Directed by Anna Odell
Sweden, Denmark | 112 min | 2018 | experiment Swedish

Swedish director and visual artist, Anna Odell (The Reunion), conducts a social experiment in which she aims to challenge the gender roles that men and women have in the society of today. In a purpose-build warehouse set she confronts herself with the Swedish actor and masculine icon Mikael Persbrandt, and invites seven other top Scandinavian actors to live with them and act as alter egos of herself and Mikael. The group embarks on a game without rules, which leads to real conflicts and funny, absurd and emotional situations since Trine Dyrholm, Jens Albinus, Vera Vitali, Shanti Roney, Sofie Gråbøl and Thure Lindhardt for many weeks will have to “stay in their roles” at all times.

Starring Trine Dyrholm, Mikael Persbrandt, Vera Vitali, Shanti Roney, Sofie Gråbøl, Jens Albinus, Thure Lindhardt

From the director of REUNION


Driector: Anna Odell
Screenwriter: Anna Odell
Cast: Anna Odell, Mikael Persbrandt
Producer: Frida Jonason, Mattias Nohrborg (B-Reel Films)

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    Anna Odell

Festivals & Awards
IFF Rotterdam – WP
SXSW – North America Premiere
Seattle IFF
Edinburgh IFF

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Anna Odell

Anna Odell is a Swedish conceptual artist and film director. She graduated from two of the most highly valued institutions in Sweden: University College of Arts, Craft and Design, and the Royal Institute of Art. In 2009 her graduation work, Unknown Woman 2009-349701, was an intervention in the public space. She staged a psychotic attack on the Stockholm bridge, and was taken away by the police to the psychiatric hospital. The take on the mental health institution in the spirit of Faucault’s‘ Madness and Civilisation’ made the headline of all Swedish newspapers as a case of the critical art gone too far. In 2013, in her feature debut The Reunion she reenacted the class reunion between the former classmates after 20 years, exploring the tensions between the victim, the bullies and the observers at schools. The film was selected for Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival and won a number of awards, among them two Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s top movie honor, for film and screenplay. In contrast to many other critical artists, in her work the investigations get a twist of a cinematic form and a subversive humor.

2018 X&Y
2013 The Reunion
2009 Okänd kvinna, student film