Allan Karlsson’s life has always been pretty explosive – and not just because he’s had a penchant for dynamite since childhood. His greatest adventure begins on his 100th birthday when he slips away from his old people’s home in his slippers and discovers a suitcase full of money which he henceforth feels obliged to protect. Allan makes friends, meets crooks and gangsters and also the female elephant Sonja, with whom he undertakes a journey by air to Indonesia. None of which is special to Allan, whose travels over the last century have taken him around the globe and brought him together with some of the world’s most famous personalities. Unbeknown to him, he has also significantly contributed to turning international politics on their head.
Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson’s first novel topped the German magazine Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for several months and sold over two million copies in Germany alone. In this screen adaptation, Swedish director and comedian Felix Herngren displays a marvellous sense of the absurd. Told in numerous flashbacks, this journey back in time through the twentieth century looks back on a whole era. The film was shot in Sweden and Eastern Europe.