WINNER OF TWO GULDBAGGE AWARDS - BEST ACTOR AND BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 2013
WINNER OF THE FIPRESCI PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE IN TORONTO 2011
BERLINALE FORUM 2012
OPENING FILM FOR GOTHENBURG FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER OF GRAND PRIX BEST FILM AND BEST ACTOR AT VOICES, RUSSIA
"A film that echoes some of the best of recent Scandinavian art cinema [...] The pic is a fascinating and ultimately haunting movie, partly because of the way Petersen choreographs his characters, but also because of those characters themselves."
After serving time with an ankle bracelet, Janne, a former club promoter, travels to Båstad to open an exclusive nightclub and get his life back on track.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Axel Petersén (1979) is the director of several acclaimed short films and his latest film The Tracks of My Tears 2 has its premiere in Venice Orizzonti 2011. Last year Axel was Guldbagge-nominated for his short a good friend of Mr. World. Axel is trained at the Czech film school FAMU and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Avalon is Axel's first feature and took shape after he made a filmed pilot study with his aunt and several of the actors. The film was shot in Västra Götaland and in the summer resort of Båstad in Sweden over the course of five weeks in the summer of 2010.
Avalon is produced by Erika Wasserman (Burrowing/Man tänker sitt Berlinale 2009, Hollows in post) and Jesper Kurlandsky (The Ape/Venice Days, Toronto 2009, Blondie/Venice Days, Toronto 2012).
Director and writer: Axel Petersén
Cast: Johannes Brost, Peter Carlberg, Léonore Ekstrand
Producer: Erika Wasserman, Jesper Kurlandsky
Production designer: Ellen Oseng I Costume designer: Denise Östholm
Cinematographer: Måns Månsson I Editor: Theis Schmidt
Sound editor: Matias la Cour, Supersonic Svendborg
Composer: Julian Hruza
Production company: Idyll and Fasad
Co-producers: Film i Väst/Jessica Ask, SVT/Gunnar Carlsson,
FilmFyn/Lars Hermann I In Collaboration with Canal+, Båstad Kommun | With support from SFI/Lars G Lindström | Duration: 79 min | Domestic release February 2012 | Distributor: Nordisk Film | International Sales: TrustNordisk
Avalon has received 4 Guldbagge nominations - Sweden’s national award - for this year’s gala. Johannes Brost has been nominated for Best Leading Actor; Peter Carlberg for Best Supporting Actor; Léonore Ekstrand for Best Supporting Actress; and Måns Månsson for Best Cinematography. We are very proud and happy for the excellent taste of the nomination jury, thanks.
Avalon’s director Axel Petersén has received the Bo Widerberg stipend 2012 at Båstad Filmfestival.
The motivation highlights his work with the actors.
In Swedish here:
“Han tilldelas priset främst för sin långfilmsdebut […] för att han med stor tillit till sina skådespelare, på ett avskalat, konstnärligt sätt ger visuellt liv åt ett inre såväl som yttre landskap i moraliskt förfall.”
Like Father, Like Son, Like Michael Douglas is a video installation by Axel Petersén. This is his first solo exhibition at Gallery Niklas Belenius.
In Paul Verhoevens erotic thriller Basic Instinct from 1992, Michael Douglas’s character is put to the test. Is he still living up to the image of his own sexuality? Is he still the sex symbol Michael Douglas, son to the former sex symbol Kirk Douglas? In Like Father, Like Son, Like Michael Douglas Axel Petersén is staging a sexual generation shift. Through a number of scenes he instructs his father, Etienne Petersén to play the main male character while he himself portrays the female counterparts - a father and a son together watching and acting Basic Instinct.