Filmmaker Vilgot Sjöman is dead

The Swedish writer and film director Vilgot Sjöman has died at the age of 81. The news of his death were confirmed by the Swedish Committee for Artistic and Literary Professionals (KLYS), which had been in contact with Sjöman's wife.

Sjöman debuted as a writer in 1948 with the novel Lektorn (The Lecturer). As well as fiction, Sjöman also wrote about film and his work in the film industry in books such as In Hollywood and L 136 – Diary with Ingmar Bergman, an account of a film shoot.

As a film maker Sjöman often broke established norms. Films such as 491 (1964) and I am curious – yellow (Jag är nyfiken – Gul), with their provocative political and sexual content, sparked debate not just in Sweden but also abroad.

Up until his death, Sjöman was involved in lawsuit against TV4.

Together with director Claes Eriksson, Sjöman claimed that TV4 infringed filmmakers’ moral rights by sticking commercial breaks in their films. Stockholm district court found in favour of Sjöman and Eriksson, but TV4 appealed. A decision from the Court of Appeal is expected soon.

Vilgot Sjöman was born on December 2nd 1924. He died early on Sunday at St Göran’s hospital in Stockholm of a brain haemorrhage.

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