Shelley / Shelley

Ali Abbasi (DK, 2016)

Shelley (Ali Abbasi, DK/SE, 2016)

Louise and Kasper, a Danish couple, live in an isolated villa in the middle of the forest away from modern life, technology and even electricity. Louise's biggest dream is to become a mother but she is unable to have children. She finally decides, out of desperation, to seal a pact with her Romanian maid, Elena, who accepts to bear Louise's child as a surrogate mother in exchange of a large amount of money. But the life growing inside of her is taking shape too fast, affecting the lives of everyone like an evil force. Paranoia and horror sets around the inevitable birth.


Basic information

Danish titleShelley
DirectorAli Abbasi
ProducerJacob Jarek
Director of PhotographySturla Brandth Grøvlen, Nadim Carlsen
Production designerSabine Hviid, Kristine Køster
Danish theatrical release01.12.2016
Production countryDenmark/Sweden
Dialogue languageDanish, English
Duration90 min.
Production companyProfile Pictures
Domestic distribution Scanbox
International saleIndie Sales / Rue Washington 32 / 75008 Paris / France
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Additional information

Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 15

Full credits

Ali AbbasiDirection
Jannich GrønnemoseAssistant director
Ali AbbasiScreenplay
Jacob JarekProducer
Jacob JarekLine producer
Jacob SvenssonProduction
Jannich GrønnemoseUnit manager
Anders BankeLocation scout
Sturla Brandth GrøvlenCinematographer
Nadim CarlsenCinematographer
Anne Skamris1st assistant camera
Electrical dept.
Ib ValentinGaffer
Production design
Sabine HviidProduction designer
Kristine KøsterProduction designer
Mina LejbølleSet dresser
Camilla Nordbjerg OlsenChief makeup artist
Rune Bjerre SandSound engineer
Visual effects
Peter HjorthVFX supervisor
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Full Moon 2016 Transilvania International Film Festival 2016

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 22-10-2016
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 07-10-2016
Athens International Film Festival 22-09-2016
Helsinki Film Festival 15-09-2016
FILM4 FrightFest 25-08-2016
Munich Fantasy FilmFest 17-08-2016
Sarajevo Film Festival 12-08-2016
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 21-07-2016
Montreal Fantasia Int Film Festival 14-07-2016
Transilvania International Film Festival 27-05-2016
Bildrausch Filmfest Basel 25-05-2016
Amsterdam Imagine Film Festival 14-04-2016
Lucca Film Festival 03-04-2016
Berlinale 11-02-2016
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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Reviews and articles

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Almbjerg, 22 December 2016)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Enggaard, 21 December 2016)

Anmeldelse (Information - Nikolajsen, 2 December 2016)

Anmeldelse (BT - Wendt Jensen, 1 December 2016)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Wendt Jensen, 1 December 2016)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Frank Rasmussen, 1 December 2016)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Grundahl, 1 December 2016)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Albrechtsen, 27 October 2016)

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