Olmo & the Seagull
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    Olmo & the Seagull

    Directed by

    Denmark, Brazil, France, Portugal, Sweden


    87 min

    • French
    • Italian

    Documentary, Drama

    Olivia's free bohemian life as an artist and stage actress takes a dramatic turn when she and her boyfriend Serge discover that she is pregnant. But the emotionally intense period that follows in the wake of the news, unfolds like a sensitive blend of spontaneity and staged 'reenactments' of an emotionally intense episode from the two actors' own life - and like a poetic and existential dive into Olivia's state (of mind) during her pregnancy. For the good news comes with a dilemma: their small theatre company of close friends has been invited to stage Chekhov's 'The Seagull' in New York, but Olivia is prevented by her growing belly. Lea Glob and Petra Costa's joint film gets both its power and its sensitivity from the hybrid between fiction and a fragile, emotional authenticity, that not even a professional actor can perform. For how do you know what actors actually feel like themselves? OLMO & THE SEAGULL is a modern hybrid film with classical roots in theatre arts and in Virginia Woolf's novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'.


    • Nordic Dox Award - CPH:DOX
    • Junior Jury Prize - FF Locarno
    • Best Feature Length Documentary - Rio de Janeiro IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Olivia Corsini
    Serge Nicolaï
    Giovanna Pezzullo
    Alvaro Ybot
    Elaine Meric
    Martha Kiss Perrone
    Camille Grandville
    Shaghayegh Beheshti
    Sylvain Jailloux
    Arman Saribekyan
    Larranaga y Ausin
    Maurice Durozier
    Francis Ressort
    Célia Catalifo
    Philippe Duquesne
    Stephen Szekely
    Alex Michel
    Claudio Ponzana
    Pancho Garcia Aguirre
    Lisa Mercury
    Jeanne Duquesne
    Seear Kohi
    Barbara Gassier
    Martial Jacques
    Samir Saed
    Sébastien Brottet-Michel
    Petra Costa
    Lea Glob Script collaboration: Martha Kiss Perrone
    Moara Passoni
    Muhammad Hamdy
    Lisa Persson
    Nadim Carlsen
    Tina Baz
    Marina Meliande
    David Barker Thor Duus Ochsner
    Affonso Gonçalves Cecile Chagnaud
    Mikkel Maltha
    Adam Taylor


    An extremely intimate portrait.

    Frederik Bove, Cinema Scandinavia

    OLMO AND THE SEAGULL is a captivating film by two exceptionally talented filmmakers and actors that explores the line between fiction and reality, with stunning visual storytelling.

    Director Tim Robbins

    Beautiful, tender, and endlessly fascinating, OLMO AND THE SEAGULL explores with thrilling boldness a space between fiction and nonfiction that I never dreamed possible.

    Director Joshua Oppenheimer

    A brilliant film.

    Josh Slater-Williams, Little White Lies

    Petra Costa

    Petra Costa


    Directing is cathartic: slowly the pain turns to memory, turns to water. I feel that many things that were very painful become memory, and in doing so I am soothed, the pain is dissolved.

    Petra Costa is a film director and actress. Before making ELENA, she directed and produced the short film OLHOS DE RESSACA (UNDERTOW EYES), a poetic depiction of love and aging as seen from the perspective of her grandparents. In 2009, OLHOS DE RESSACA was shown in several national and international festivals, receiving important prizes, among which Best Short Film in the Rio Festival 2009, Best Short Film in the London International Documentary Film Festival 2010, Best Short Documentary in Cine Las Americas 2010, Festival and Special Jury Prize in the Gramado Festival 2009.
    In 2015, OLMO & THE SEAGULL, the feature she co-directed with Lea Glob, won the Nordic Dox Award at CPH:DOX and the Junior Jury Prize at Locarno Film Festival. Her most recent title, THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY, premiered at the World Documentary Competition at Sundance 2019 and is competing for the DOX:AWARD at CPH:DOX, 2019.

    Selected Filmography

    Lea Glob

    Lea Glob


    In the film world as we know it...it's about having fun, it's about being honest and not to be correct.

    Lea Glob was born on August 20, 1982. She graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011 as a documentary director and TV organiser. She has worked in still and video photography since her early years. Her graduation film MEETING MY FATHER KASPER TOP HAT(2011) received an award for most innovative documentary at the Chinese Sichuan TV festival. Lea Glob and co-director Petra Costa won the Nordic Dox Award for OLMO AND THE SEAGULL at CPH:DOX in 2014, where Glob also received the Reel Talent Award. Glob co-directed with Mette Carla Albrechtsen a documentary about young female desire, VENUS (2016), selected for the First Appearance Competition at the IDFA festival in Amsterdam and screened at Goteborg FF.

    Selected Filmography