Lasse Hallström

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A popular director of drama-tinged comedies, Lasse Hallstrm segued from Swedish television and directing virtually all of ABBA's music videos to forging a fairly successful Hollywood career without abandoning his ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1946 in Sweden

Filmography

Director (27)

Sebastian's Love 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Safe Haven 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hypnotist 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear John 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

New Amsterdam 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

An Unfinished Life 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Casanova 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shipping News 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Chocolat 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Something to Talk About 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Around 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Five 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

My Life As A Dog 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Alla vi barn i Bullerby 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Tva killar och en tjej 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Tuppen 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Jag aer med Barn 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

ABBA - the Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

En Kille och en tjej 1975 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

Sebastian's Love 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Once Around 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Life As A Dog 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tva killar och en tjej 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jag aer med Barn 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

Jag aer med Barn 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

ABBA - the Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

En Kille och en tjej 1975 (Movie)

(From Story)

En Kille och en tjej 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (3)

Tva killar och en tjej 1983 (Movie)

(Editor)

ABBA - the Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

En Kille och en tjej 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (2)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Open Window (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (1)

World of Film (TV Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

En Kille och en tjej 1975 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Malou Hallstrom Editor

Wife
Married 1974 Divorced 1981

Johan Hallstrom

Son
Born 1976; mother, Malou Hallstrom

Tora Hallström Editor

Daughter

Karin Lyberg

Mother
Died 2000

Ernst Lyberg

Grandfather
Maternal grandfather; was Swedish Minister of Finance from 1926-28 and leader of the Liberal Party of Sweden from 1930-33

Lena Olin Actor

Wife
Met 1992 and lived together for two years Married March 18, 1994 in Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm First worked together on "Chocolat" (2000)

August Ramberg

Step-Son
Born 1986 to Lena Olin and Orjan Ramberg

Milestones

2013

Directed romantic drama "Safe Haven," based on novel by Nicholas Sparks

2012

Directed Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," based on novel by Paul Torday

2010

Helmed feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel "Dear John"

2007

Directed "The Hoax," a fact-based drama starring Richard Gere as a bogus biographer of Howard Hughes

2005

Directed Heath Ledger as the fabled romantic in "Casanova"

2005

Directed "An Unfinished Life," featuring Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford

2001

Helmed film adaptation of award-winning novel "The Shipping News"

2000

Directed Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in "Chocolat"; also featured wife Lena Olin

1999

Directed feature adaptation of John Irving's novel "The Cider House Rules"; earned Best Director Academy Award nomination

1995

Directed romantic comedy "Something to Talk About," starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid

1993

Helmed "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio; also executive produced

1991

American feature debut, as writer-director of "Once Around"

1985

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

1977

Filmed documentary concert film "ABBA: The Movie"

1975

Feature directorial debut, "A Guy and a Gal/En Kille och en Tjej"

1972

Began shooting promotional film clips (forerunners of music videos) for Swedish band ABBA

1968

Helmed first full-length TV program "Shall We Dance?"

1967

Filmed documentary short in high school about school friends forming a rock band broadcast on Swedish TV

1956

Began directing short films at age 10, including a three-minute documentary about Gotland Island

Spent about ten years making film inserts, mostly on music groups for Swedish TV; handled much of shooting and editing

Bonus Trivia

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Almost all of ABBA's promotional films were directed and shot by Hallström.

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"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

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