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Original title En underbar jävla jul
Film type Feature
Category Fiction
Average rating 3,1 / 5
Production country
Production company
Classification Allowed from age 7
Swedish release 2015-11-13

Plot summary

A Holy Mess asks the question how tolerant the tolerant Swedes are. A warm comedy about the modern family and their continual struggle to "do things right".



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Production Manager
Project Coordinator
Director of Photography
Production Designer
Film Editor
Production Mixer
Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Script Supervisor
Associate Producer
Executive Producer
Craft service
Location Scout
Production Accountant
Unit Publicist
Post Producer
Camera Operator
First Assistant Cameraman
Second Assistant Cameraman
Still Photographer
Steadicam Operator
Best Boy
Digital Grading
Visual Effects
Digital Imaging Technician (DIT)
Music Coordinator
Musical Arrangement
Music Recording Supervisor
Music Mixer
Costume Designer
Make-up / Hair
Costume Assistant
Make-up Assistant
Assistant Film Editor
Dialogue Editor
Sound Effects Editor
Re-recording Mixer
Graphic Design
Other Crew



Production company Sweetwater Production AB
Copyright Sweetwater Production AB
Co-Production Company Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen även som Film Capital Stockholm i eftertexterna.
AB Svensk Filmindustri
Sveriges Television AB
Nouvago Capital AB
RG Production AB
Succéfilm AB
Supported by Nordisk Film- & TV-fond
Automatic Advance Production Funding Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet
Distributor in Sweden AB Svensk Filmindustri 2015
Post Production Company Chimney
Music recorded at Studio 3
Worldmix Studios & Publishing AB
Graphics Airbrush Digital Studio AB
Caterer Britts Corner
Other Company Europa Sound Production AB ljudbearbetning

Plot summary

A Holy Mess asks the question how tolerant the tolerant Swedes are. A warm comedy about the modern family and their continual struggle to "do things right".

Swedish censorship / rating

Certificate number 203268
Date 2015-10-21
Classification Allowed from age 7
Notes DCP.

Technical specifications

Aspect ratio 2.35:1
Colour type Colour
Length in minutes 108 min

Production location

Stockholm Sweden 2015-03-30 2015-05-06

Release dates

Release in Sweden 2015-11-13 Sweden
Festival showing 2016-02-03 Biopalatset 4 Gothenburg Sweden 109 min 39:e Göteborg International Film Festival, svenska långfilmsåret 2015.
TV showing 2017-12-24 SVT1 Sweden
2017-12-26 SVT1 Sweden
2018-12-22 SVT1 Sweden
2018-12-22 SVT1 Sweden
2018-12-24 SVT24 Sweden
2018-12-25 SVT1 Sweden
2019-12-23 SVT1 Sweden
2019-12-24 SVT24 Sweden
2019-12-25 SVT1 Sweden

Soundtrack listing

Original title Nu tändas tusen juleljus
Composer Emmy Köhler (1939)
Lyrics Emmy Köhler (1939)
Musical Arrangement Mats Bergström
Performed by Mats Bergström

Original title Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Composer Franz Gruber (1818)
Lyrics Joseph Mohr (1818)
Oscar Mannström (svensk text 1915)
Musical Arrangement Mats Bergström
Performed by Mats Bergström

Original title Härlig är jorden
Lyrics Bernhard Severin Ingemann (dansk text 1850 - "Dejlig er Jorden")
Cecilia Bååth-Holmberg (svensk text 1884)
Musical Arrangement Jan Yngwe
Performed by Pro Musica Chamber Choir

Original title Santa Claus is Coming to Town
By J. Fred Coots
Haven Gillespie
Performed by Jackson 5

Original title Get Stupid
By Aston Merrygold
Karen Poole
Sonny J Mason
Performed by Aston Merrygold

Original title Tomtarnas julnatt
Composer Vilhelm Sefve (1898)
Lyrics Alfred Smedberg (1898)
Musical Arrangement Anders Jalkéus
Performed by The Real Group

Original title Military March
Composer Gerhard Trede
Musical Arrangement Harrysson

Original title Jul, jul, strålande jul
Composer Gustaf Nordqvist
Lyrics Edvard Evers
Performed by Uppsala musikklasser

Original title Jingle Bells/One Horse Open Sleigh
Composer James L. Pierpont (1857)
Lyrics James L. Pierpont (engelsk text 1857)
Eric och Gösta = Eric Sandström & Gösta Westerberg (svensk text 1947)
Performed by Smokey Robinson

Original title Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton
Composer Gunnar Svensson
Performed by Arne Domnérus

Original title Tänd ett ljus
By Niklas Strömstedt
Lasse Lindbom
Performed by Linnea Olsson

Original title Gläns över sjö och strand
Composer Alice Tegnér (1893)
Lyrics Viktor Rydberg (1891)
Musical Arrangement Martin Hederos
Performed by Uppsala musikklasser


Nominated for the Audience Award Stockholm 2016
Nominated for the Guldbagge Award Stockholm 2016 Best Set Design Matilda Afzelius
Stockholm 2016 Best Costume Camilla Thulin
Festival Award Fort Lauderdale 2016 (Special Jury Award for Ensemble, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA)

Holdings Film

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Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge DCP

Element type Digitalt arkivmaterial
Gauge MAP

Holdings Posters

Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100

Holdings Scripts

Script type Inspelningsmanus
Script title Härlig är jorden (arbetstitel). Manus: Edward af Sillén, Daniel Réhn och Helena Bergström. Regi: Helena Bergström.
Extent 102 s.
Language Swedish

Script type Inspelningsmanus
Script title En underbar jävla jul - Version 6. 1 juni, 2014.
Extent 108 s.
Language Swedish

Holdings Promotion materials

Type Program/Promotion material
Language Swedish

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