellbom  The Brothers Lionheart
Stefan Jarl  A Respectable Life

(no award given)

(no award given)
Kay Pollak  Children's Island
Hans Alfredson  The Simple-Minded Murderer [9]
Ingmar Bergman  Fanny and Alexander [6]
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson  When the Raven Flies
Hans Alfredson False as Water [9]
Suzanne Osten  The Mozart Brothers
Kjell Grede  Hip hip hurra! [8]
Max von Sydow  Katinka
Åke Sandgren  The Miracle in Valby
Kjell Grede  Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg [8][10]
Anders Grönros  Agnes Cecilia – en sällsam historia [11]
Susanne Bier Freud's Leaving Home
Clas Lindberg Underground Secrets
Colin Nutley  House of Angels [12]
Kjell-Åke Andersson Night of the Orangutan
Bille August The Best Intentions
Clas Lindberg  The Ferris Wheel [13]
Daniel Alfredson The Man on the Balcony
Åke Sandgren The Slingshot
Ulf Hultberg 
Åsa Faringer 
The Daughter of the Puma
Catti Edfeldt Sixten
Rainer Hartleb A Pizza in Jordbro
Bo Widerberg  All Things Fair
Kristian Petri Between Summers
Tomas Alfredson Bert: The Last Virgin
Kjell Sundvall  The Hunters
Kjell-Åke Andersson Christmas Oratorio
Ella Lemhagen The Dream Prince
Daniel Alfredson  Tic Tac
Måns Herngren
Hannes Holm
Adam & Eva
Christina Olofson Sanning eller konsekvens
Lukas Moodysson  Show Me Love
Solveig Nordlund Nelio's Story
Lisa Ohlin Waiting for the Tenor
Ella Lemhagen  Tsatsiki, morsan och polisen
Anders Nilsson Zero Tolerance
Kjell Sundvall In Bed with Santa
Roy Andersson  Songs from the Second Floor
Geir Hansteen Jörgensen The New Country
Lukas Moodysson Together
Jan Troell  As White as in Snow
Mikael Håfström Days Like This
Bille August A Song for Martin
Lukas Moodysson  Lilya 4-ever
Ulf Malmros We Can Be Heroes!
Kjell Sundvall Grabben i graven bredvid
Björn Runge  Daybreak
Mikael Håfström Evil
Kristian Petri Details
Tomas Alfredson  Four Shades of Brown
Maria Blom Dalecarlians
Kay Pollak As It Is in Heaven
Ulf Malmros  Tjenare kungen
Josef Fares Zozo
Björn Runge Mouth to Mouth
Catti Edfeldt 
Ylva Gustavsson 
Kidz in da Hood
Jesper Ganslandt Falkenberg Farewell
Anders Nilsson When Darkness Falls
Roy Andersson  You, the Living
Josef Fares Leo
Johan Kling Darling
Tomas Alfredson  Let the Right One In [14][15]
Jan Troell Everlasting Moments
Ruben Östlund Involuntary
Lisa Siwe  Glowing Stars [16]
Teresa Fabik Starring Maja
Fredrik Edfeldt The Girl
Pernilla August  Beyond [17]
Lisa Langseth Pure
Babak Najafi Sebbe
Ruben Östlund  Play [18]
Lisa Aschan She Monkeys
Lisa Ohlin Simon and the Oaks
Gabriela Pichler  Eat Sleep Die [19][20]
Mikael Marcimain Call Girl
Jan Troell The Last Sentence
Per Fly  Waltz for Monica [21][22]
Anna Odell The Reunion
Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
Shed No Tears
Ruben Östlund  Force Majeure [23][24]
Mikael Marcimain Gentlemen
Roy Andersson A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Magnus von Horn  The Here After [25][26]
Sanna Lenken My Skinny Sister
Peter Grönlund Drifters
Goran Kapetanović  My Aunt in Sarajevo [27][28]
Felix Herngren
Måns Herngren
The 101-Year Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared
Hanna Sköld Granny´s Dancing on the Table
Alexandra-Therese Keining Girls Lost
Ruben Östlund  The Square [29][30]
Amanda Kernell Sami Blood
Janus Metz Pedersen Borg McEnroe
Tarik Saleh The Nile Hilton Incident
Carl Javér Reconstructing Utøya [31][32]
Ali Abbasi Border
Måns Månsson and Axel Petersén The Real Estate
Gabriela Pichler Amateurs
Hugo Lilja and Pella Kågerman   Aniara [33][34]
Levan Akin And Then We Danced
Roy Andersson About Endlessness
Jon Holmberg Sune – Best Man [sv]
Amanda Kernell   Charter [35][36]
Nathan Grossman Greta
Maria Bäck Psychosis in Stockholm
Henrik Schyffert Spring Uje spring
Nathalie Álvarez Mesén   Clara Sola [37]
Gorki Glaser-Müller Children of the Enemy
Ninja Thyberg Pleasure
Ronnie Sandahl Tigers

