In the Emil film-tracks

Bild: visar Astrid Lindgren med "Emil" och Ida"

Astrid Lindgren put Mariannelund on the world map when she had Emil hoist his little sister up the flagpole to see “all the way to Mariannelund” and allowed him to get so stuck in the soup tureen so that a visit to the doctor in Mariannelund became necessary. Then, when the films about Emil were made, the entire community became involved.

When one of the most popular children movies ever – Astrid Lindgren’s Emil i Lönneberga – was recorded in the early 1970s the film team found the perfect farm: Katthult in Gibberyd, a little over 10km from Mariannelund. Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed there as well as shots from the farmhand’s cottage and the barn.

In February 1971 the film crew arrived in Mariannelund and for the next three years, they carried out their work, making three films altogether. The Folk High School at Mariannelund became the film team’s headquarters for the duration. The film editing was done there during the late summer evenings and this was also where the indoor scenes were shot. German and Swedish actors played the major roles, but the residents of Mariannelund also took part, both in front of the camera and behind. They lent props and their houses to members of the film crew. They participated as extras and made their facilities available as desired.

Passing by on Highway 40 in your car, you might see Mariannelund as just another small Swedish village. So, we’re going to ask you to slow down at the welcome signs, turn off the main thoroughfare and let us show you our favourite spots in the Children’s Film Village (Filmbyn Småland), Mariannelund!