The film guide to Stockholm

"Film has dreams, film has music. No form of art transcends ordinary consciousness the way film does, delving straight into our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”

Ingmar Bergman

Filmstaden Råsunda

When inaugurated in 1920, Råsunda Filmstaden was the world’s most modern movie factory. It had workshops, dressing rooms, office space, a film laboratory, film storage, a directors’ pavilion, a restaurant – and most importantly – two large film studios. This is where legendary director Ingmar Bergman used to work, and where actresses Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo made their debut.

Even though movies are no longer made here, the walls are still steeped in cinematic history. 

In total, 30 of Ingmar Bergman’s movies were filmed here, including his award-winning movie debut “Torment” (1944). You can still see the grove behind Backstugan where Monika ran with the stolen roast in “Summer With Monika”, and the site of the witch burning in “The Seventh Seal”. Today, Filmstaden is a fun destination for film buffs and movie-lovers. Guided tours, audio guides and a café await visitors.

Greta Garbo´s debut movie, “The Saga of Gosta Berling” (1924), was filmed at several locations around the Stockholm area, including at Filmstaden. The movie was a hit in Germany and led to Hollywood contracts for both director Mauritz Stiller and Greta Garbo. Many actors did not successfully transition to sound films, but with her sensual voice and intriguing accent, she gained even more popularity.

Stieg Larsson and Millennium

Ingmar Bergman

Greta Garbo

Five hidden gems

Stockholm International Film Festival

Ingrid Bergman

Film meets music

Summer Cinema