International presenceEdit

As the Guldbagge Awards are based in Sweden and are centered on the Swedish film industry, the majority of Guldbagge Award winners have been Swedish. Nonetheless, there is significant international presence at the awards, as evidenced by the following list of winners of the Guldbagge Award for Best Director.

However, no director has won for a film that is entirely in a foreign language.

Several international nominees include:

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Guldbagge Award categories". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Guldbagge Awards". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Utmärkelser" (in Swedish). The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Värdar, tid och plats för alla Guldbaggegalor" (in Swedish). The Swedish Film Database. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "När filmgalan var ny" (in Swedish). The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Ingmar Bergman". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jan Troell". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Kjell Grede". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Hans Alfredson". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1991 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1992 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1993 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Guldbagge Awards 1994 (Sweden) - Swedish Film Institute". FilmAffinity. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Guldbaggenomineringar 2008". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). January 10, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Widman, Linda (January 12, 2009). "Här är galans alla vinnare". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Peterson, Jens; Holmqvist, Emilia; Wejbro, Sandra (January 8, 2010). "De kan vinna baggar". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  17. ^ "De krigar om Guldbaggarna". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). January 24, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  18. ^ Fellman, Erik (January 23, 2012). "Guldbaggen 2012 : Vinnare" (in Swedish). Filmkritikerna. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  19. ^ "Nomineringarna till Guldbaggen" (in Swedish). Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  20. ^ Fellman, Erik (January 21, 2013). "Guldbaggen 2013 : Vinnare" (in Swedish). Filmkritikerna. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  21. ^ Svenska Filminstitutet (January 3, 2014). "Nominerade". (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Guldbaggen 2014: Vinnarna" (in Swedish). January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  23. ^ Svenska Filminstitutet (January 8, 2015). "Nominerade". (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Alla vinnare Guldbaggen 2015" (in Swedish). SVT. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  25. ^ "Nominations for the 2015 Guldbagge Awards" (Press release). Swedish Film Institute. January 4, 2016. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  26. ^ Norman, Isabel; Nykänen, Joni (January 18, 2016). "Glädjevrålet på Guldbaggegalan". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  27. ^ Anderberg, Carl Adam. "Nominerade" (in Swedish). Moviezine. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  28. ^ Folcker, Sebastian (January 23, 2017). "De blev årets vinnare". SVT (in Swedish). Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  29. ^ Haimi, Rebecca (January 4, 2018). "Flest nomineringar till Borg – Östlund: "Det känns okej"". SVT (in Swedish). Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  30. ^ Pettersson, Leo (January 22, 2018). "Glädjetårar efter Sameblods succé". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  31. ^ "De är nominerade till Guldbaggen 2019". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  32. ^ "Guldbaggevinnare avslöjades i förtid" (in Swedish). January 29, 2019.
  33. ^ "De är nominerade till Guldbaggen 2019". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  34. ^ da Silva, Tali; Rönnqvist Fors, Klara (20 January 2020). "And then we danced vann bästa film på Guldbaggegalan". SVT (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  35. ^ "2020 års Guldbaggenomineringar!". 17 December 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  36. ^ Adelai, Amina; Farran-Lee, Lydia (25 January 2021). "Charter och Spring Uje spring tog hem de tunga priserna". SVT (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  37. ^ "2021 års Guldbaggenomineringar". The Swedish Film & TV Producers Association. 17 December 2021. Retrieved 4 March 2022.

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