M is a work of art that explores the relationship between sexuality and death. These two appear to be opposite forces, but in fact they merge in all of us, disguising the fear of death or the desire to die, the world of Eros and Thanatos.
In M the character of Marilyn Monroe should be seen as a symbol of this interpenetration. The actress´s death is as famous as her sexuality and thus sets a perfect example of how the ancient bond between sex and death is being forever mystified and exploited by the popular culture. M attempts to explore this phenomenon in a much more personal level.
Runtime:1 hour 34 minutes 10 seconds
Completion Date:September 8, 2018
Production Budget:30,000 USD
Country of Origin:Finland
Country of Filming:Finland, Mexico, Portugal
Shooting Format:digital 2K
33rd Venice International Critic’s WeekVenice
September 8, 2018
Helsinki International Film FestivalHelsinki
September 22, 2018
Festival du nouveau cinémaMontreal
October 9, 2018
North American Premiere
LES NOUVEAUX ALCHIMISTES
Festival de SevillaSevilla
November 15, 2018
Anna Eriksson was born April 22, 1977 in Rauma, Finland. Because of her father’s job, Anna spent most of her childhood and teenage years traveling around the world. The family lived in India, Tanzania and Saudi-Arabia. Anna studied music from early on, concentrating in singing. After graduating college she recorded her first album, which instantly became a huge success in Finland. She has recorded ten albums, writing and producing the last four of them herself. 2012 album MANA she received the Teosto prize, which is one of the biggest art prizes in the Nordic countries. In 2013 Anna put her musical career on hold and began working on her first feature film M. M premiered at 33rd Venice International Film Critics Week in 2018.
“As a Nordic woman and an artist I feel obliged to give a voice to those aspects of femininity that are taboos, that are controversial, that are mystified and beaten down because of their sheer power.
Still, to be truly political one must be personal and that’s exactly what M turned out to be; a deeply personal work. Somewhere along the way it came upon me that the link between sexuality and death, that to me so profoundly defines Monroe’s fate, is a link that we all share with her. That the ancient bond between these two forces is in fact an integral part of humanity. And that the myth that is Marilyn, holds in itself a reflection of our own dreams, our desires and our losses.”