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FILM SERIES: Screening of My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund)

  • House of Sweden 2900 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)


My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) (1985)
(101 minutes), in Swedish with English surbitles.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: Reidar Jönsson
Cast: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, and more

A boy and his brother don’t get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they’re separated and send each one with their relatives.

FREE admission. No assigned seating. English subtitles.
Screening followed by Q&A with Reidar Jönsson.
Photo: Jörgen ”Sprisse" Nilsson.

Event registration and photo ID required for admission.



About the writer Reidar Jönsson
He is the author of fourteen novels, more than fifteen plays for Swedish stage and television, and numerous screenplays. Jönsson co-wrote the screenplay based on his novel, My Life as a Dog, for the globally lauded 1987 film of the same name, which won a Golden Globe, a New York Film Critics award, and was Oscar-nominated for best script and film, among others. His novels, My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) and its sequel, My Father His Son (En hund begraven) are published in most major languages.From 1990 to 1997, Reidar Jönsson worked in Los Angeles including for Warner Bros, Imagine, and New Line. He also went to Canada to produce, write and develop the TV series based on My Life as a Dog, which sold to 36 countries, and aired on Showtime in the US.

Upon his return to Sweden, Jönsson worked with The Swedish Film Institute. As a consultant, he developed 70+ feature screenplays plus financing for 25 feature films including multinational productions. From 2000 to 2001, he co-owned the production company, Final Cut.  He wrote and produced the feature film, DREAM, launched in Cannes, May 2001. Jönsson continues to write novels and screenplays, along with teaching. He was a visiting professor at the University of California/Long Beach. In 2012, he published the novel Dogs Paradise as the last installment of the Dog Trilogy, now regarded as a classic in Swedish literature. A new novel, Vad mitt öga såg (What My Eyes Saw) about the conflict between Palestine and Israel, arrived in 2013, and in August 2016 a new novel arrived from his pen.  “The Caregiver.”   

About the director Lars Hallström
He first became known for directing almost all music videos by pop group ABBA, and subsequently became a feature film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for My Life as a Dog – which also was his ticket to Hollywood. His later for).

His other celebrated directorial works include What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Cider House Rules (1999), Chocolat (2000), The Shipping News (2001), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011).