A Summer Tale

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Den bästa sommaren
Directed by Ulf Malmros
Produced by Lars Jönsson
Written byUlf Malmros
Lars Johansson
Music by Dan Sundquist
Henrik Medquist
CinematographyMats Olofsson
Edited byFredrik Abrahamsen, Michal Leszczylowski
Distributed by Film i Väst
Sonet Film
Sandrew Metronome
Release date
  • 8 March 2000 (2000-03-08)
Running time
91 minutes
Country Sweden, Denmark

A Summer Tale is a 2000 Swedish-Danish comedy-drama. Its original Swedish title is Den bästa sommaren, which means "The Best Summer". Written and directed by Ulf Malmros, the film stars Kjell Bergqvist, Rebecca Scheja, Cecilia Nilsson, and Brasse Brännström, and was produced by Zentropa and Memfis Film.

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