Focus on the Swedish Film Institute

A conversation with Magnus Rosborn

Long-time attendees of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival should be familiar with the work of the Swedish Film Institute (SFI), which has been providing a feature film for each edition of the Festival since 2010. If you've enjoyed The Blizzard, The Outlaw and His Wife, or The Girl in Tails, then you have the SFI to thank.

This year we'll be presenting Alf Sjöberg and Axel Lindblom's
The Strongest at noon on Saturday, June 4. To commemorate the occasion, our guest-blogger Kyle Westphal interviewed Magnus Rosborn, film archivist at the SFI. Both are graduates of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. Their conversation has been slightly edited for clarity and length.

KW: What made you want to become a film archivist, and how did you go about it? What does your job at SFI entail on a daily basis?

MR: My interest for the film history started around the age of 20 when I began to visit the Cinematheque screenings in my home city, Malmö. I realized that I had to change my plans for the future and started to study film at the University of Lund. After one year I continued to the University of Copenhagen, where I took a special course focusing on film history from a material and archival perspective. Since I have always had a fascination with history and archeology, this seemed to be a natural step in my film studies. That's also where I found out about the film archival program at the George Eastman House (today George Eastman Museum) in Rochester where I studied 2002-2003.

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