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Based on the novels by Maria Gripe, famous Swedish children’s author and winner of the H.C. Andersen Literature Award, the film has won the Swedish film award Guldbagge for Best Director and Film, as well as the Silver Shell for Best First Work at San Sebastián. It follows a reticent little girl called Josephine, who moves with her mother and pastor father to the countryside. She is pretty lonely there until she meets Hugo, a free-spirited and extremely well-mannered boy. Hugo shakes hands with everyone, cuts his grandfather’s hair and rides an antique bicycle with a huge front wheel. Under the watchful eye of a good-natured local gardener, the duo spends a glorious summer in mischief and adventurous explorations.
Director and screenwriter. Hugo and Josephine is his feature debut. Some of his most successful works include Hip Hip Hurrah! (1987) and Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990).