Fifty years after the premiere of Death in Venice, Kristina
Lindström & Kristian Petri’s celebrated documentary explores the life
of Björn Andrésen, the former teen star who embodied the legendary
character Tadzio and whom director Luchino Visconti dubbed “the most
beautiful boy in the world”.
In 1970, filmmaker Luchino Visconti travelled throughout Europe looking for
the perfect boy to personify absolute beauty in his adaptation for the
screen of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. In Stockholm, he
discovered Björn Andrésen, a shy 15-year-old teenager whom he brought to
international fame overnight and led to spend a short but intense part of
his turbulent youth between the Lido in Venice, London, the Cannes Film
Festival and the so distant Japan. Fifty years after the premiere of Death in Venice, Björn takes us on a remarkable journey made of
personal memories, cinema history, stardust and tragedy.