Having recently returned to Sweden from London, Stina arrives at a summerhouse by the sea to join family, friends and new acquaintances in celebrating the birthday of her cousin, Carl. Filled with memories of the idyllic summers of her youth, Stina is torn between her fraught love for British boyfriend Nick, and her long-held adoration of Carl. As the tension mounts – Nick’s increasing alienation fuelling his suspicions about the nature of Stina’s relationship with Carl – the film finally erupts in a drunken riot of ostracism, betrayal and infidelity.

The fiction feature debut of London-based Swedish filmmakers Marcus Werner Hed and Johan von Reybekiel, Summer House places its story of urbane, European young adults within a distinctly Scandinavian, communal setting. The film’s loose production process – involving improvisation, psychodrama exercises and character workshopping – is evident in its bracing, fluid realism and the sheer intensity of its expressive performances. Shot largely in natural light, the film’s handheld camera grows increasingly restless as the narrative tension builds towards a dramatic climax.

A meditation on the nature of love and relationships and the narcissistic abandon of the modern twenty- and thirty-something, Summer House acutely captures the hedonism of youth and the messiness of modern life.

Written and Directed by Johan Von Reybekiel & Marcus Werner Hed
Produced by Bibi Lacroix
Executive Producers Marcus Werner Hed & Jeremy Valender
Director of Photography Jeremy Valender
Production Designer Aron Heinemann & Disa Braunerhielm
Post Production Supervisor Michael Sevholt
Costumer Designer Nina Andersson
Line Producer Nicholas Middleton
Music Ylva Fred & Max Graef

Editor Martin Hunter
Dialogue Editor Matthias Goebel
Sound Recordist Robin Green
Adr Recordist Nick Kim
Foley Mixer Mark Lafbery
Sound Re-recording Pip Norton
Foley Artist Jack Stew
Adr Recordist/ Supervising sound editor Franziska Treutler
Visual Effects Christer Engström

Dit Hopi Allard
Digital Imaging Technician Assistant Anaïde Chirinan
First Assistant Camera Chris O’Driscoll
Second Assistant Camera Chris Vickers
Assistant Camera Christopher Vickers

Casting Consultant Stina Persson
Wardrobe Nina Anderson
Additional Editor Hopi Allard
Assistant Editor Judith Allen
Assistant Editor Anaïde Chirinan
Post-Production Assistant Madeleine Edlund
Post-Production Assistant Peter-Lee Scott
Colourist Fateh Shams
Assistant Editor Maria Söderblom

Location Assistant Ian De Reybekill
Supervising Accountant Mario Inchenko
Production Assistant Pernille Karlsen
Line Producer/ Production Assistant Nicholas Middleton
Location Manager Anne-Christine Reybekie