Stellan Skarsgård plays the role of Anders Ramsell in “The Breath’s Deer”
“The Breath’s Deer” by artist Anders Ramsell, featuring Stellan Skarsgård, will premiere 4-9 September at the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival in Baden, Switzerland.
“The Breath’s Deer” is a sci-fi story painted entirely in watercolour about what awaits humanity. “There’s a treacherous beauty and sensuality in Anders’ animations,” Stellan Skarsgård says. “I find his painting both attractive and disturbing, just like those dreams early in the morning that you can’t let go of, but instead grab you to take you back into their fragmented poetry.”
The self-portrait is a clear presence in the film; Skarsgård provides the voice of “The Breath’s Deer”, taking on the role of Ramsell, while the audience sees a painted version of the artist himself. Previously, actor Rutger Hauer (Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” and much more), played the role of Ramsell in the critically-acclaimed “Genderness”, which featured at The Chinese Theater in Hollywood in the 2016 edition of the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
“Anyone – regardless of sex, skin colour, sexual orientation – can take on the role of me,” Anders Ramsell says. “This time my art has reached Stellan – he really expressed what I wanted to say in a fantastic way; no-one has heard him express himself this way before.”
Musical collaboration with American cellist Lori Goldston
While the script, animation, direction and editing is all done by Ramsell, the music is a collaboration with American cellist Lori Goldston, who earlier played with Nirvana, including their famous MTV Unplugged in New York live album.
Goldston, who plays cello in the soulful song Anders recorded for the end credits, says: “The song conveys a quiet, urgent intimacy, directly reflective of the film’s spare and mysterious atmosphere. I tried to create a cello part that meshes with the film’s narrative power and the twists and turns of the story.”
“The Breath’s Deer” has also been selected for the Fredrikstad Animation Festival in Norway in October. It will compete in the Nordic-Baltic Short Film Competition programme.