Marcus Lindeen is an artist, writer and director. He studied directing at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and made his debut with Regretters, both a theater play and a documentary film about two Swedish men who change their sex twice. The play was translated into several languages and the film went on to win numerous awards. Among them the prestigious Prix Europa for best European documentary in Berlin in 2010. Regretters also picked up both the Swedish Academy Award (Guldbagge) and Kristallen (Swedish Emmy) for best documentary film in 2011. Besides touring a ton of festivals, the film was also screened at MoMA in New York and The National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow.
In 2011 his second film Accidentes Gloriosos premiered at The Venice Film Festival and won the prize for best medium-length film in the Orizzonti section. It’s an experimental fiction in black-and-white that deals with car crashes, sexual adventures and bottomless holes. The film also screened in the festival Hors Pistes at Centre Pompidou in Paris.
In 2012 his play The Archive of Unrealized Dreams and Visions opened at Stockholms Stadsteater. The production is based on unfinished and never seen film scripts by Ingmar Bergman. Lindeen’s theater work has also been produced and presented for Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic theater in Stockholm), Riksteatern (The National Touring Company of Sweden), The National Theater in Oslo and The Schaubühne in Berlin. His latest production, A Generation Lost (2013), about youth unemployment, was produced for The Royal Dramatic Theater (Dramaten) and went on to be performed in The Swedish Parliament and broadcasted on National Swedish Television. The same year he was commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm to create the performance Wild Minds, which in 2016 was invited to perform at The Schaubühne in Berlin.
His latest film, The Raft, premiered at CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen where it picked up the main award. The film is about the 1973 Acali expedition, where eleven people drifted across the Atlantic in a social study to understand violence. In the film he reunites the still living crew members on a life-size replica of the original raft. The film is the second installment in a trilogy of studio-based documentary films, where Regretters is the first.
The replica used in The Raft has also been presented as an interactive art installation with video and sound work that was commissioned by and exhibited at Centre Pompidou in Paris (2017). The installation is currently on display at Charlottenborg Kunsthal in Copenhagen (until 22nd of May 2018).