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Erik has many problems with his stepfather, who often does violence to him. Violence suffered at home make Erik aggressive at school. Expelled from school because of his bad behaviour, he is sent to a private boarding school, where he suffers older’s students hardships. In spite of the discomfort, Erik meets a good friend and Marja’s love.

Original Title ONDSKAN
Italian Title EVIL – IL RIBELLE
Category Out of competition
Section Reload
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 113'
Production Year 2003
Nationality Sweden
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Screenplay Hans Gunnarson, Mikael Håfström
Based on the book "Evil" ("Ondskan")
by Jan Guillou
Director of photography Peter Mokrosinski
Editor Darek Hodor
Production Design Anna Asp
Costume Design Kersti Vitali
Sound Nalle Hansen, Anders Hörling
Music Francis Shaw
Main cast Andreas Wilson (Erik Ponti)
Henrik Lundström (Pierre Tanguy)
Gustaf Skarsgård (Otto Silverhielm)
Linda Zilliacus (Marja)
Jesper Salén (Dahlén)
Filip Berg (Johan)
Produced by Hans Lönnerheden, Ingemar Leijonborg

evil regMikael Håfström

Born in 1960, he studied film education at Stockholm University, and at the school of Visual Arts in New York from 1983-84. After working as assistant director at the Swedish National Television, he made his directorial debut in 1989 with the television feature THE HANDS OF TERROR (TERRONS FINGER). His first feature film was VENDETTA from 1995. He has directed the miniseries THE HOUSE OF SHADOW (SKYGGORNAS HUS) in 1996 and the television drama BURN OUT (EN DAG I TAGET – UTBRÄNDHET) in 2000, also for Swedish National Television. EVIL was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2003.


Director’s statement

“I read ‘Evil’ in the mid 80s and wanted to make it into a TV series, but that didn’t come off. Hans Lönnerheden mulled over the project for several years and when it finally got the green light, I was both available and interested. EVIL is not just about action or suspense, the themes are universal – it’s about the search for freedom, about love and about growing up”.

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