The Ape (2009 film)

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The Ape
Apan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jesper Ganslandt
Produced by Jesper Kurlandsky
Written by Jesper Ganslandt
Starring Olle Sarri
Music by Erik Enocksson
Cinematography Fredrik Wenzel
Edited by Jesper Ganslandt
Fasad AB
Distributed by Nordisk Film
Release date
  • 3 September 2009 (2009-09-03) (Venice)
  • 23 October 2009 (2009-10-23) (Sweden)
Running time
81 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

The Ape (Swedish: Apan) is a 2009 Swedish drama film directed by Jesper Ganslandt. It is Ganslandt's second feature film, following Falkenberg Farewell from 2006. Inspired by British director Mike Leigh, the film uses an unconventional method where the lead actor, Olle Sarri, wasn't allowed to read the script. Instead he was led to locations and instructed before the filming of each scene, unaware of the full plot until filming was completed.[1] The title comes from an anecdote composer Erik Enocksson once told the director, where he while travelling on a packed bus suddenly got the feeling that all people around him were apes.[2]


  • Olle Sarri as Krister
  • Françoise Joyce as the mother
  • Sean Pietrulewicz as the son
  • Niclas Gillis as Jonas
  • Samuel Haus as Jonas' friend
  • Eva Rexed as driving school student
  • Lennart Andersson as the neighbour
  • Lena Carlsson as the wife
  • Thore Flygel as salesman
  • Anders Johannisson as man in the square
  • Sonny Johnson as Police


The Ape premiered on 3 September 2009 at the Venice Film Festival, in the section Venice Days.[3] It was subsequently shown as part of the Vanguard section at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and at the London International Film Festival, in October 2009.[4]


  1. ^ (2009-08-31) "Ett svenskt filmlöfte" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  2. ^ Strage, Fredrik (2008-12-08) "Den hemlighetsfulle regissören" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ Screenings Schedule - 3 September. Venice Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  4. ^ Films & Schedules - The Ape.Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-08-26.

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