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‘Most Beautiful Boy within the World’ Directors on Björn

“The Most Beautiful Boy in the World” filmmakers Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri knew it was very important that movie topic Björn Andrésen return to Japan in his maturity, years after the actor’s first expertise there “terrified” him.

The documentary follows Andrésen, as soon as dubbed by the media as “the most beautiful boy in the world,” and reveals how his life modified after he shot to sudden fame along with his position within the 1971 movie “Death in Venice.” After the discharge of the movie, the then-teenager spent a number of time in Japan, the place the movie grew to become in style, and recorded a number of pop songs there. In the documentary, the Swedish-born actor finds himself again in Japan at a karaoke bar, singing a music in Japanese that he recorded years prior.

“When he went there in his youth, he hated going there and he was scared most of the time,” Petri informed TheWrap’s Brian Welk throughout TheWrap’s Sundance Studio offered by NFP and National Geographic. “He was sitting locked in a hotel room and there were screaming girls outside the hotel, screaming ‘Björn!’ and he was terrified.”

Lindström added, “He said, ‘I made sure no one could listen to these songs.’ And then when we came to Japan and talked to people, they all said, ‘He sings such perfect Japanese,’ and he just started to like them.”

Petri mentioned it was an vital second for Andrésen, who was lastly in a position to “reclaim his experience and the place of Japan as another way, as an adult.”

“The Most Beautiful Boy in the World” premiered on the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 29, and was acquired by Juno Films forward of the competition.

Watch the complete interview with Lindström and Petri above.

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