”Who was this boy and what happened to him? This is the story of a film that destroyed someone's life. It is also a story of family secrets, of searching for the truth.
We filmed THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD during five years in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Budapest, Venice, and Tokyo, following in Björn's footsteps. We searched together with him to learn the truth about his mother’s death and his father’s identity by reaching into the archives and interviews with close family.
We searched for people who had crossed his path over the decades. It was naturally difficult to find some of them after 50 years, but miraculously many of them were available and willing to talk on camera. The rich archive material which we found throughout the process was also a big source of joy.
The base for everything has been trust and Björn's courage and wish to tell his story. We believe in interesting questions more than in simple answers. This is not an easy story. We hope it is gripping. We hope that Björn will come forward as the complex and interesting person that he is. This is a story with many layers, a box within a box within a box.
Kristian Petri (director) is a filmmaker, writer, and culture journalist with adistinctly personal voice that transcends genre and form. Petri's two shorts, ONCE UPON A TIME and THE CRACK, were selected for the Semaine de la Critique competition in Cannes in 1991 and 1992. His first feature filmBETWEEN SUMMERS (1995) was awarded with a Guldbagge Award and nominated for a Golden Globe and for best film at European Film Awards. It was also selected for the prestigious Quinzaine des Realisateurs in Cannes. Many of his films, including THE WELL (2005), DETAILS (2003), and TOKYO NOISE (2002) have been critically celebrated and have been nominated for and received a number of national and international awards. His latest film is L136 (2018) about the dramatic production of Ingmar Bergman’s mythical film: Winter Light.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri
Produced by: Stina Gardell
Cinematography: Erik Vallsten
Editing: Hanna Lejonqvist, Dino Jonsäter
Original Score: Anna von Hausswolff, Filip Leyman
Sound: Brian Dyrby, Kristoffer Salting
Nominations and Awards
- European Documentary 2021
- Documentary Selection 2021