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Sebbe

Sebbe
Director: Babak Najafi

Sweden, 2010, drama, 80 min, swedish with lithuanian subtitles, N-16
Sebbe is fifteen and lives with his mother Eva in an apartment that is way too small, so it is inevitable that there is friction from time to time. Eva delivers newspapers, but she prefers drinking beer after work. Things aren’t much better at school where Sebbe is the victim of rough-house bullying. The only place where Sebbe can hide and do what he wants is the scrap yard. It is the place where his inventor’s talent is revealed: in his hands pieces of scrap metal come together to form incredible contraptions. The boy can even make things explode… Filmmaker Babak Najafi wanted to create an anti-intellectual film similar to the movies of his favourite directors Fatih Akin and Alejandro González Iñárritu. According to Najafi, their films are not too complex, their intellectual weight does not choke ideas and feelings, but at the same time they are not intended for mainstream audiences.

Awards:

2010 – Best Debut Film award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany).
2010 – Best Actor – Sebastian Hiort af Ornas – at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (South Africa).
2010 – First Work Award at the the 26th International Film Festival “Festroia“ (Portugal).

About the director:

Babak Najafi was born in Karami, Iran, in 1975. The family moved to Sweden when he was 11. The filmmaker grew up in Uppsala. In 1998–2002, he studied filmmaking in the College of Film, Radio and TV of Stockholm Drama Institute. The director has made four short films before his debut full feature “Sebbe”.
Section: Retrospektyva

Screenplay: Babak Najafi

Dir. of Photography: Rebecka Lafrenz, Mimmi Spång

Cast: Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs, Eva Melander, Kenny Wåhlbrink, Emil Kadeby, Adrian Ringman, Leo Salomon Ringart
Print Festival Kaunas Programme