November 16, 2019
8th the annual Michael Nyqvist Foundation Award
was given to Swedish actor David Dencik and the
Moomsteatern. Dencik actually appeared in both
the Swedish and American versions of "The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo" though he took on different roles.
Here is an
extra large photo for the Archives that was taken at the
Stockholm premiere of "The Girl Who Played with Fire" on
September 14, 2009.
September 25, 2019
Michael's widow Catharina recently
wrote an article for "Save Life", the magazine published
by Sweden's Cancer Foundation. It was on June 27, 2017,
when Michael died of lung cancer at only 56 years old.
And now two years later, Catharina looks back over the
years that her husband's illness consumed their lives.
Before Michael began to film the "100 Code" series back
in the spring of 2014, he had been diagnosed with lung
cancer. A tumor was discovered and the treatment had
been deemed successful with its decrease in size.
Michael felt hopeful and was eager to go abroad and
However, on a return visit to the
doctor, they were told that the cancer had mutated.
Catharina describes hospital visits as stepping into
another world. Michael does not want to meet anyone he
knows, absolutely does not want to be recognized. He
stares at the floor. Every visit feels like a doomsday.
Chemotherapy began and a whole
plethora of medicines filled their bathroom, so many
that Catharina called it "The Apothecary". She describes
the powerlessness she felt about not being able to share
the disease with her husband. The feeling of injustice.
And the anxiety about sitting in the waiting room at the
hospital in what felt like hours.
She recalled that when they got
married, the priest had told them that they should bear
each other's burdens. They thought it was so beautiful,
something to be reminded of, a call that gave them
strength. She writes, "We chose to live here and now and
decided to do everything together. So the illness period
became one of the most beautiful in our lives."
In the last three years of Michael's
life, he participated in two television series and ten
films. Wow! He certainly persevered!
August 15, 2019
Sadly, I have to report that
Michael's scenes in "The Command" (previously titled
"Kursk") were left on the floor of the editing room. The
photos below show him in his uniform as Colonel Nesterov.
The IMDB continues to include him in the cast as well as
hundreds of other movie web sites. This error should be
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Here are some new movie stills
from the 2016 Pernilla August film
LEKEN (A Serious Game) for which Michael won a
Guldbagge for Best Supporting Actor. He had such a
kind face though the Americans cast him too often as
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And a lovely photo of the
trio who made MOTHER OF
MINE such a beautiful film - Actress
Maria Lundqvist, Director Klaus Härö
July 3, 2019
A HIDDEN LIFE, which
premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, will hit
theaters in the US on December 13, 2019. In France the
release date is set for December 11 and it will be
screened in UK theaters on January 17, 2020. Fox
Searchlight made waves at Cannes when the distributor
purchased the rights to the film for a reported $14
million, beating out the likes of A24, Netflix, and
others. Clearly, this is the film that everyone has on
their mind as an early awards-season favorite.
June 27, 2019
Today sadly marks the two year
anniversary of the shocking news that our beloved
Michael had passed away. I have added a page to the
Archives devoted to his death and funeral
at this link.
May 24, 2019
hard to argue that the subject matter of Terrence
Malick's new film, A HIDDEN LIFE, which premiered
in competition in Cannes on Tuesday, is almost
tailor-made to fit the director's cinematic agenda. The
based-on-fact story of the Austrian farmer Franz
Jägerstätter (August Diehl), whose refusal to swear
allegiance to Hitler and serve in the army during World
War II led inexorably to his execution in 1943,
possesses all of the elements of an archetypal Malick
film. The director has a well-known penchant for
protagonists who spurn the material world for higher
spiritual callings. In addition, focusing on
Jägerstätter’s hometown, the idyllic mountain village of
St. Radegund in Upper Austria, allows the director to
indulge his fondness for capturing achingly beautiful
natural landscapes. One must, of course, recall
of Heaven (1978).
Though Malick eluded the festival's
red carpet photographers, dressed in a tuxedo, he was
given a warm standing ovation following the screening of
The press corps was hopeful he would
show up at the film's new conference but only the film's
stars August Diehl and Valerie Pachner were on hand for
As is often the case with Malick's
productions, the film was shot years before finally
seeing the light of day. The passage of time was enough
to see the death of two actors in the interim. Charles
Barfield of The Playlist wrote, "Sadly, the long post
production resulted in actors Michael Nyqvist and Bruno
Ganz both passing away due to cancer over the course of
the editing process. There’s a bit of solace knowing
that, judging by critical reviews, it appears their
final appearances on the big screen will be celebrated
as part of an incredible feature."
