To Madden, the muddy road from the gateway of her family’s farm to the nearby small town seems like a threshold to another world. But in glittery high heels and a sparkling mini dress, she defies obstacles and sets out to cross the dark forest. Malin Ingrid Johansson’s mystical coming-of-age film feels like flipping a light switch in the dark, where a girl’s longing for new horizons is mirrored in bovine gazes shining in the night.
by Malin Ingrid Johansson
with Irma Hallberg, Theodora Alm Norell, Maria Alm Norell, Mathias Olofsson
Sweden 2023 Swedish 13’ International premiere recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Irma Hallberg (Madden)
  • Theodora Alm Norell (Alma)
  • Maria Alm Norell (Mother)
  • Mathias Olofsson (Father)


Director Malin Ingrid Johansson
Screenplay Malin Ingrid Johansson
Cinematography Stellan Runge
Editing Kristofer Nordin
Music Håkan Eriksson
Sound David Kuuse
Production Design My Slögher
Costumes Julia Tegström
Make-Up Soley Astudottir
Casting Freja Svensson, Fredrik Fornänger
Production Manager Ludwig Ljung
Producers Joel Rostmark, Adam Holmström, Andrea Gyllenskiöld, Victor Lindström
Co-Production Film i Väst Göteborg
SVT Stockholm

Malin Ingrid Johansson

The director was born and raised on a farm in the Swedish countryside. She began working as a stills photographer before moving on to directing music videos, art films and shorts.


2023 Madden; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023