Pella Kagerman is a Swedish film director and screenwriter who is best known for her work on the 2015 drama thriller “Border” and the 2017 science fiction drama “Aniara”.
Kagerman was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1977. Growing up, she was an avid reader, a passion that would later lead her to pursue film-making. After completing high school, she attended the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 2002. She then began working as an assistant director for various productions in Sweden, eventually directing her own short films.
In 2015, Kagerman made her feature-length debut with “Border”, a drama thriller about a customs officer with the ability to smell crime. The film was praised by critics for its unique visual style and compelling story. It was also nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2017, Kagerman released her second feature film, “Aniara”, a science fiction drama based on an epic poem by Swedish Nobel Prize winning poet Harry Martinson. The film follows a group of space colonists who are stranded in space after their ship is knocked off course. It was met with critical acclaim, earning Kagerman the Best Director award at the Guldbagge Awards, the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards.
Outside of filmmaking, Kagerman is an avid sports fan and enjoys mountain biking, running, and skiing. She is also passionate about animal rights and environmental issues and is an advocate for sustainable living.
Kagerman’s work has been praised for its poetic visual style and emotional complexity. She is a unique voice in Swedish cinema and has been credited with bringing a new perspective to the genre. She is an acclaimed director whose work continues to challenge and inspire viewers.