“I sat in constant excitement for an hour and a half yesterday” wrote Allan Berg Nielsen in his review on filmkommentaren.dk 29 August 2020, After watching Erlend E Mos’ film The Journey to Utopia. “Skinless, tearing, incredibly fun and exciting at the same time” writes Jakob Steen Olsen in Berlingske. The film is now on a cinema tour in Denmark and gets a lot of attention and many good reviews. The music for the film is composed by Magnus Jarlbo and Sebastian Öberg. Watch trailer
Letters to a serial killer (Brev till en seriemördare)
One of the highest attended Swedish films of 2017 has been Manal Masris’ documentary Letter to a serial killer. The film has been praised by both audiences and reviewers and in 2018 it was nominated for a Guldbagge (Sweden’s equivalent to the Oscars) in the best documentary class. “Magnus Jarlbo’s music always hits the right feeling” wrote Annika Gustafsson in her review in Sydsvenska Dagbladet March 24, 2017. “Intimate and essential” wrote the Gothenburg Post, “Heartbreaking” wrote the Svenska Dagbladet.
De Ensamma (2017) is a film by Osmond Karim, with music by Magnus Jarlbo, about the large group of children adopted in the 1970s from countries such as South Korea, Ethiopia, Colombia and India who are now adults and who describe what it is like to be adopted. Sweden, which in many ways was regarded as a safe country for adoptees, may not be so safe after all.
On New Year’s Day in 2014, the first season of the Danish TV series The Legacy (Arvingerne) premiered at DR1. Magnus Jarlbo, together with Sebastian Öberg (former member of “Fleshquartet”) wrote the music. The Legacy was a huge success, and the Danish critics competed with each other in praising the series. Regarding the Swedish premiere of the The Legacy on SVT 1, Johan Croneman wrote in his review in DN: “Magnus Jarlbo and Sebastian Öberg have created a beautiful soundtrack.” The series has been sold to many countries, and is screened all over the world, including the Benelux countries, Australia, USA and the United Kingdom, where it was shown by the BBC. In 2014, The Legacy received award for best drama series and best manuscript at the FIPA Festival – Festival International de Program Audiovisual in Biarritz. Listen on Spotify Watch trailer
On April 7, 2016, Lisa Ohlin’s feature film Walk with me had its Danish premiere. It received a warm critical response. The film is about the encounter between a wounded Danish UN soldier and a dancer from the Royal Danish Ballet. It is based, in part, on real events. The film has been sold to several countries outside the Nordic region, such as France, Slovenia, Croatia, Brazil and China. Sebastian Öberg and Magnus Jarlbo created the soundtrack. Watch movie clips
The TV series Cirkus Imago, with Morgan Alling, Anna Lagerkvist, Harald Leander and Dag Andersson in the supporting roles, has pleased Swedish television viewers for two seasons. The first season had its premiere in 2009 on Svt, Barnkanalen. The second season appeared two years later. In 2015, One in a Million, a feature film based on the series had its premiere in 2016.
Nur Tutal and Iván Blancos Documentary Transphobia is the story of Rashan, a transsexual Kurd who lives as a woman in a Muslim country, Turkey, where this is considered the worst sin. She is also herself a Muslim. Magnus Jarlbo wrote the music for the film. Transphobia was nominated for the Tempo Documentary Award in 2015 and Best New Nordic Voice Award, Nordic Panorama 2015.
Raskortet, a Swedish documentary from 2014 by Osmond Karim and Malin Holmberg-Karim, is about what it is like to be black in Sweden. The music is written by Magnus Jarlbo. “Thank you, thanks, thanks for making this movie !! The race card hits me right in the heart. “Jason Diakite’s, alias Timbuktu, commentary on the film.
The Hidden Child (Tyskungen), is a Swedish thriller, with music by, amongst others, Magnus Jarlbo. The film was directed by Per Hanefjord. The film had an international premiere on September 25, 2013 at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and has attracted a large audience both in Sweden and abroad.
Magnus Jarlbo wrote the music to Ballroom Dancer, a documentary by Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed, about the dancer Slavik Kryklyvyy and his struggle to reclaim the World Championship title in Latin Dance. The film was chosen to open the documentary film festival CPH: DOX in Copenhagen 2011. It was voted Best Nordic Documentary Film in 2012 at the Nordic Panorama Film Festival in Oulo, Finland. In addition Ballroom Dancer was honored with a special jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York 2012.