Under the Stars‘ by Christian Zetterberg is based on true events and deals with themes like identity, friendship and growing up with a broken childhood marked by psychological trauma and sexual abuse.

What is your film about?

Under the Stars‘ is a film based on true events about identity, friendship and growing up, despite a broken childhood marked by psychological trauma and sexual abuse.

After the death of his stepfather, Alexander finds himself standing at the grave and chooses to take a piss on it. When a friend tries to stop him a dispute occurs that evokes memories from Alexander’s childhood. Bad memories he wishes to forget.

What are the main topic raised by the story?

To break the silence about child sexual abuse.

What is your credo as a filmmaker?

I want to explore and make films about growing up and finding your identity, but also films involving children to help breaking the silence about different kind of abuse. I’ve had a difficult childhood myself and wants to make films about young people to help others in the same situations.

Christian Zetterberg

Who is the target audience of your film?

Young people. Kids and teens but also young adults.

Can you share a funny or interesting story about the making of the film?

It’s not a funny story but we found interesting and was a big impact to why we made the film. It was that we made research and found out that 3 to 5 out of 20 kids in Swedish schools have been sexually abused… and that made me sick to the bones.

Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?

I sent the film to the Short film corner in Cannes to start an international distribution of the film. It’s my first international film and I want to find help to spread the message. Let’s break the silence together.