Acclaimed Swedish actress Helena Bergström’s production of August Strindberg’s 1888 play “Miss Julie” has been made into a feature film called “Julie,” and it is Bergström’s hope that young Swedes will find their way to Strindberg himself through it.
“It (the play) raises questions that I think are extremely important to ask right now,” explains Bergström, who made her directorial debut in 2007 with “Se upp för dårarna.” Bergström’s “Miss Julie” was played at Stockholm stadsteater in 2011 to good reviews, but she kept thinking of it as a film. “I immediately thought how I wanted to turn it into a film.” And on March 1, “Julie” the film will premiere, with the same actors who did the play in 2011: Nadja Mirmiran as Julie, Björn Bengtsson as Jean and Sofi Helleday as Kristin.
“These elementary things that the play is about are things we ought to talk about all the time, but now more than ever we must we do it as we are caught up in this society of achievement.” Bergström believes that being on public view and the image of a happy life spread through social media like Facebook and Instagram, make many unhappy. “I think it makes a lot of people feel extremely lonely,” she says. “And many people have the same feeling as Julie. I interpret Julie’s story as lacking an identity.”