In the 1970s, film crews arrived to the small village of Mariannelund, in the province of Småland in the southern parts of Sweden. All of a sudden the people of Mariannelund found themselves in the middle of a production that involved nearly the entire village, and its cultural legacy still lives on today. Astrid Lindgren’s children’s book Emil of Lönneberga was made into films in this charming village. Children and adults worldwide have through the years enjoyed the story about the mischievous young man with  heart of gold. However, few people know how the making of the films affected the small village of Mariannelund.

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