A popular director of drama-tinged comedies, Lasse Hallström segued from Swedish television and directing virtually all of ABBA's music videos to forging a fairly successful Hollywood career with...
Directed Heath Ledger as the fabled romantic in "Casanova"
Began directing short films at age 10, including a three-minute documentary about Gotland Island
Directed Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," based on novel by Paul Torday
Feature directorial debut, "A Guy and a Gal/En Kille och en Tjej"
Directed Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in "Chocolat"; also featured wife Lena Olin
Helmed first full-length TV program "Shall We Dance?"
Directed "An Unfinished Life," featuring Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford
Helmed film adaptation of award-winning novel "The Shipping News"
Began shooting promotional film clips (forerunners of music videos) for Swedish band ABBA
Helmed feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel "Dear John"
Spent about ten years making film inserts, mostly on music groups for Swedish TV; handled much of shooting and editing
Directed feature adaptation of John Irving's novel "The Cider House Rules"; earned Best Director Academy Award nomination
Directed romantic comedy "Something to Talk About," starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid
American feature debut, as writer-director of "Once Around"
Helmed "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio; also executive produced
Directed romantic drama "Safe Haven," based on novel by Nicholas Sparks
Filmed documentary concert film "ABBA: The Movie"
Directed "The Hoax," a fact-based drama starring Richard Gere as a bogus biographer of Howard Hughes
Filmed documentary short in high school about school friends forming a rock band broadcast on Swedish TV
First film to gain international recognition, "My Life as a Dog"; received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; also earned a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures from the DGA
A popular director of drama-tinged comedies, Lasse Hallström segued from Swedish television and directing virtually all of ABBA's music videos to forging a fairly successful Hollywood career without abandoning his European sensibilities. Hallström emerged onto the international scene with "My Life as a Dog" (1985), which earned him a pair of Oscar nominations while opening the doors to American audiences. He made his U.S. debut with the underwhelming family dramedy "Once Around" (1991) before hitting his stride with the critically acclaimed "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993). After stumbling a bit with "Something to Talk About" (1995), Hallström entered his most fruitful phase with beautifully crafted adaptations of "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and "Chocolat" (2000), both of which put him back into Academy Award contention. From there, he stumbled again with the disappointing adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's "The Shipping News" (2001), before hitting bottom with "An Unfinished Life" (2005) and "Casanova" (2005). Following the appreciated, but little-seen docudrama "The Hoax" (2007), Hallström finally had the box office hit he was waiting for with the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "Dear John" (2010). Having demonstrated an impressive flair for adapting material and drawing award-worthy performances from his actors, Hallström was noted for crafting emotionally wrought films that were deftly devoid of sentimentality.
Met 1992 and lived together for two years; Married March 18, 1994 in Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm; First worked together on "Chocolat" (2000)
Born 1986 to Lena Olin and Orjan Ramberg
Almost all of ABBA's promotional films were directed and shot by Hallström.
"Lasse has huge respect for actors. He's extremely collaborative, and he's interested in characters that are multidimensional, that you can act with and take out to an edge and yet are wholly believable. He gets uniformly spectacular performances." – producer Leslie Holleran quoted in The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2000