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Section: Days of Swedish Cinema

Tjorven, Båtsman and Moses (1964) 8

Sweden | 1964 | 89 min.

Vesterman has found a young seal in his fishing nets in the outskirts of the archipelago. When he comes back to the Saltkråkan island, he gives the seal to Tjorven, who names it Moses. Peter Malm, a visitor who works at the Zoological Institute in Uppsala, wants to buy the seal, but Tjorven says it's not for sale. Vesterman is in need of money and tries to get the seal back, to sell it to Peter. The children have to hide the seal, so he won't find it. Pelle's rabbit Jocke and one of Söderman's lambs are found bitten to death. The dog Båtsman is accused of those evil deeds and must be put down. What is to be the fate of Moses and Båtsman.

Duration89 min
Directed by Olle Hellbom
Screenplay Astrid Lindgren
Director of Photography Kalle Bergholm
Music Ulf Björlin
Edited by Bengt Schöldström
Contact The Swedish Film Institute


A director, producer and screenwriter, he began in advertising and TV. He was famous in particular for films and TV series based on books by Astrid Lindgren, e.g. The Children of Bullerbyn Village (Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn, 1970), Emil of Lönneberga (Emil i Lönneberga, 1971), a series of films about Pippi Longstocking (1969-1970) and The Brothers Lionheart (Bröderna Lejonhjärta, 1977).

Action + Adventure, Literature, Family, Friendship, Positive Choices, Teamwork, Tradition, Relationships