Min börda

The Burden
An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones, divided into four episodes which take place in a supermarket, a long-stay hotel, a call centre and a fast-food restaurant. All of the settings are located in a modern, generic shopping mall next to a large motorway. Guests and employees, all of them animals, lament in song and dance their existential fears, their loneliness in the modern working world, the empty promises of consumerism and the time wasted as a result.
by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
with Olof Wretling, Sven Björklund, Mattias Fransson, Carl Englén
Sweden 2017 Swedish 14’ Colour


  • Olof Wretling
  • Sven Björklund
  • Mattias Fransson
  • Carl Englén


Written and Directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Cinematography Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Editing Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Music Hans Appelqvist
Sound Design Hans Appelqvist
Sound Owe Svensson, Hans Appelqvist
Costumes Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Producer Kalle Wettre
Co-Production Film i Väst Trollhättan

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Niki Lindroth von Bahr

The Stockholm-based artist and animator’s short films have screened at international festivals including the Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto and Sundance, with The Burden so far winning 83 awards including the Swedish Guldbagge for Best Short Film. Alongside her film production work, she is also a sculptor and costume designer who has collaborated with artists such as Fever Ray and David Bowie.

Filmography (short films)

2006 En natt i Moskva (A Night in Moscow) 2010 Tord och Tord (Tord and Tord) 2014 Simhall (Bath House) 2017 Min börda (The Burden) 2019 Något att minnas (Something to Remember)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020