Two Swedish films dominate market share in 2015


Swedish cinema had a difficult year in 2015 with regards to box office admissions, but was saved by a strong December with the releases of A Holy Mess and A Man Called Ove.

Swedish cinemas in total reached 17 million admissions, which was up 5% from 2014 with thanks to US films. Local films sold 3.4 million tickets, or 17% less than in 2014. (Source: Swedish Film Institute)

Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove was released over Christmas, and managed to register a record opening and go on to reach one million releases. Based off the popular novel, A Man Called Ove follows 59 year old Ove has he attempts to control the neighbourhood when a pregnant Parvaneh and her family move in and accidentally back into Ove’s mailbox, causing an unlikely friendship. A Man Called Ove will be released in Germany early April.

Similarly, Helena Bergström’s A Holy Mess accounted for 18% of all tickets sold by local fare. A Holy Mess (or En underbar javla jul) is about a gay couple who invites their somewhat homophobic families to meet for the first time during Christmas. A Holy Mess stars Robert Gustafsson (The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window…) and no international release date is set. 




Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.