UNDRESS ME (15', Sweden, 2013)

Screening: Su, 15 Dec., Elvira Popescu Cinema, 5:00pm


In a world of rapidly evolving definitions of masculinity and femininity, UNDRESS ME pushes these borders even further, in a captivating experiment on identity. Two strangers meet in a bar. The sexual tension is palpable, so they quickly end up at her place. But what began as a night of exploring each other soon becomes an unexpected exploration of self. Winner of this year’s Teddy Award at Berlinale, the movie exposes the arbitrary nature of social conventions, raising interesting questions on one’s identity and sexuality. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)

Director: VICTOR LINDGREN

With the support of:

 

Cast: Jana Bringlöv Ekspong, Bjorn Elgerd

Screenplay: Jana Bringlöv Ekspong

Cinematography: Mattias Andersson

Editing: Victor Lindgren, Mattias Andersson

Sound: Sven Jonsson

Producer: Therese Högberg, Film i Västerbotten

Production: Bautafilm AB


Premiere: ROMANIAN PREMIERE


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VICTOR LINDGREN (b. 1984, Holmsund) is a Swedish filmmaker who has been working with film since he left high-school, first in TV-production, and then on his own short films or together with other directors and crews. He has a lot of experience in the area of film-education for children and young adults, teaching film to children in festivals and schools. He is also one of the co-owners of the Bauta Film production company. LINDGREN is passionate about telling stories about people and relationships, about life and its difficulties. His movies have been well-received by the audience as well as the critics. 

 

CONTACT

Teddy Award for Best Short Film – Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Best International Short Film - Tel Aviv Film Festival 2013

Tampere Film Festival 2013

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2013

Melbourne International Film Festival 2013

Queer Lisboa 2013

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013

Special mention - Sicilia Queer Filmfest, Italy 2013

Guadalajara International Film Festival 2013

CURATOR'S COMMENT:

“It starts off as what may seem like a conventional love story: boy meets girl, boy wants to take the girl home. However, it quickly develops into a story of blurred lines: between what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman, desire and curiosity, dominance and submissiveness. The guy instinctively feels that something is off with Mikaela and it is soon proven that he was right. However, the reveal of the girl’s secret is not received with shock, but with boyish enthusiasm of having been right. This is when what's really at stake here comes out, their meeting becoming a challenging personality test for both of them. Each tries to keep control over the situation and not show their insecurity and confusion, but inevitable slips occur. It is through details that their true personality emerges and it becomes apparent how fickle their sense of self is. Over-preoccupied with his looks and unsure of his urges, the young man seeks Mikaela’s approval regarding his body. In a way, he needs her compliments to really feel like a man. She, in turn, is also seeking acceptance, even if she’s trying to act intangible, as if nothing bothers her. In the end, it’s not a night of casual sex the two are looking for, but validation and confirmation that they deserve love.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)


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