MIKAEL HAFSTROM (Director) is an acclaimed director capable of great work in multiple
genres. Most recently he directed Anthony Hopkins in the 2011 horror film The Rite, which
revolved around an American seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) who travels to Italy and
enrolls in an exorcism school. Hafstrom previously directed John Cusack, Ken Watanabe and
Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the period feature Shanghai; Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the thriller
1408; and Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in the suspenser Derailed.
Hafstrom's previous writing and directing credits in his native Sweden include the
gripping coming of age drama Evil, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 for
Best Foreign Language Film, the thriller Drowning Ghost and the drama Days Like This, which
won Sweden's Guldbagge Award for Best Screenplay. His films have been invited to festivals
around the world and at home Hafstrom has received multiple Guldbagge nominations, with Evil
winning for Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
Hafstrom began his career in the late 1980s as an assistant director on Swedish
television movies. He eventually began writing and directing for television before helming the
action-thriller Vendetta, his first feature film. His writing credits include the action-comedy
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