Saga Becker is the first Swedish transgender to win the National Film Award

Saga Becker has made history by becoming the first Swedish transgender person to receive the National Film Award (Guldbagge). On Monday, she won Best Actress for her performance in Something Must Break, beating Lisa Loven Kongsli in the six-Guldbagge winner Force Majeure and Vera Vitali, who stars in Ulf Malmros’ drama My So-Called Father. With such a successful start to her career, Saga Becker has her gaze fixed on new and diverse projects.
This is amazing, very overwhelming! It took some time before I realized everything. As a transgender person, this is a spark for something new, which opens up for the world and people around the society. And that’s the most important thing, says Saga Becker.

In Something Must Break Becker plays Sebastian a queer, androgynous twenty-something. Aimless and fed up with unfulfilling sexual experiences in grungy, modern day Stockholm, Sebastian meets Andreas by chance, a straight man who nevertheless can’t resist Sebastian’s charm. As their relationship deepens, Ellie appears – the superwoman growing inside of Sebastian who Andreas loves and fears.

Something Must Break has been shown in more than forty festivals all over the world during 2014, and it will be presented in Cleveland, Guadalajara and Dublin film festivals in 2015. The film has won ten awards, including the Grand Jury Award in Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival or Best Film and Best Performance for Saga Becker in the Lisbon International Queer Film Festival.


From the Swedish Film Institute

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.