Il Capitano: A Swedish Requiem

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Il Capitano: A Swedish Requiem
File:Il capitano poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Jan Troell
Produced by Göran Setterberg
Written by Per Olov Enquist
Jan Troell
Göran Setterberg
Starring Antti Reini
Maria Heiskanen
Cinematography Jan Troell
Release dates
  • 15 November 1991 (1991-11-15) (Sweden)
  • 6 December 1991 (1991-12-06) (Finland)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Finnish

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 where a family of three was murdered by Juha Valjakkala over a stolen bicycle. 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 nominations


  1. Summary/comment at the Swedish Film Institute (in Swedish)
  2. "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-05-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Il Capitano (1991)". Swedish Film Institute. 17 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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