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Something Must Break

Nånting måste gå sönder

Sweden | 2014 | 81 minutes | Ester Martin Bergsmark

Sensuously stylized and drawn from the experiences of its creators, Break tracks a bourgeoning, difficult, and steamy romance between warehouse worker Sebastian, who increasingly identifies as Ellie, and leather-clad straight punk Andreas.

May 19, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 28, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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How can a person love another before knowing his own identity? This central question haunts protagonist Sebastian (Saga Becker) in this provocative love story about the fluidity of gender and the inexplicable calculus of attraction. Sebastian, biologically male, is a young transgender person struggling to find comfort in his own skin. Inside, he yearns to be “Ellie,” his idealized female alter ego, but cannot admit his secret to anyone. The androgynous Sebastian spends his time cruising the seedy gay bars and men’s rooms of Stockholm for anonymous trysts, some of which become violent. During one such encounter, Sebastian is rescued by the handsome, punky Andreas (Iggy Malmborg), sparking a slow-burning, tentative romance. As things become more physical, Sebastian lets Ellie slowly emerge, leading the couple to engage in edgier behavior, including drugs, rough sex, and petty street crime. But as their passion grows deeper, Andreas worries about the social repercussions and refuses to acknowledge his feelings for Sebastian publicly. “I’m not gay,” says a fearful Andreas. “Neither am I,” Sebastian/Ellie replies. Director Ester Martin Bergsmark, who is also transgender, uses her own experience grappling with sexuality to capture these confused, ambiguous feelings. The grainy, handheld camerawork and super-slow-mo scenes of aestheticized-yet-graphic sex—all infused with a pulsating, eclectic soundtrack—make Something Must Break an eroticized visual and aural journey of self-discovery.

Director Biography

Ester Martin Bergsmark is a Swedish director and writer who studied filmmaking at the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm. Bergsmark is known for the award-winning documentaries Maggie in Wonderland (2008) and She Male Snails (2012), about life in the LGBTQ-community. Something Must Break (2014) is Bergsmark’s first narrative feature film.

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Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark
Principal Cast: Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg, Shima Niavarani, Mattias Åhlén
Country: Sweden
Year: 2014
Running Time: 81 minutes
Producer: Anna-Maria Kantarius
Screenplay: Eli Levén, Ester Martin Bergsmark
Cinematographers: Lisabi Fridell, Minka Jakerson
Editors: Ester Martin Bergsmark, Andreas Nilsson, Marlene Billie Andreasen, Hanna Storby
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014 (Tiger Award)
Filmography: She Male Snails (2012); Maggie in Wonderland (Doc, 2008)
Language: Swedish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Swedish Film Institute
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