Year Joined: 2009
Membership: Regular Member

City: Goteborg
Country: Sweden


Swedish director William Olsson made his feature film debut in United States with the coming-of-age drama An American Affair (2009), starring Gretchen Mol, Cameron Bright and Noah Wyle. The Washington Post described its take on “the flight from childhood, the surrender to adulthood and the pieces of us that survive” as “fresh, earthy and open”.

His most recent film, the Swedish feature Förtroligheten (Reliance), based on a screenplay by Angus Maclachlan (Junebug, Stone) opened theatrically in Scandinavia in 2013. The film won the special jury prize, as well as the awards for best screenplay and best cinematography, at the Shanghai Film Festival last year.

William Olsson holds an MFA in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA in comparative literature from Stockholm University. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

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  • Corporate
  • Entertainment


Company: Astrakan Films
Phone: 1 310 260 9100
Email: [email protected]

Company Overview

In the Swedish classic by Vilhelm Moberg, The Emigrants, the main character Kristina brings a seed from a beloved apple tree in her parents’ garden and plants it at her new home in nineteenth-century America.  As the tree grows it rekindles a deep longing for her native land, but the seeds so carefully sown and nurtured in the welcoming soil of her adopted country eventually bear fruit, making perfect a tangible union between the old and the new.

Named for both this particular type of apple and the tree from which it issues, Astrakan Films embodies the synergies borne of established Swedish roots and emerging American dreams. The Company, based in Los Angeles, is actively helmed by William Sten Olsson.

Astrakan Films develops and produces modestly-budgeted but ambitious and innovative feature films aimed at an underserved audience. Projects are carefully selected on the basis of artistic merit and commercial viability to appeal to those moviegoers looking for something a little more engaging than typical big-studio fare. The company’s most recent release, An American Affair, opened in select theaters on February 27th 2009 and is now widely available on DVD and VOD through Amazon, iTunes, Netflix and others.