My Life as a Comedian will screen in the Discovery section at TIFF. The film is the second feature from Swedish director Rojda Sekers z, following up her acclaimed 2017 debut Beyond Dreams.
Beyond Dreams was named Best Nordic Film at the 2017
G teborg Film Fesival and received the FIPRESCI Award at the Norwegian
International Film Festival. Sekers z 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 Sekers z.
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
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 V st, 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.