January 17, 2021
I recently came across some new
photos taken when Michael was in Rome in
September 2009 for the premiere of "The Girl Who
Played with Fire". The first set was taken during a
photo shoot on September 18th and the second set was
taken by the Italian paparazzi when they caught sight of
him two days later. You'll note his wife Catharina is
with him in the last photo.
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Over the holidays Swedish
journalist and television moderator Kattis
Ahlström did a podcast and shared an
unforgettable evening with Michael back in 2005.
They were both at the TV gala Kristallen (Crystal),
which is equivalent to our Emmy Awards. This first
award ceremony was held on September 13, 2005.
Kattis had won the award for Presenter of the Year
and the movie, "Om Stig Petrés Hemlighet", in which
Michael played the lead role, won Best Drama.
Celebrating later, the couple danced and Michael
ended up trampling her little toe. As the dance
continued, the fine glass crystal she had won
slipped out of her hand and broke a little. She
reported, "I only see it as a little added value
because I always think of Micke Nyqvist when I see
it and you never want to forget him."
November 21, 2020
It appears that Swedish
distributors of the
HUNTER KILLER DVD have given Michael top
billing. Previously, co-star Gary Oldman was on the
cover with Gerard Butler.
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November 16, 2020
On the occasion of Michael's
birthday, November 8th, the ceremony for the
presentation of the Michael Nyqvist Foundation Award
took place at the Confidencen, a theater in Stockholm.
The event was hosted by actresses Ingela Olsson and
Pernilla August, both board members. This year the
Foundation recognized actress Trine Dyrholm, who was
telecast from Denmark where she received her very
Obviously, the Swedes are into ugly awards - have you
ever seen the Guldbagge?
You may remember this awesome actress
forsvinder" (You Disappear), one of Michael's
last films. I have seen her in several other films and
she's definitely Denmark's Meryl Streep! In her
acceptance speech, Trine mentioned the
great joy she had in working with Michael and how they
laughed so much that sometimes they had difficulty
making it through a scene. She called Michael an amazing
actor with a wonderful sense of humor. She said he saw
other people and he let other people see him and that he
shared from a place deep within him.
film clips were shown of Trine's work and you would
think they would have included "Du forsvinder" but that
was unforgivably omitted for whatever reason.
ceremony also included two pianists whose selections
were absolutely uninspiring, if not irritating
especially when there is so much beautiful music to
choose from. There was also a strange video with no
dialogue of a very young Michael doing some cornball
skit with another actor. It seemed rather weird and an
in celebrating a man of such immense artistry and
November 3, 2020
A new photo of Michael has surfaced
on the Internet. It shows him with actor Alexander
Skarsgård and Cecilia Frode after a lecture at
Drömfabriken in Stockholm back in 2004. The photographer
is Nicklas Sandahl Fransson.
There has been no announcement yet
from the Michael Nyqvist Foundation as to who the 2020
recipient will be of their annual award. The foundation
recognizes an artist in the acting community each year
with a ceremony that takes place in Sweden on Michael's
birthday, the 8th of November. Perhaps because of the
pandemic, no plans have been made for the event.
May 26, 2020
I'm adding some new photos from March
15, 2015 when Michael was in Munich promoting his TV
series "100 Code". In the first photo he's posing
with Andrea Vodermayer and, in the rest of that row, he's with
German actress Lara Joy Körner.
May 2, 2020
It was twenty years ago when the
comedy TILLSAMMANS (TOGETHER)
made its debut in Sweden and in the April 27th edition
of the NY Times, journalist Josha Rothkopf writes an
article called "Films to Heal a Broken Moment" - These
characters find reasons to carry on in the face of
hardship or crisis - examples that can help in our own
Rothkopf writes, "As endings go, the
one invented by the Swedish director Lukas Moodysson for
his gentle, unassuming comedy 'Together' is just about
perfect. It’s not a spoiler to share it: Already, the
members of a 1975 commune have squabbled over everything
from eating meat to owning a TV and the need for wearing
underwear in the kitchen. Their children, often the most
mature people in the room, look on, mortified. One
morning after the worst of the infighting has ended,
everybody heads outside for a sloppy, impromptu soccer
match under a light snowfall — adults and kids, women
and men, socialists and materialists. In the chaos of
the game, all is forgiven."
if this scene weren’t sweet enough, Moodysson adds a
little ABBA, the period-specific hit 'SOS,' using its
minor-key piano riff and lyrics as a counterpoint to the
euphoria: 'Where are those happy days? They seem so hard
to find.' Neither Moodysson nor his producers could
predict how this climax would play for audiences during
the film’s American release — 10 days after Sept. 11.
Arriving in theaters during that terrible moment,
'Together' felt like a gift, a reminder of something
"Thinking about Moodysson’s 'Together' made me yearn for
tales of resilience, for characters who have been where
we are — or somewhere similar — and made their way
through a crisis, not only surviving it but arriving at
a kind of grace."
April 26, 2020
I located a few more publicity photos
for the 2008 Royal Dramatic Theatre production of "Gustav
III". Some are very similar but have different
Pictured with Michael is Elin Klinga & Torkel Petersson.
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Here's an awesome piece of digital
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In the April 17th issue of
Sweden's Aftonbladet, there was an interview with
33-year-old Anastasios Soulis, who starred as
Michael's son in both "Hem ljuva hem" and "Underbara
In the first film in 2001, he
plays the object of an abusive father. "Stasse"
recalls, "He (Michael) was really mean in the movie.
No matter how nice he was before we filmed, he had
such an intensity in the scenes. When we had the
gala premiere, Michael went up to my parents and
said, 'Sorry, what you see is fake. It's not real."
The two reunited in 2006 for
another family drama in which they play the mourning
father and son after a car accident. Stasse says, "I
thought my calling was to become a sports
journalist, but that film cemented my desire to
invest in acting."
Stasse laments, "Shit, how I miss
Micke!" Yes, we all miss him!
March 1, 2020
It has come to my attention that
Michael had an uncredited appearance in a 2015 Swedish
comedy called "I nöd eller lust" (aka "For Better
and Worse"), directed by Kjell Sundvall. Here are some
screen shots from the film, which was released on March
February 26, 2020
On March 3, Michael's last film to be
released - A HIDDEN LIFE
- will be available at Amazon via streaming. Here's
a movie still of Michael as Bishop Joseph Fliessen. He
looks so pious.
I enjoyed reading this snippet from a film review by
Siddhant Adlakha of IGN.com:
It’s sadly fitting that two great
actors in the film, Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz,
passed before its release, but their presence makes
the story feel all the more like a plea from a
bygone era. Nyqvist plays a bishop to whom Franz
appeals, but his own fears of being outed as an
objector prevent him from helping; Franz’s fate can,
in theory, be traced to the bishop’s actions, or
lack thereof. Meanwhile Ganz, who fittingly played
Hitler in Downfall, plays a Nazi judge who
sentences Franz. Both characters are participants in
an evil machine (passively, and actively), but
Malick's interest lies not in their actions as
they're perceived in the present, but in how history
might judge them — and has.
Both men fear judgment — Ganz’s character,
recognizing Franz's spirit, asks him: "Do you judge
me? — but neither is willing to act on whatever
morality, whatever regrets, whatever rebellious
spirit might lie beneath their masks. Their faces
are rankled by guilt. Nyqvist's bishop simply walks
towards a window to avoid Franz's gaze. Ganz's judge
sits down and stares at his aged hands, accepting
the weight of his actions and his place in history.
Their judgment is worse than Franz's, or even God's;
they're left to judge themselves.
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I recently came across the
following three portraits by Jesper Brandt.
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.