Il Capitano: A Swedish Requiem

Il Capitano: A Swedish Requiem (Swedish: Il Capitano) is a 1991 Swedish-Finnish biographical drama film directed by Jan Troell about the 1988 Åmsele murders in which a family of three was murdered by Juha Valjakkala over a stolen bicycle.

Il Capitano: A Swedish Requiem
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Film poster
Directed byJan Troell
Written byPer Olov Enquist
Jan Troell
Göran Setterberg
Produced byGöran Setterberg
StarringAntti Reini
Maria Heiskanen
CinematographyJan Troell
Release dates
  • 15 November 1991 (1991-11-15) (Sweden)
  • 6 December 1991 (1991-12-06) (Finland)
Running time
110 minutes

Antti Reini stars as Valjakkala, renamed Jari in the film, and Maria Heiskanen as his girlfriend Marita Routalammi, renamed Minna. Being released so soon after the actual event, the film was very controversial and received highly-mixed reviews, with some critics praising it for the difficult choice of subject and others condemning it for the same reason.[1]


  • Antti Reini as Jari
  • Maria Heiskanen as Minna
  • Berto Marklund as Police
  • Antti Vierikko as Jari age 13
  • Harri Mallenius as Teacher
  • Marjut Dahlström as Teacher
  • Eva Stellby as Post-Mortem Dissector
  • Matti Dahlberg as Father
  • Christina Frambäck as Priest

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Summary/comment at the Swedish Film Institute (in Swedish)
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  3. ^ "Il Capitano (1991)". Swedish Film Institute. 17 March 2014. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014.

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