Oskar, an average student, boards a train home after his interview in Stockholm. While Oskar informs his family of the result, he discovers an Arab boy, Ahmad, sitting across him. Oskar can’t take his eyes off him. Ahmad also keeps staring at Oskar—he seems to be on the same wavelength. As night falls, the passengers start to dose off but the two boys do not get a wink of sleep. Tension heightens between them. depicts the first moment Oskar grows aware of his sexual orientation. Oskar is perplexed by his own attraction towards a stranger of the same sex. The film sensually portrays the tension between them. Though they only exchange names, their emotions are visually amplified to the point where it almost feels tactile.
2021 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films
2020 Venice Film Festival
Jerry Carlsson graduated from Valand Academy. His award-winning short films have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including Locarno, Tribeca and Clermont-Ferrand, where his short film received both the Special Jury Prize and the Canal+ Award in 2018.