After serving time with an ankle bracelet, Janne, a former party organizer, travels to Båstad to open an exclusive nightclub and get his life back on track. During the star-studded tennis week, he makes his final preparations before the opening, hangs out with his sister Jackie and enjoys life as a soon-to-be-crowned club king. But just a few days before the club’s premier, Janne causes a catastrophic accident and his increasingly desperate attempts to deal with the situation drag him into a dark downward spiral.
- FIPRESCI Prize, Discovery Section, TIFF
- Grand Prix & Best Actor (for Johannes Brost) - VOICES IFF
- Johannes Brost
- Peter Carlberg
- Leonore Ekstrand
- Axel Petersén
- Måns Månsson
- Theis Schmidt
- Julian Hruza
The inspiration for the film’s characters has been there my whole life, through acquaintances of my parents and friends of friends. Offensive, desperate sixty-somethings, pleasure seeking escapists – people who have taken the easy way out and live their lives in a sort of gray area, someplace between classy and dirty. Gamblers with flash and flare one day, misery the next. I wanted to make a film about these people: the adults who never grew up, who never wanted responsibility. For two weeks every summer Båstad is an extreme form of miniature Sweden. An enormous event-ballyhoo in an idyllic summer environment, where the stakes are high for a very short period of time. I partially grew up there. I have worked at the nightclubs that created Båstad’s party culture and have been formed by Båstad, for better or for worse.
...a fascinating and ultimately haunting movie
All might look glam and glossy in the Avalon nightclub but in truth life is chilly and hard - and Scandinavian cinema does that better than any better.
Avalon is a sublime film that will leave a lasting impression, capturing some truly ugly characters in an entirely absorbing manner.
I like cars, I'll admit
Axel Petersén (b. 1979, Sweden) was educated at FAMU, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles. He is the director of several acclaimed short films. AVALON is Axel's first feature and was developed after he made a filmed pilot study with his aunt and several actors. The film was shot in the summer resort of Båstad in southern Sweden and in Västra Götaland over the course of five weeks in the summer of 2010. In 2010, Axel was Guldbagge-nominated for his short A GOOD FRIEND OF MR. WORLD, which has travelled extensively. His film THE TRACK OF MY TEARS 2 had its premiere in Venice Orrizonti 2011. UNDER THE PYRAMID (2016) screened at Goteborg FF in 2016. His latest film THE REAL ESTATE, co-directed with Måns Månsson, screened in competition at the 2018 Berlinale.