When Sebastian meets Andreas for the first time, he knows they belong together. As they weave through Stockholm’s back streets and forgotten parks, shoplifting beer from a 7-Eleven, and dancing the tango on an abandoned rooftop, their intoxicating connection takes hold. While Sebastian defies gender norms—flouting convention in his androgynous fluidity—straight-identifying Andreas becomes unable to accept his attraction to another man, as their relationship progresses. Struggling with his identity, Sebastian becomes increasingly determined to become “Ellie,” even if it means walking away from Andreas. Brimming with raw electricity, director Ester Martin Bergsmark’s mesmerizing film captures the intimacy of its subjects with an intensity and charge that is simultaneously transgressive and deeply romantic.
Length: 85 minutes
Premiere: North American
Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark
Screenwriter: Eli Levén, Ester Martin Bergsmark
Producer: Anna-Maria Kantarius
Editor: Ester Martin Bergsmark, Andreas Nilsson, Marlene Billie Andreasen, Hanna Storby
Cinematographer: Lisabi Fridell, Minka Jakerson
Executive Producer: Rebecka Lafrenz, Mimmi Spång
Cast: Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg, Shima Niavarani, Mattias Åhlén
Born in 1982, director Ester Martin Bersgmark trained at the Swedish University College of Arts Crafts and Design. With Mark Hammarberg he made Maggie in Wonderland (2008), which was awarded the Prize for Best European Documentary at Doc Alliance 2009 and a Guldbagge Award for Best Swedish Documentary; his other film credits include Fruitcake (2010) and She Male Snails (2012), which won the Audience Award, Prize for Best Cinematography, and Honorary Mention for Best Nordic Film at Göteborg International Film Festival.