Mantaray Film


In 1971, due to the world premiere of Death in Venice, Italian director Lucino Visconti proclaimed his Tadzio as the world’s most beautiful boy. A shadow that today, 50 years later, weighs Björn Andresen’s life. A film about the price of beauty. A drama that takes us to Japan, Italy, France and Denmark.

Directors: Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri
Cinematographer: Erik Vallsten
Editor: Hanna Lejonqvist, Dino Jonsäter
Composer: Anna von Hausswolff, Filip Leyman
Head of Archive: Jonas Goldmann
Producer: Stina Gardell
Length: Festival version 94 min, TV version 52 min
Release: 2021 - Sundace Film Festival

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19 Jan, World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival, USA



i-D, 10 must-watch movies from Sundance 2021

Jumpcut Online,"REVIEW: The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (Sundance 2021)"

Art Fuse,"Film Review: Virtual Sundance 2021 - Let Corporations Chase the Crowd Pleasers - Here's the Real stuff"

Spinning Platters, "Film Feature: Best of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival"

Newsradio WSGW,"2021 Sundance Film Festival: Day 2 Highlights"

Nashville Scene, "15 Standouts From the 2021 (Virtual) Sundance Film Festival"

The Film Stage"The Most Beautiful Boy in the World Directors on Capturing the Tragedy and Healing in the Life of Björn Andrésen"

We Live Entertainment, "Sundance 2021 Review: The Exquisite Tragedy of 'The Most Beautiful Boy in the World'"

Screen Daily, "10 films that stood out at Sundance 2021"

Washington Post, "Even in a world turned upside-down and an all-virtual Sundance, the movies survived"

Cinema-Magazin, "'The Most Beautiful Boy in the World': Kristina Lindstrom and Kristian Petri"

Cineuropa, "Kristina Lindstöm and Kristian Petri * Directors of The Most Beautiful Boy in the World"

CBS News, "2021 Sundance Film Festival: Day 2 highlights"

Vogue, A New Film Asks: What Happens to the Very Young, Very Beautiful Star When the Movie Is Over?

El Pais, La maldición de encarnar al bello Tadzio

The New York Times - Sundance Diary, part 3: Documentaries Thar Don't Despair

The Week, "The Most Beautiful Boy in the World is one movie that deserves a theater viewing"

Sight and Sound, "The Most Beautiful Boy in the World"

Girls at Film, "Film Diary: Sundance 2021 - The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, the curse of innocence"

Cineuropa, "Review: The Most Beautiful Boy in the World" by Vladan Petkovic

The Utah Review, Absorbing, sensitive story of the pains of objectification, fragile ephemerality of beauty

Indiewire, "'The Most Beautiful Boy in the World' Review: A Crushing Story of Innocence Destroyed by Stardom"

Screen Daily, 'The Most Beautiful Boy in the World': Sundance Review

Deadline, Sundance Review: ‘The Most Beautiful Boy In The World’


Developed with the support of the Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union, The Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Film invest Örebro and Jonas Gardell Produktion, in coproduction with SVT and ZDF/ARTE, in collaboration with YLE

Sundance FF21 Official Selection
Selected for Nordisk Panorama Observer+ 2018 and awarded Best Nordic Project at Docs Ports Incheon, South Korea 2018