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Opens on May 6

Director: Mikko Mäkelä Run Time: 111 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2024

Starring: Hiftu Quasem, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Jonathan Hyde, Lara Rossi, Ruaridh Mollica

Max, a 25-year-old aspiring writer living in London, begins a double life as a sex worker in order to research his debut novel.

In his assured sophomore feature, Finnish-British writer-director Mikko Mäkelä explores the transgressive power of queer sexuality and the transformative impact that can result from embracing a new identity. Far from simply informing his secretly autobiographical fiction writing, Max’s experiences as “Sebastian” awaken a deeper sense of self, unshackled from societal expectations. Ruaridh Mollica impresses in the lead role, embodying Max with an initially hesitant curiosity that blossoms into exhilaration and ease as he becomes subsumed within his nocturnal alias. Eschewing the sensationalism or moralizing that often accompanies stories of sex work, SEBASTIAN instead offers a refreshing, sex-positive take in a film that ultimately celebrates the liberation that accompanies self-exploration.

—Basil Tsiokos, Sundance Film Festival guide

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still from 'Sebastian'


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