Dear Director

Sunday, September 18 at 11:00 am

Screens in “Location: Sullivan” shorts program


Director: Marcus Lindeen

In 1980, jazz pianist Kazzrie Jaxen watched Ingmar Bergman’s FROM THE LIFE OF THE MARIONETTES. Afterward, she wrote him a 16-page letter explaining how the film changed her life. It started a dramatic inner journey that made her understand that she was not alone in her own body: hidden inside a small lump of fat under her skin rests the remains of her unborn twin.

DEAR DIRECTOR is a hybrid documentary based on a real fan letter written to Bergman that Swedish director Marcus Lindeen found while doing research on unfinished Bergman scripts for a play. Jaxen, who wrote the letter 35 years ago, stars as herself in the film. The film also features Thomas Bosket, James Sullivan, Isabel Braverman, and Dana Duke. It was filmed in the Callicoon, NY area in 2015. DEAR DIRECTOR had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015, where it was awarded the Cinema & Gioventù prize for best international short film.

Marcus Lindeen is a Swedish director and playwright, working with both film and theatre. He made his debut with REGRETTERS (2010), a play and a documentary feature film about two Swedish men who meet to talk about how they came to regret their respective sex change operations. The play was translated into several languages and the film went on to win numerous awards, amongst them the Prix Europa for best European Documentary in Berlin, the Swedish Academy Award (Guldbagge) and Kristallen (Swedish Emmy) for Best Documentary Film. In 2011, ACCIDENTES GLORIOSOS, Lindeen’s second film, co-directed with Mauro Andrizzi, an experimental fiction in black and white that dealt with car crashes, sexual adventures and bottomless holes, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won Best Medium Length Film in the Orizzonti section. In 2012 Lindeen wrote and directed the play THE ARCHIVE OF UNREALIZED DREAMS AND VISIONS, based on unfinished and neverbefore seen scripts by Ingmar Bergman. During that production he discovered the fan letter that his new short film DEAR DIRECTOR is based upon.

Marcus Lindeen is currently writing a new play for The National Swedish Theatre and is also in production with his next feature length documentary film entitled THE ACALI EXPERIMENT.