Waldemar Bergendahl

Waldemar Bergendahl
Born (1933-04-18)18 April 1933
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Film director, editor, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1957–

Waldemar Bergendahl (18 April 1933) is a Swedish film director, film editor, film producer, cinematographer and screenwriter. Bergendahl is best known as the producer behind the films based on novels by Astrid Lindgren.

Life and career

Bergendahl was born in April 1933 in Årsunda. He grew up on a farm between Årsunda and Gästrike-Hammarby. His parents were farmers with cows, horses, chickens, pigs and many other animals. Bergendahl later went to University in Gävle. Then he moved to Stockholm.[1]

In 1957 Bergendahl lived along with the production manager of Europafilm in an apartment in Stockholm. The production manager told Bergendahl to apply for a job at the film company. One year later, Bergendahl was part of the film crew of Miss April, a film with Gunnar Björnstrand and Gaby Stenberg in the leading roles. At that time he did know anything about film work, so he tried to help wherever he could.[2]

Bergendahl dreamed of becoming an actor, but realized soon that he was not suitable for the job. However, he wanted to continue working in the film industry and therefore decided to work as a producer.[1]

In 1963 Bergendahl produced the film Raven's End. In 1984 he started working with Astrid Lindgren and produced Ronia, the Robber's Daughter. His film My Life as a Dog (1988) was nominated as the best non English film for the British Academy Film Award.

Bergendahl has produced around 120 films. He has worked along with Astrid Lindgren, Tage Danielsson, Bo Widerberg, Lasse Hallström, Helena Bergström and many others.[3] He always selected the employees for his films himself.[4]

In 2010 Bergendahl was honored as a film producer by winning the Hedersguldbaggen.[5]

Private life

Bergendahl lives in Stockholm.[6] He has two younger sisters. In 2008 Bergendahl was diagnosed with Parkinson's.[3]

Filmography (selection)

Year Title Notes
1988 Mimmi TV Series, 4 episodes
1997 Pippi Longstocking TV Series, 1 episode
1999–2000 Eva & Adam TV Series, 16 episodes
2002 Karlsson on the Roof TV Series

Awards & nominations

BAFTA Awards



  1. ^ a b Stefan Andersson. "Årsunda-son legendarisk i film-Sverige".
  2. ^ Lena Wreede. "Waldemar Bergendahl: "I början ville jag hoppa av"".
  3. ^ a b Lena Wreede. "I början ville jag hoppa av".
  4. ^ Marlene Edmunds. "Svensk topper ankles his post. Bergendahl will still produce pix".
  5. ^ Bodil Juggas. "Bergendahl ÄR svensk film".
  6. ^ Lena Wreede. "Filmskapare som gärna lever om sitt liv".

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