The Funeral

Anton (28) arrives back to his family home after 8 years estranged. He arrives on the morning of his father’s funeral to the shock of his sister Elsa (24) who is at a loss for words. The funeral on it’s own is tough enough for one day. But it’s Anton.

It does not take long after the funeral for Anton and Elsa to get back into their younger selves. Yet a disturbing past slowly surfaces along with its questions, keeping them as distant as ever. How differently did they experience their shared childhood? And is there hope of them reuniting?

  • Marcus Rodert
  • Marcus Rodert
  • Tom Ljungman
    Key Cast
  • Ellen Helinder
    Key Cast
  • Joel Kullberg
    Key Cast
  • Alexander Rodert
  • Anacaona Seligmann
  • Samuel Dennis
    Director of Photography
  • Diarmaid McGrath
    1st Assistant Director
  • Dik Sum Man
    Art Direction
  • Camilo Gomez
    Sound (Recording/engineering/mixing/designing)
  • Alex Acevedo
    Sound (Recording/engineering/mixing/designing)
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    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Family, LGBT
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Marcus Rodert

Marcus Rodert was born in Canada in 1992 and grew up in Sweden and Belgium. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Manchester and a Master’s degree in directing from Met Film School. “Begravningen” is his first film, which he completed during his studies at Met Film School. He currently resides in Berlin.

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Director Statement

I have always been intrigued by the the intricacies of dysfunctional family relationships, and how they are so heavily affected by ego, by contrasting development of ideologies, and by the notion of unconditional love. Additionally I want to examine the effects that “coming out” as homosexual can have on an individual and on his/her platonic relationships. The plot of “The Funeral” only takes place over a twenty-four hour period, so I have set out to primarily illuminate these topics subtextually, as although the film takes place in the now, the emotional content is almost entirely rooted in the protagonists’ past; What plays out in this narrative is how past events end up manifesting themselves as the plot triggers their resurfacing.

I have a younger brother, with whom I share an amazing bond and who is one of the lights of my life. I am proud to say that he is my best friend and I genuinely hope that all siblings in the world can share something similar to what I do with my brother. The development of our relationship has allowed me to understand selflessness and worry to a degree I didn’t think possible, as well as pride and love. We fight from time to time, and we disagree on many trivial matters, but we have never pushed our relationship to a point of hatred, violence or non-communication. This is obviously a good thing, but it’s more than that. It is an avenue of cognitive exploration. What would be able to truly push us apart? What actions would one have to do, or not do? And what would it take to mend that wound, had it been bleeding for a decade? These were questions I was asking myself.