Orlando and Mikael go under the knife in hope of finding their true selves, only to realize that life on the other side isn’t as they had dreamed of. Now, well into their 60s, the two meet for the first time to talk about their lives as well as the one defining regret they both share: their sex change.
Directed by Marcus Lindeen.
September 9, 2011: Regretters is awarded as ”The Best TV Documentary” by Kristallen, the Swedish Television Award Foundation.
January 24, 2011: Regretters is awarded a Guldbagge for Best Documentary at The Swedish Academy Awards.
October, 2010: Regretters awarded the Jury Prize at Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
September 29, 2010: Regretters awarded Best Documentary at Queer Lisboa.
March 18, 2010: Regretters is officially released in Sweden.
Festivals & Screenings
Göteborg International Film Festival, Jan 19 - Feb 8
Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Stockholm March 10-14
BFI London Lesbian & Gay FilmFestival, March 17-31
Full frame documentary film festival, Durham, April 8-11
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Toronto April 21-May 9
Inside Out LGBT Festival, Toronto May 20-30
AFI Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival, Washington DC June 21-27
Tokyo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 16-18/7
Expresion en Corto, Mexico, July 23/7-1/8
GAZE Film Festival, Dublin 29/7-2/8
Liverpool Pride Festival 8/8
Athens Int. Film Festival, 15- 26/9
Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 17-25/9
Nordisk Panorama, Bergen 24-29/9
Hamburg Int. Queer Film Festival 19-24/10
Nordic Film Days, Lübeck 3-7/11
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen 4-14/11
RIDM, Montreal Int. Documentary Festival, 10-21/11
Queersicht Film Festival, Bern 12/11
Pornfilmfestival Berlin 28-31/10
National Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 7/12-23/1
Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago 4/2
Boulder Int. Film Festival, Boulder 18/2
Documentary Fortnight at MoMA, New York City, 16-28/2
Krakow International Film Festival, Krakow, 23-29/5
Out Takes Reel Queer Film Festival, New Zealand, 26/5-12/6
Tel Aviv Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Tel Aviv
Identities Queer Film Festival, Vienna, 2-12/6
More venues to be announced.
Regretters is a film that stays with you long after you finish watching it, beautiful in both style and substance, and definitely one of the most thought-provoking films I’ve seen this year.
The Documentary Blog
Absolutely stellar filmmaking here, providing enlightened, frank and beautiful portraits to share with the audience. It’s a must-see.
The best film of the year is probably already here. Completely and utterly breathtaking and amazing. You. Must. See. It.
Cinema, Swedish Film Magazine
Regretters is one of the best Swedish documentaries I have ever seen.
Svenska Dagbladet, The Swedish Daily Paper
One of the most dazzling documentary films in ages. I have rarely seen a film with this much SOUL.
P3 Kultur, The National Swedish Radio
Excellent… I was blown away in the cinema.
Whoever gave talking heads a bad name should bow their head in shame when confronted with Regretters. Marcus Lindeen’s sensitive portrait of two men in conversation is a stunning testimony to the magic of a face, a meeting and the potency of sharing your life story. A complete and highly intense film.
DOX, The European Documentary Magazine