Lasse Hallstrom (Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström) is a Swedish director and screenwriter. He shot to fame by directing musical videos for Swedish musical group “ABBA”. Later, he became an independent director in feature films and shot to fame by getting a twice nomination in Academy Awards for his classic direction in movies like ‘'My Life As A Dog' (1985) and 'The Cider House Rules’ (1999).
Although the film 'My Life as a Dog' could not take home any Academy Award, it did manage to win the Golden Globe Award for the Best Foreign Language Film, in the year 1988. While the other ‘The Cider House Rules’ took home two awards for best actor and best screenplay writer at Academy Award and proudly entered additional five nominations in Oscar.
His first Swedish directorial debut was for a TV show titled ‘Pappas Pojkar' and his first directorial debut for an American film was 'Once Around' (1991). This film got mixed reactions. His major success in American cinema was in a movie named ‘'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'(1993) which won the first nomination for Oscar for actor Leonardo DiCaprio who played a supporting role along with leading heroes like Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis.
Later on in his following years, the director received widespread appreciation for all his work. In the year 1999, Lars Hallstrom directed a classic American film titled ‘The Cider House Rules’ where his screen adaptation of a novel was very true to its concept. As the film swept many nominations in Academy Award, the film was honored with American Film Insitute nominations as the best film in its 100 years. This film won two Oscar Award for best supporting actor category and best screenplay and won five other additional nominations in different categories.
In the next year (2000), his another remarkable movie 'Chocolat' won director Lasse Hallström critical acclaim and it even kept the cash registers ringing at the box office. The film starred
, and it was selected for nomination in five different categories for Oscar. The director is well known for his extensive knowledge of film adaptation of a novel as the basis for a feature film. From the earliest days of cinema, the adaptation of the novel has been his ubiquitous practice of filmmaking.
Thus, in the year 2001, 'The Shipping News' movie was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Shipping News" novel by Annie Proulx. The film won for him the Golden Bear Award, presented at the Berlin Film Festival. In the year 2011, Lasse Hallström directed another movie ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ based on the same novel written by Paul Torday and this movie won the film Golden Globe Award for many categories.
His upcoming movie 'A Dog's Purpose' is likely to release in 2017 which is again an adapation of a novel wriiten by W. Bruce Cameron. Hallstrom was born on June 2, 1946, in Sweden. He was married to actress Malou Hallström in 1974 and had a divorce in 1981. Later he married actress Lena Olin on 18 March 1994.