The Burden


Min Börda

Directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden | 13 minutes | 2017 | Swedish

An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes that takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant. All of the settings are located in a modern, generic market place next to a large freeway.


Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Screenwriter: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Animation: Johanna Schubert, Eirik Grønmo Bjørnsen, Anna Mantzaris, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Dockhus Animation
Cinematogrpahy: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Producer: Kalle Wettre

  • Niki Lindroth von Bahr
    Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Festivals & Awards

Cannes Film Festival – Directors’ Fortnight
Toronto International Film Festival – Best International Short Film
Göteborg Film Festival – Best Swedish Short Film
Annecy International Animated Film Festival – Cristal for the Best Film
AFI Fest – Grand Jury Prize
Austin Fantastic Fest – Best Picture
Fantoche – International Animation Film Festival – Best Film
Melbourne International Film Festival – Best Short Film

press quotes

“The Cristal for best animated short went to “The Burden,” which has sparked buzz since its Cannes Directors’ Fortnight bow. An existential musical, set on a lonely planet of humans with animal heads, the Swedish short, from Niki Lindroth von Bahr, came across as Terry Gilliam meets Ingmar Bergman as its surreal hybrid beings sang about the difficulty of relationships, or dehumanizing pressures of office life, as song and dance routine performed by an office of monkeys.”

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Niki Lindroth von Bahr, born in 1984, is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm. She got her master degree in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in the spring of 2016. Her films BATH HOUSE (2014) and TORD AND TORD (2010) has been screened at festivals around the word, such as Berlinale, Sundance, AFI and Annecy. TORD AND TORD was also nominated as Best Shortfilm at Guldbaggegalan 2011.

2017 The Burden / Min börda, animated short
2014 Bath House / Simhall, animated short
2010 Tord and Tord / Tord och Tord, animated short
2007 One Night in Moscow / En natt i Moskva, animated short