One of the standout titles at this year’s virtual Sundance Film Festival was The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, which recounts the strange and tragic story of Björn Andrésen, the Swedish star of Luchino Visconti’s languid tale of lust and obsession, Death in Venice.
Named after the Italian director’s somewhat bombastic description of his then 15-year-old lead at the film’s premiere in 1971 – Visconti famously scoured all of Scandinavia to find the perfect blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy for the role of Tadzio – Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri’s documentary puts Andrésen centre stage as he reflects on his life 50 years on.
It’s a fascinating meditation on a bygone era and a cautionary tale of the price of achieving international stardom at such a tender age. With the film set to be released in UK and Irish cinemas on 30 July courtesy of Dogwoof, take an exclusive look at the first official trailer below, along with the brand new UK quad poster.
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World is released in UK and Irish cinemas on 30 July.
Published 17 Jun 2021
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