Ali Abbasi, Denmark, 2016

90 min.DK/FeatureHorror

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.
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Original title Shelley
Danish title Shelley
Director Ali Abbasi
Screenplay Maren Louise Käehne, Ali Abbasi
Producer Jacob Jarek
Director of Photography Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, Nadim Carlsen
Editor Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Sound Rune Bjerre Sand
Composer Martin Juel Dirkov
Production designer Sabine Hviid, Kristine Køster
Appearance Cosmina Stratan, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Peter Christoffersen, Kenneth M. Christensen
Production country Denmark, Sweden
Dialogue language Danish,English,Rumænsk,Swedish
Domestic distribution Scanbox
International sales Indie Sales
Danish theatrical release 01.12.2016
Cinemas Gloria, København
Øst for paradis, Aarhus
Cafébiografen, Odense
Biffen, Aalborg
Comment Feature debut by Ali Abbasi. The film world premiered in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama programme 2016 and has since been selected for a number of festivals, including Munich, Sarajevo and Montreal. Abbasi's follow-up 'Border' (2018) won the main prize at the Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard.
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Profile Pictures
Co-production Solid Entertainment AB
With support from New Danish Screen, Film i Skåne
Domestic distribution Scanbox


Direction Ali Abbasi
Assistant director Jannich Grønnemose


Screenplay Maren Louise Käehne
Screenplay Ali Abbasi


Producer Jacob Jarek
Line producer Jacob Jarek
Production Jacob Svensson
Production Toke Thrane-Hanghøj
Unit manager Jannich Grønnemose
Unit manager Nikolaj Storgaard Mortensen
Location scout Anders Banke


Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Cinematographer Nadim Carlsen
First assistant camera Anne Skamris

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Ib Valentin
Gaffer Marcin Bugacki


Editor Olivia Neergaard-Holm


Composer Martin Juel Dirkov

Production design

Production designer Sabine Hviid
Production designer Kristine Køster
Set dresser Mina Lejbølle


Key costumer Camilla Nordbjerg Olsen


Chief makeup artist Camilla Nordbjerg Olsen


Sound engineer Rune Bjerre Sand

Visual effects

VFX supervisor Peter Hjorth


Elena Cosmina Stratan
Louise Ellen Dorrit Petersen
Kasper Peter Christoffersen
Simon Kenneth M. Christensen
Nanna Patricia Schumann
Leo Björn Andresen
Isabella Marianne Mortensen
Sigurd Marlon Kindberg Bach

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Type Source Author Date
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Almbjerg, Sarah Iben 2016-12-22
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Enggaard, Michael 2016-12-21
Anmeldelse Information Nikolajsen, Lone 2016-12-02
Anmeldelse BT Wendt Jensen, Jacob 2016-12-01
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Wendt Jensen, Jacob 2016-12-01
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Frank Rasmussen, Nanna 2016-12-01
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Grundahl, Joakim 2016-12-01
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Albrechtsen, Peter 2016-10-27