Raven's End (Swedish: Kvarteret Korpen) is a 1963 Swedish drama film directed by Bo Widerberg, about an aspiring working-class writer in Malmö. The story bears some similarities to Widerberg's own background, although he claimed it to be entirely fictional.[1]

Raven's End
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Swedish poster
Directed byBo Widerberg
Written byBo Widerberg
Produced byWaldemar Bergendahl
StarringThommy Berggren
Keve Hjelm
CinematographyJan Lindeström
Edited byWic Kjellin
Release date
  • 26 December 1963 (1963-12-26)
Running time
101 minutes


In the mid 1930s, Anders is dreaming about becoming a writer. His friend Sixten is dreaming about becoming a football player so he can go to Paris and meet prostitutes in fur. Anders' ambitions are supported by his girlfriend Elsie and his parents. His mother supports the family by doing laundry, while his father is unemployed and has a problem with alcohol and gambling.

Anders sends a script for a book he has written about the block they live in to a publisher in Stockholm. He is asked to come to Stockholm and discuss the book, which makes his father excited. But the publisher doesn't want to publish the book, and when Anders returns they all become very disappointed.

Elsie becomes pregnant with Anders' child. Anders seeks advice from his father, but the father is drunk and they end up fighting. The father blames his wife for all the misery they are suffering from, meaning it's all because he was humiliated by an affair she once had. The mother blames the father, meaning it was his violent behaviour that caused her infidelity.

Anders decides to leave his family, his pregnant girlfriend and all misery behind. He joins Sixten and they both travel to Stockholm.



The film was shot on location in a run-down Malmö block that was soon to be demolished. Locals were used as extras to strengthen the feeling of authenticity.[2]

Awards and nominationsEdit

At the 1st Guldbagge Awards Keve Hjelm was awarded the Guldbagge for Best Actor.[3] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4] It was also entered into the official selection at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, competing for the Palme d'Or.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Häglund, Kjell (September 1995) "Kjell möter Bo Widerberg." (in Swedish) Café Magazine. Retrieved on 6 April 2009.
  2. ^ Comment/summary at the Swedish Film Institute
  3. ^ "Tystnaden (1963)". Swedish Film Institute. 24 February 2014.
  4. ^ "The 37th Academy Awards (1965) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Raven's End". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-27.

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