R E G R E T T E R S Director - Marcus Lindeen

Producer - Kristina Aberg /  Starring - Orlando Fagin & Mikael Johannesson

Language - Swedish w / English subtitles  /  Length - 60 min /  Distributor - Atmo


Best Documentary, Guldbaggen (Swedish Academy Awards), 2011, Stockholm

Best Documentary, Prix Europa 2010, Berlin
Best Documentary, Queer Lisboa 2010, Portugal
The Jury Prize at Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2010, Germany Honorary Mention Best Documentary, Nordisk Panorama 2010, Norway

"The best film of the year is probably already here. Completely and utterly breathtaking and amazing. You. Must. See. It."

- Swedish Film Magazine Cinema

"Regretters is one of the best Swedish documentaries I have ever seen"

  1. -The Swedish Daily Svenska Dagbladet

”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 EuropeanDocumentary Magazine

Selected Festival History 2010 / 2011

Documentary Fortnight at The Museum of Modern Art, New York,

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, London

Hamburg Int. Queer Film Festival

Silverdocs Film Festival, Washington, DC

Queer Lisboa Film Festival

Tokyo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Stockholm

Gothenburg Int. Film Festival


Though born as men, Mikael and Orlando both change their sex to become women. Now well into their 60s, the two meet for the first time to talk about their lives and, the one defining regret they both share, their sexual reassignment.

Mikael underwent surgery in the mid-90s as a 50 year old, while Orlando was one of the very first sex change patients in Sweden in 1967. Mikael now dresses as a man again and desperately attempts to convince his doctors to change him back. He wears over sized clothing to hide his breasts. Now he finds himself trapped inside a strange body that isn't his. He feels lost between gender, he tells Orlando.

Orlando is an androgynous dandy, dressed in a red velvet suit, donning a single diamond earring. Mikael finds his outfit peculiar. If Orlando regrets his sex-change, why does he continue to dress so feminine? He enjoys living as both: sometimes man, sometimes woman. But there was a time when he did not live life as split-gender. Orlando tells the story of his 11 year marriage to a man who presumed him to be a biological woman, until one afternoon when his secret was revealed.

D I R E C T O R  M A R C U S  L I N D E E N

Marcus Lindeen, born in 1980, is a playwright and director. Before working with film and theater he was a writer and a radio producer. Regretters is his debut as a film director. He graduated in 2008 as a director from Dramatiska Institutet (The National University of Film and Theater) in Stockholm. He made his debut as a director and playwright in 2006 with the stage production of Regretters at Stockholms Stadsteater (Stockholm City Theater). The production was selected as one of the best Swedish contemporary plays by The Royal Dramatic Theater and The National Swedish Television. It was broadcasted on national television in 2009.

Before getting into theater and film, Marcus worked as a journalist. For several years he was hosting the weekly radio show Flipper (a Swedish “This American Life”) on The National Swedish Radio. He also went to art school in Denmark and worked as a freelance writer and radio producer in New York. Right now he is writing on one new commissioned play. He lives in Stockholm.

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