My Life as a Comedian will screen in the Discovery section at TIFF. The film is the second feature from Swedish director Rojda Sekersöz, following up her acclaimed 2017 debut Beyond Dreams.
Beyond Dreams was named Best Nordic Film at the 2017 Göteborg Film Fesival and received the FIPRESCI Award at the Norwegian International Film Festival. Sekersöz was awarded Sweden’s Guldbagge Award for Best Newcomer, and the film received two nominations.
My Life as a Comedian is a poetic and compassionate portrayal of growing pains, teenage fears, and the painful consequences of bullying. Whether in Seventies suburban Sweden or on contemporary social media, peer pressures is powerful and the desire to fit in can have catastrophic consequences.
The film is based on an autobiographical novel by Jonas Gardell, one of Sweden’s most successful authors. Gardell adapted his book into a screenplay. Oscar and Emmy winning director Susanne Bier has directed two films based on books by Gardell. My Life as a Comedian has previously been adapted into a mini series by the Swedish public broadcaster SVT.
– I’m beyond delighted to get to transform this beloved book to a film. Getting to interpret this modern Swedish classic, which is read by millions and beloved for its powerful and relatable story, is a huge privilege and a great responsibility, says Rojda Sekersöz.
My Life as a Comedian tells the parallel stories of 12-year old Juha, the class clown who tries to use comedy to make friends, with mixed results, and adult Juha, a famous stand up comedian with a sold-out comedy show. A chance meeting with one of his childhood tormentors leads Juha to return to his hometown to deal with the ghosts of his past.
Juha is played by renowned actor and comedian Johan Rheborg, one of Sweden’s most prominent and prolific actors with numerous films, tv-shows and tours under his belt, as well as two nominations for Swedish Guldbagge Awards.
My Life as a Comedian is produced by Martin Persson for Anagram Sweden, and co-produced by Film I Väst, SVT, SF Studios and Belga Film, with support from the Swedish Film Institute, film commissioner Calle Marthin and NFTF, in partnership with Cmore and YLE.
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