Something Must Break
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    Something Must Break

    Nånting måste gå sönder

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    81 min

    • Swedish


    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.


    • 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



    Saga Becker
    Iggy Malmborg
    Shima Niavarani
    Mattias Åhlén
    Ester Martin Bergsmark
    Eli Levén
    Lisabi Fridell
    Minka Jakerson
    Ester Martin Bergsmark

    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.



    ...offers the spectator a mature story – moving, intelligent, authentic and honest...

    David González, Cineuropa

    Something Must Break poses many questions while occupying a liminal space

    Little white Lies

    Ester Martin Bergsmark

    Ester Martin Bergsmark


    I want to challenge how we perceive things that we take for granted by pointing the camera in directions the audience didn´t know they could look at.

    Ester Martin Bergsmark’s (1982, Sweden) filmography includes SWALLOW IT (2007) and MAGGIE IN WONDERLAND (2008), both made in collaboration with Mark Hammarberg. The latter was awarded the prize for Best European Documentary at 2009 Doc Alliance and a Guldbagge (Swedish Oscar) for Best Swedish Documentary. Bergsmark then went on to direct their own work: FRUITCAKE (2010) is part of the experimental feminist porn suite Dirty Diaries (2009) and SHE MALE SNAILS (2012) won the Audience Award, Prize for Best Cinematography and Honorary Mention for Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg International Film Festival. Their latest feature film, SOMETHING MUST BREAK (2014), was awarded the 2014 Hivos Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film also wrote history when the main actress Saga Becker was the first trans woman to receive a Guldbagge for Best Actress. Bergsmark is a graduate of the Swedish University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. WILD PRINCESS is their latest project, presented at CineMart.

    Selected Filmography