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Simon and the Oaks (film)

Simon and the Oaks (Swedish: Simon och ekarna) is a Swedish drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 9 December 2011,[1] directed by Lisa Ohlin and starring Bill Skarsgård. The film is based on the novel with the same name by Marianne Fredriksson. The film was nominated in 13 categories at the 47th Guldbagge Awards, won two of the awards: Cecilia Nilsson for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the role as Inga, and Jan Josef Liefers for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as Ruben Lentov.

Simon and the Oaks
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Directed byLisa Ohlin
Produced by
Written byMarnie Blok
Based onSimon and the Oaks
by Marianne Fredriksson
Music byAnnette Focks
CinematographyDan Laustsen
Edited by
  • GötaFilm AB
  • Filmkameratene A/S
  • Asta Film ApS
  • Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv GmbH
Distributed byNordisk Film
Release date
  • 9 December 2011 (2011-12-09) (Sweden)
Running time
122 minutes

Ohlin took over as director for the film, after the director Björn Runge in April 2009 announced that he would dropped out of the production.[2] In May 2009, the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) announced that Ohlin quits her job as film commissioner at the SFI to direct the film.[3]


The film is about Simon (Bill Skarsgård), growing up in a working-class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg during World War II. He is very talented and always felt different and an outsider. Against his parents' approval, he seeks education in the arts, normally not attended by members of the working class at the time. There he meets Isaak (Karl Linnertorp), the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who fled persecution in Nazi Germany. The lives of the two boys and their families intertwine as the war rages in Europe. At the end of the war, it becomes clear to Simon that his life, family and his very identity will no longer be the same.



Simon and the Oaks was nominated for 13 Guldbagge Awards, and won two.

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Guldbagge Award January 23, 2012[4] Best Film Christer Nilson Nominated
Best Director Lisa Ohlin Nominated
Best Actress Helen Sjöholm Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jan Josef Liefers Won
Best Supporting Actress Cecilia Nilsson Won
Best Visual Effects Marcus B. Brodersen and Lars Erik Hansen Nominated
Best Original Score Anette Focks Nominated
Best Costume Design Katja Watkins Nominated
Best Art Direction Anders Engelbrecht, Lena Selander and Folke Strömbäck Nominated
Best Make-up/Hair Linda Boije af Gennäs Nominated
Best Cinematography Dan Laustsen Nominated
Best Sound Editing Jason Luke Nominated
Best Film Editing Kasper Leick and Michal Leszczylowski Nominated


  1. ^ "Simon och ekarna" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Database. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ Erik Helmerson/TT Spektra. (April 20, 2009). "Björn Runge hoppar av storfilmen" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Lisa Ohlin slutar på Filminstitutet" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. May 28, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Mede leder Guldbaggegalan" (in Swedish). GöteborgsPosten. Retrieved January 4, 2012.

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