Having decided to stay on in the Villa Villekulla and not accompany her father to the South Seas, to the joy of Tommy and Annika, Pippi continues to turn things upside down in her quest for fun. Amongst many things, Pippi leads Annika and Tommy on a bric-a-brac hunt, throws a bizarre birthday party, causes chaos at a carnival, goes camping on a remote island, builds the World’s biggest snowball and celebrates Christmas her own way. Pippi even takes on the Swedish education system single-handedly – guess who wins? With priggish Miss Prysselius – aided by Kling and Klang – still desperate to get the rebellious red-head into a children’s home, and the two scheming rogues Thunder-Karlsson and Blom to sort out, the season of goodwill could prove a testing time for Pippi! —kiddiematinee.com
A born myth-maker and one of Sweden’s most celebrated and accomplished directors of children’s films, Olle Hellbom’s lifelong infatuation with the silver screen began during his own intense childhood.
Born in 1925, by the time he was 20 Hellbom had already travelled all the major cultural powerhouses of inter-war Europe: including months spent studying film in London and a formative visit to the set of David Lean’s haunting 1945 epic Great Expectations.
In the 50´s Hellbom cut his teeth on a series of shorts and commercials, most notably his penetrating, award-winning study of Swedish wood sculptor and folk artist Döderhultaren. It was the 60’s though when Hellbom’s light really began to shine, when, with partner Olle Nordemar, he directed the first version of an Astrid Lindgren story in colour. Although ignored on its initial release as a TV series, when transferred to cinemas in 1960 The Children of Bullerby Village quickly won the hearts of moviegoers all over Sweden… read more