The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

Director: Kristian Petri, Kristina Lindström Run Time: 94 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Ann Lagerström, Annike Andresen, Björn Andrésen, Hajime Sawatari, Riyoko Ikeda

Country: Sweden
Languages: English, French, Italian, Japanese, Swedish


This film screened on January 29, 2021, as part of the Sundance Film Festival 2021 satellite screenings in Columbus, Ohio, at Gateway Film Center. Watch the Q&A replay with the filmmakers and Sundance Film Festival Programmer Ania Trzebiatowska here.


“a thoughtful and quietly devastating meditation on obsession, trauma, and the cost of fame”

The Queer Review

About the film:

Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival 2021. Swedish actor/musician Björn Andresen’s life was forever changed at the age of 15, when he played Tadzio, the object of Dirk Bogarde’s obsession in Death in Venice — a role which led Italian maestro Luchino Visconti to dub him “the world’s most beautiful boy.”

About the filmmakers:

Co-directed by award-winning filmmakers, writers, and journalists Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri. Lindström has directed documentaries about some of Sweden’s most famous names, including the mini-series Astrid and The Era-Punk in three parts, as well as the feature Palme with Maud Nycander and Silence with Petri, whose feature directorial debut Between Summers was selected for Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. Many of his films, including The Well, Details, and Tokyo Noise, have been critically celebrated and received a number of national and international awards.

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