Alf Sjöberg

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Alf Sjöberg
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Born Sven Erik Alf Sjöberg
(1903-06-21)21 June 1903
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 17 April 1980(1980-04-17) (aged 76)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Film director
Years active 1925–1969
Spouse(s) Märta Ekström (m. 1930–34)
Elsa Ahlsell (m. 1935–80)

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 Iris and the Lieutenant (Swedish: Iris och löjtnantshjärta) (part of an eleven-way tie), and in 1951 for his film Miss Julie (Swedish: Fröken Julie)[1] (an adaption of August Strindberg's play which tied with Vittorio De Sica's Miracle in Milan).

Despite his success with films Torment (1944) and Miss Julie, 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 in the years 1930–1980, where he staged a large number of 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.



  • The Ingmar Inheritance (Ingemarsarvet) (1925)
  • Ådalens poesi (1928)
  • Resan Bort (1945)



  • 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. "Festival de Cannes: Alf Sjöberg". Retrieved 2011-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ön (1966)". Swedish Film Institute. 27 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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