Berlin-based Films Boutique has picked up world rights to Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri’s Swedish documentaryThe Most Beautiful Boy In The World, which is set to premiere at Sundance 2021.
Produced by Stina Gardell’s Stockholm-based Mantaray Film, the film will compete in the World Cinema Documentary section.
It is about Björn Andrésen, the Swedish teenager plucked from obscurity by legendary Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti to star opposite Dirk Bogarde in Death In Venice in 1971. For Visconti, Andrésen was “the world’s most beautiful boy.” In the movie, he is the object of obsession for Bogarde’s composer Gustav von Aschenbach who spots him in a hotel on the Lido in Venice.
The documentary was made as a coproduction between SVT, ZDF/ARTE, Jonas Gardell Production and Filminvestment in Örebro, with backing from Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Creative Europe.
Triart is distributing the film in Sweden, with a release set for the autumn of next year.
Films Boutique has three films in the running for the International Oscar: Agnieszka Holland’s Charlatan (Czech Republic), Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades! (Russia) and Julia von Heinz’s Tomorrow The Entire World (Germany).