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People in Film | Tomas Alfredson
Posted October 14, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Tomas Alfredson"
From absurdist comedy to social commentary musicals, from teen horror to scintillating spy dramas, Tomas Alfredson is a director who truly defies limitations of genre.
Tomas Alfredson | TV, Film, & Stage
Karl Linnertorp, Robert Gustafsson, and Maria Kulle in FOUR SHADES OF BROWN
Tomas Alfredson began his directing career on the small screen in the early 1990s, and parlayed his work on the Swedish hit teen show Bert into a gig directing a movie spin-off, BERT: THE LAST VIRGIN (for which he received a Best Director nomination from the Swedish Film Institute). He later fell in with the absurdist comedic troupe Killinggänget (whose work, like Hasse Alfredson's, mixes the farcical with the tragic), directing a slew of their TV movies, beginning with SCREWED IN TALLIN in 1999. And it was with Killinggänget that he had his first major success as a director: the group's surprisingly serious and profound multi-strand narrative about the dark side of Swedish life, the three-hour FOUR SHADES OF BROWN, became a significant critical hit, winning in four major categories at the Swedish Film Institute Guldbagge Awards in 2004, including Best Director for Alfredson. In addition, Alfredson continues to direct stage plays. Soon after the success of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, Alfredson mounted the musical My Fair Lady, explaining to Bright Lights, “I wanted to do that play because Sweden has been for so long a socially equal country, and now it's going back to being a class-based society.”