Olmo and the Seagull

Direction
Year 
2015
Country
  • Denmark 
  • Brazil 
  • France 
  • Portugal 
  • Sweden 
Duration
82min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

A journey through the labyrinth of a woman’s mind, OLMO AND THE SEAGULL tells the story of Olivia, a free-spirited stage actress preparing for a starring role in a theatrical production of Chekhov’s The Seagull. As the play starts to take shape, Olivia and her boyfriend, Serge, whom she first met on the stage of the Theatre du Soleil, discover she is pregnant.

Initially, she thinks she can have it all, until an unexpected setback threatens her pregnancy and brings her life to a standstill. Olivia’s desire for freedom and success clashes with the limits imposed by her own body and the baby growing inside her. The months of her pregnancy unfold as a rite of passage, forcing the actress to confront her deepest fears. She looks in the mirror and sees both female characters of The Seagull - Arkadina, the aging actress, and Nina, the actress who falls into madness - as unsettling reflections of herself.

The film takes a further twist when what appears to be acted is revealed as life itself. This portrait of the creative process invites us to question what is real, what is imagined, and what we celebrate and sacrifice in life.

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Details

  • Original title
    Olmo and the Seagull
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Muhammed Hamdy
  • Editing
    Tina Baz, Marina Meliande
  • Music
    Adam Taylor
  • Duration
    82 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2015
  • Country
    • Denmark
    • Brazil
    • France
    • Portugal
    • Sweden
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • FDF Locarno
  • Awards
    • Winner of CPH:DOX NORDIC PRIZE

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