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Something Must Break

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Something Must Break (Nånting måste gå sönder)

Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark

  • Sweden 2014; 81 min
  • Original version: Swedish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Hivos Tiger Award - IFF Rotterdam
    • Grand Jury Award for International Dramatic Feature Film - Outfest
    • Silver Hugo (Q Hugo Competition) - Chicago IFF
    • Best Feature Film, Best Interpretation (Saga Becker) - Queer Lisboa
    • Ocaña Prize - Seville European FF
    • Best Actress (Saga Becker) - Guldbagge Awards
    • Best Film (Premio Magüey) - FICG

  • From the director of WILD PRINCESS presented at CineMart


Two kids, the big city. The city is Stockholm, not seen here as a collection of tourist attractions, but on the fringes: deserted industrial areas, grubby clubs, badly maintained parks. And then there are the kids. The gay Sebastian dresses as a woman and often seeks danger in his sexual adventures with strangers. When things nearly go wrong in a public toilet, there is Andreas – a guardian angel in a scruffy leather jacket. Even though Andreas isn’t gay, the attraction between them turns out to be more powerful than any labels.

Director's Statement

Director Ester Martin Bergsmark was inspired by the cult novel "You Are the Roots That Sleep Beneath My Feet and Hold the Earth in Place" by his partner Eli Levén, with and about whom he had previously made the hybrid documentary SHE MALE SNAILS. But he also bases it on his own experiences as a transgender. Bergsmark captures the turbulent relationship between Sebastian and Andreas in energetic, jumpy punk images that mesh with the underground in which their lives are set, but juxtaposes these with dreamy sequences filled with images of nature, focusing on the awakening of Sebastian’s other identity. The result is an intimate and energetic picture of people looking for who they can be and are allowed to be.



    Anna-Maria Kantarius 

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