makes a very brief appearance in the film as Bishop
Joseph Fliessen. Franz Jägerstätter is convinced that
Adolf Hitler is an evil man and he feels compelled not
to swear allegiance to him. He goes to the Bishop to ask
counsel. The Bishop vacillates and tells Franz that the
Bible says one is to love one's country. He advises,
"You have a duty to the fatherland. The church tells you
so." In the bishop’s residence and other locations away
from the bucolic beauty of the village, Malick also
excels in visual realization, bringing the interiors of
ancient churches, sacred artwork, and embellished
medieval edifices of every sort into the story.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire:
"A Hidden Life is a lucid and profoundly defiant
portrait of faith in crisis. It’s an intimate epic about
the immense strength required for resistance, and the
courage that it takes for one to hold fast to their
virtue during a crisis of faith, and in a world that may
never reward them for it... Despite its repetitive and
foraging nature, A Hidden Life flies by, as the
film is helped along by gorgeous scenery, a beautiful
score, and a handful of supporting performances from
actors like Matthias Schoenaerts and Franz Rogowski. The
late Bruno Ganz and Michael Nyqvist respectively make
their final appearances as a Nazi judge and an
anguished, sympathizing member of the Church."
Paul Heath, The Hollywood News:
"There are also fleeting appearances from the likes of
Matthias Schoenaerts and Jürgen Prochnow, as well as the
final on-screen appearances from two of Europe finest
actors of their generation, Bruno Ganz and Michael
Nyqvist. It is, however, Diehl and Pachner who are most
deserved of praise as they really carry the movie in two
The buzz surrounding the film reached
such a fever pitch after its premiere that Fox
Searchlight spent a ton of money just to secure the
distribution rights. According to Deadline, Fox
Searchlight spent a reported $12 million to $14 million.
The Disney-controlled indie/arthouse studio outbid the
likes of Netflix, Paramount, Focus, A24, and others, who
were also reportedly in hot pursuit.
The movie's title (renamed from its
original title of Radegund), comes from a
quote in George Eliot's Middlemarch:
"For the growing good of the
world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and
that things are not so ill with you and me as they
might have been is half owing to the number who
lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in
The film is not a complete biography
of Franz Jägerstätter. You can find a documentary film,
Franz Jägerstätter: A Man of Conscience, directed
by Jesuit Fr. Ron Schmidt and Jason Schmidt that is
excellent. The book on which much of the film is based,
Franz Jägerstätter: Letters and Writings from Prison
is available from Orbis Books. Malick obtained the
rights from Orbis for the film, and passages from these
letters form much of the voiceover narration.
May 5, 2019
Here are some miscellaneous photos.
The first one is from the documentary "Ett Porträtt
- Michael Nyqvist". It shows Michael taking a coffee
break during the 2016 filming of "A Serious Game".
You may remember that this role earned him his second
This photo was also taken on location
during the filming of "Mission Impossible - Ghost
April 18, 2019
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has
announced the lineup of films to be shown next month.
Terrence Malick's A HIDDEN LIFE has been chosen
to be screened in competition! This is Michael's last
film to be released. Perhaps the film will be dedicated
to both Michael and co-star Bruno Ganz, who also passed
away in February of this year.
April 5, 2019
Terrence Malick’s upcoming WWII drama
is officially titled "A HIDDEN LIFE," a source
close to the film has confirmed to IndieWire. The
long-in-the-works film had been previously going by the
title "Radegund." The historical drama stars
August Diehl as Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious
objector to World War II who was guillotined by the
Third Reich in 1943. The supporting cast includes
Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, and the late
actors Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz.
The industry is abuzz that "A Hidden Life" could world
premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, bringing
Malick back to the prestigious event for the first time
since winning the Palme d’Or with "The Tree of Life."
The title change is the latest development in the film’s
slow-moving path to release. Malick fans will find out
if the film makes the Cannes lineup when the festival
announces its 2019 slate on April 18.
April 1, 2019
Today I've posted pages for three of
Michael's short films. The earliest one is very short at
only 4 minutes and is called
NIGHTWALK, written and
directed by Ylva Gustavsson and filmed in 1998.
The second one
in 2000, was part of a project initiated ten years
before by the Göteborg Film Festival and produced and
implemented in collaboration with the Swedish Film
Institute and SVT Göteborg. It was called "90 minuter
90-tal" and was made to chart the gradual changes of
a rolling decade.
Every year a Swedish director made a
new, ten-minute addition to the film on commission. The
idea was to allow five more established directors and
five more unstable young directors to contribute with
each their part, which had some connection with each
other, but in principle ten quite different images of
the 1990s Sweden with the outside world with quite
different form, content and rhythm; some more comical,
absurd adventures, others more serious and quietly
poetic. Starting in 1990, each year, the previously
completed parts - one new per year - were exhibited at
both the Göteborg Film Festival and on Swedish
television, and in 2000 they were presented as a feature
film in their entirety.
The third short film is called
(Classmates) that was made in 2003 and runs
for 26 minutes. Michael stars as a father, who becomes
engaged in an argument with another father whose son has
been accused of being a bully.