Retrospective, Sweden 2010, 101 Min., sw. OV, engl. st

Cornelis Vreeswijk (1937 – 1987) achieved fame in Germany for his duets with Siw Malmkvist, but the Dutch-born singer never aspired to a purely pop music career. The title of his first album, “Balladen und Grobheiten” (“Ballads and Incivility”), was a clue to his intent. His life was as turbulent and non-conformist as his career, never derailed by several stretches behind bars. A former ship’s engineer and factory worker, he trod self-confidently in the footsteps of 18th century Swedish poet Carl Michael Bellman, whose songs Cornelis interpreted as contemporary blues and chansons. He even did a charismatic singer-songwriter adaptation of samba music. Uncompromising, he went head-to-head with state broadcasters and the Swedish tax authorities. He was a very productive troublemaker, and Hans Erik Dyvik Husby (AKA Hank von Hell), former frontman of the Norwegian death punk band Turbonegro, gives him spellbinding life on screen in this bio-pic by rapper and director Amir Chamdin. Cornelis’ son, Jack Vreeswijk, contributed the film music.

Director Amir Chamdin

Screenplay Antonia Pyk

Producer Martina Stöhr

Production Company Chamdin & Stöhr Film, Bondegatan 21, 16633 Stockholm, Mail:, Web:

Festival Contact Swedish Film Institute, Borgvaegen 1-5, 10525 Stockholm, Mail:, Web:

Cast Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby (Cornelis Vreeswijk), Malin Crépin (Ingalill Rehnberg), Helena af Sandeberg (Bim Warne), David Dencik (Fred Åkerström), Johan Glans (Anders Burman), Frida Sjögren (Anita Strandell)


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