Johan was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He earned a Bachelors degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at USC in Los Angeles and began directing commercials and music videos soon after graduation. Johan’s work has been featured in SHOTS, shortlisted in Cannes and won numerous awards.
His short film PASSING HEARTS (En del av mitt hjärta), which Johan wrote and directed was honored with several prestigious awards at film festivals over the world, including the audience award in Berlin. Johan made his debut as a feature film writer and director with the poignant drama SUDDENLY (Underbara älskade). The film, which was both critically and commercially successful, won the Peoples Choice Award at Swedish Guldbagge Awards.
Following up on the box-office and critically acclaimed hit, Johan wrote and directed AMONG US (Änglavakt) – an emotionally gripping story about faith, hope and love – starring Michael Nyqvist (Girl with the dragon tattoo), Izabella Scorupco (Goldeneye), and French star Tchéky Karyo (The Missing).
His third feature I LOVE YOU – A COMEDY OF DIVORCE (Jag Älskar Dig – En skilsmässokomedi) is a bittersweet, modern take of the classical “comedy of remarriage” sub-genre.
In 2018 Johan was hired to direct episodes of the new thriller series MOSCOW NOIR will premiered exclusively on the Scandinavian streaming platform C More.
Johan lives in Stockholm, is married and has two children and plays a decent game of tennis.
(photo courtesy of Mattias Edwall)