Does anyone know great Swedish music/movies?
I'm actually learning swedish for about a month now, and I'm wondering if there's any great swedish bands or movies that some people would know?
The aim is basically to practice a language with something you're getting used to hear, like I did with english (and I'm not the only one in that case).
For now I only know the Millenium series, but I guess that's a good start.
Kopps is great fun, about a community of bored police who try to liven things up by, uh, creating work for themselves.
The director, Josef Fares, is pretty great. I remember I liked another movie of his, Jalla! Jalla!, but I don't remember too much about it.
Also, it's rare but if you can find one of the Morgonsoffan dvds then buy it right up. It's hilarious, imo, and worth the kronor. (One of the actors, Björn Gustafsson, has a lot of random and fun videos up online, too.)
Also, you can watch most of SVT's local programs with no problems. Vem Vet Mest is one of my favorites, and really great for practicing. It's a trivia show where the questions are written out in text and easy to read along with. Many SVT programs have text available, anyway, though, so click those links when you find them.
I downloaded the SVT-App some days ago to practice my listening skills, but I can't see many shows/movies, because they can't be displayed abroad... "Vem Vet Mest" sounds like our "Wer wird Millionär", but in the second one you can win 1 Million Euros.^^
I agree SVT app is great fun. I watched all of Melodifestivalen 2015 on it and now I am watching Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Go Mans Zelmerlow! Heroes!
I didn't get the SVT app yet, I just tried their website and it's working well! (And congrats Måns Zelmerlow, but Belgim did a great job too)
Music: Kent, Dungen, Jan Johanson (Jazz på Svenska) --- I can refer some more if you tip me off on what genre of music you would be most interested in. Of course, the Swedish metal scene is quite extensive as well, but it might be a bit difficult to understand the screaming.... Movies/TV: I like watching children's programming in Swedish because the speech is clear and basic...So perhaps Pelle Svanslös (film), Mumin (TV serier), Bamse (TV serier) would be a good place to start. Solsidan (TV -- not for kids) is also fantastic. It's a comedy show making fun of upper-middle class Stockholmers. And Hundraåringen, as Hohenems suggested, is marvelous -- both the book and the movie (the book is available is lättläst too). If you're interested in some light reading, I suggest short stories from Novellix! They are available as ebooks and are pretty cheap - there are some corresponding audiobooks on spotify too.
P.S. I also found watching the Swedish versions of familiar kids programming helpful (i.e. Disney, Harry Potter, Spongebob, etc).
I heard about Kent, I just listened to some songs on Spotify, it honestly sounds kind of old-ish pop to me, I just discovered Veronica Maggio and it's not that bad! I answered to Lisa790 about a few things I listen to but I'm also aware to metal scene (as long as it's comprehensible, concerning the swedish I mean), I like bands such as Deftones or Rammstein too. Thanks for the books and tv/film references as well!
I enjoy movies like Gone Girl, Her, The King's Speech, Pulp Fiction, well it's quite evasive but if it can helps! Concerning music I'm listening a lot of Sufjan Stevens at the moment, I like Sigur Ros as well, or Radiohead.
If you like Radiohead you might enjoy the early Kent albums. I also like Sofia Karlsson, who is a modern folk singer/songwriter. For movies, I enjoyed Easy Money (there's also two sequels, which I haven't seen). I really like the period drama, Everlasting Memories. If you like surreal, funny films you could try You, The Living.
+1 for mentioning Sofia Karlsson. Svarta Ballader is a really good album set to Dan Andersson poetry. He was a very notable Swedish poet from what I know.
Before I started learning Swedish I listened to år&dar and I watched torka aldrig tårar utan handskar with Eng subs but år&dar haven't released many songs and tatuh may be not to your taste (I cried a LOT on the last episode). Låt den rätte komma in was tolerable.
I'm a bit out of touch with Swedish culture these days, but there are some Swedish directors who have won international acclaim, such as Roy Andersson, Lukas Moodysson and Lasse Hallström. Going back a bit further in time there are Jan Troell, Bo Widerberg and of course Ingmar Bergman. That may be a good place to start.
For something quintessentially Swedish, you could have a look at the output of Tage Danielsson and Hans Alfredsson. They made a string of films in the 60s, 70s and 80s, often combining humanist comedic drama with elements of surrealism, folklore and political criticism. Films like Ägget är löst, Mannen som slutade röka or Picassos äventyr.
The films made from Astrid Lindgren's books still have a central position in Swedish culture, the most famous ones being Ronja Rövardotter, Pippi Långstrump, Bröderna Lejonhjärta and Emil i Lönneberga. They're films for children, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend at least Ronja Rövardotter to adults as well - in my opinion the best Swedish film ever made.
Another possible angle is to watch foreign films with Swedish subtitles. We don't dub things that aren't for young children here, so you'll be able to find almost anything you wish with subtitles.
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In music, I second the idea of Sofia Karlsson. I also really like Hazelius Hedin -- lots of good acoustic instruments, including lots of nyckelharpa, which is a traditional Swedish instrument (literally "keyed fiddle"). Those guys are from Skåne though, so I'm not sure about the accent in their lyrics.
Movies: Bergman. Ingmar Bergman all day. If you like carefully made old movies that make you think. Although I will need to find other great Swedish films from those eras.
You might like checking out the Swedish Wallander series of police/crime dramas. Not all the best, but several episodes are quite good.
To revive this thread a bit I just watched Pelle Svanslös on youtube (full movie is on there with subtitles). It was really cute and easy to understand. I'm barely beginning my Swedish journey but I would highly recommend this cartoon.