Emil is back!

© Bildmakarna Berg

© Björn Berg/ Bildmakarna Berg

Many of you know that Astrid Lindgren’s mischievous little character Emil turns fifty this year. The first book about Emil was published in 1963, and so far the books about Emil and his family in the Småland countryside at the beginning of the 20th Century have sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into 52 languages. Several films about Emil were produced during the 1970s.

And now it´s time for a new generation of children to meet Emil on screen. Right now an animated family film is being produced by Filmlance and PennFilms. “Emil and Ida in Lönneberga” (the Swedish title, our translation), directed by Per Åhlin, will have its Swedish premiere during Christmas 2013.

Emil is the character that Astrid felt the greatest affinity with. But Emil also has things in common with Astrid’s dad, Samuel August and her brother Gunnar. More about Emil here.

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