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For their first collaboration, directors Petra Costa and Lea Glob have developed a dark look into the mind of a pregnant actress and the challenges she faces when trying to succeed.
In “Olmo and the Seagull,” actress Olivia prepares for the starring role of Arkadina in a theatrical production of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” As she begins to prepare for the role, she learns that she is pregnant. At first, she is ready to take on both the pregnancy and the character, but she soon faces setbacks that threaten her pregnancy and clash with her success as an actress. In “Black Swan” fashion, Olivia looks into the mirror and sees herself as both female characters of the play: Arkadina, the aging actress, and Nina, the increasingly chaotic actress.
The film is set to screen at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival in the Concorso Cineasti Del Presente category on August 10. Check out the trailer above.