Danish horror film ‘Shelley’ to screen at Berlin


The Danish horror film Shelley, directed by Ali Abbasi, is set to have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, which takes place between the 11th and 21st of February.

Shelley follows Louise and Kasper, a Danish couple who live in an isolated villa in the middle of the forest away from modern life, technology and even electricity. Louise’s biggest dream is to become a mother but she is unable to have children. She finally decides, out of desperation, to seal a pact with her Romanian maid, Elena, who accepts to bear Louise’s child as a surrogate mother in exchange of a large amount of money. But the life growing inside of Elena is taking shape too fast, affecting the lives of everyone like an evil force. Paranoia and horror set in around the inevitable birth.

Shelley received funding from the Danish Film Institute’s talent programme New Danish Screen.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.