“The Breath’s Deer” is a sci-fi story 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 (Chernobyl, Dune among others) provides the voice of “The Breath’s Deer”, taking on the role of Ramsell, while the audience sees a painted version of the artist themself. Previously, actor Rutger Hauer, played the role of Ramsell in “Genderness” from 2016.
“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.”
The music of The Breath´s Deer
While the script, animation, direction and editing is all done by Ramsell, the music is a collaboration with cellist Lori Goldston, (Nirvana among other collaborators).
The song “Sky/Coast” is written and performed by Ramsell. Goldston who arranged and performed the cello, 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.”
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The Breath´s Deer (2018)
Written, directed, animated, edited: Anders Ramsell
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård
Music: Anders Ramsell, Lori Goldston
Runtime: 10 min
Genre: Art film