Olmo and the Seagull
Olmo and the Seagull

Olmo and the Seagull

Director Petra Costa, Lea Glob

Production year 2015

Length 85min.

Country Denmark/Brazil/Portugal/France/Italy

SYNOPSIS

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 as Arkadina 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 that falls into madness - as unsettling reflections of herself.

CAST & CREW

Petra Costa
Petra Costa

Director

Producer

Charlotte Pedersen, Tiago Pavan, Luis Urbano

Script

Petra Costa

Director of Photography

Muhammed Hamdy, Nadim Carlsen, Lisa Persson

Music by

Philip Glass

Sound

Cecile Chagnaud

Edit

Marina Meliande, David Barker, Thor Martin Duus Ochsner, Tina Baz

Cast

Olivia Corsini, Serge Nicolai, Arman Saribekyan, Sylvain Jailloux, Francis Ressort

Production company

Zentropa Entertainments, Busca Vida Filmes, O Som e a Fúria

Petra Costa

Petra started her training in theatre in Brazil at the age of fourteen and later went to the Dramatic Arts School at the University of São Paulo. She then went on to study Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She completed her masters in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics. Petra Costa’sfirst feature Elena (2012), premiered at IDFA and won several prizes in festivals worldwide. It was the most watched documentary in Brazil in 2013 and in 2014 was released theatrically in the United States. Executive Produced by Fernando Meirelles and Tim Robbins, Elena unfolds as a mixture of fever dream and psychological thriller. It tells the story of two sisters - and as one searches for the other their identities begin to blur. Currently Petra Costa is writing a feature fiction film entitled Strange Fruit.


Filmography

Don Quixote of Bethelehem (2005), Elena (2012), Olmo & the Seagull (2015).


Lea Glob
Lea Glob

Director

Lea Glob

Lea Glob graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011 with her well received short film Meeting My Father Kasper Højhat, an autobiographical interpretation of the director’s personal encounter with her long lost father. Among other acknowledgments, the film was nominated for the National Danish Film Award and for The Robert Awards, and won a Golden Panda for most innovative documentary film at the Chinese Shiuan TV Festival. Since then, Lea has received the main award at Nordic Talents for the development of the documentary project Human Female Sexuality, a highly visual film and transmedia project, which investigates the (often contradictory) inner life and imagery of female sexuality. Lea Glob works both as a filmmaker and Director of Photography and has received the Real Talent Award given by the Danish Film Directors. Based in Copenhagen, Lea also works and teaches as part of the Artistic Research program at The National Film School.


Filmography

Meeting My Father Kasper Højhat Mødet med min far Kasper Højhat (2011), Olmo & the Seagull (2015).

FILMS 2016