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THE KING

A story about Carl XVI Gustaf who became the world’s youngest king. The father dies when the crown prince is only nine months old and he grows up with an obligation from which he cannot escape. In the course of two years, the director Karin af Klintberg gets to interview him. The film consists of their meetings, intermixed with scenes from the spectacle that surrounds him. A modern and poetic film about the king in which he is placed in settings we rarely otherwise see him.

From documentary director Karin af Klintberg comes our new documentary feature, THE KING. Her previous films includes the multi-award winning “Ebbe the movie” (2009). When asked about her motivation for making THE KING, Karin af Klinteberg said: “The first time I met the Swedish king was in Bombay in India. I was there to produce a television show. He was there on a state visit. I remember thinking that he seemed to be – not quite there. Somehow shut down. I was wondering if he felt imprisoned. Since that day, I have been curious to learn more about this man and it took me two years and roughly two thousand emails to get access. All I want is to get to know this man and understand his world. I want to make a modern film, about a not very modern occupation.”

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THE KING

Title THE KING

Original title Kungen

Director Karin af Klintberg

Country Sweden

Production year 2022

Status Production

Original language Swedish

Cast King Carl XVI Gustaf, Karin af Klintberg

Producer Stina Gardell, Petra Måhl

Production company Nexiko

Broadcaster/platform SVT

Release 2023 Feb, 21

Duration Approx. 100 min.

A story about Carl XVI Gustaf who became the world’s youngest king. The father dies when the crown prince is only nine months old and he grows up with an obligation from which he cannot escape. In the course of two years, the director Karin af Klintberg gets to interview him. The film consists of their meetings, intermixed with scenes from the spectacle that surrounds him. A modern and poetic film about the king in which he is placed in settings we rarely otherwise see him. From documentary director Karin af Klintberg comes our new documentary feature, THE KING. Her previous films includes the multi-award winning “Ebbe the movie” (2009). When asked about her motivation for making THE KING, Karin af Klinteberg said: “The first time I met the Swedish king was in Bombay in India. I was there to produce a television show. He was there on a state visit. I remember thinking that he seemed to be – not quite there. Somehow shut down. I was wondering if he felt imprisoned. Since that day, I have been curious to learn more about this man and it took me two years and roughly two thousand emails to get access. All I want is to get to know this man and understand his world. I want to make a modern film, about a not very modern occupation.” A story about Carl XVI Gustaf who became the world’s youngest king. The father dies when the crown prince is only nine months old and he grows up with an obligation from which he cannot escape. In the course of two years, the director Karin af Klintberg gets to interview him. The film consists of their meetings, intermixed with scenes from the spectacle that surrounds him. A modern and poetic film about the king in which he is placed in settings we rarely otherwise see him. From documentary director Karin af Klintberg comes our new documentary feature, THE KING. Her previous films includes the multi-award winning “Ebbe the movie” (2009). When asked about her motivation for making THE KING, Karin af Klinteberg said: “The first time I met the Swedish king was in Bombay in India. I was there to produce a television show. He was there on a state visit. I remember thinking that he seemed to be – not quite there. Somehow shut down. I was wondering if he felt imprisoned. Since that day, I have been curious to learn more about this man and it took me two years and roughly two thousand emails to get access. All I want is to get to know this man and understand his world. I want to make a modern film, about a not very modern occupation.”


Title THE KING

Original title Kungen

Director Karin af Klintberg

Country Sweden

Production year 2022

Status Production

Original language Swedish

Cast King Carl XVI Gustaf, Karin af Klintberg

Producer Stina Gardell, Petra Måhl

Production company Nexiko

Broadcaster/platform SVT

Release Q1 2023

Duration Approx. 100 min.

Genre Documentary






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