Oslo, 1987. Determined to escape his traditional upbringing, 17 year-old Euronymous (Rory Culkin) becomes fixated on creating ‘true Norwegian black metal’ with his band Mayhem. As he works to create increasingly shocking publicity stunts to put the band’s name on the map, the lines between show and reality start to blur as his bandmates come to believe the hype. Arson, violence and finally, a vicious murder shock the nation.

Director Jonas Åkerlund

Writer Jonas Åkerlund (Spun, Small Apartments, Horsemen)

Cast Rory Culkin (Hick,Signs), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn, The gambler), Sky Ferreira (Twin Peaks, Elvis & Nixon)

Producers Jack Arbuthnott (Cracks), Jim Czarnecki (Bowling for Columbia), Danny Gabai (The Bad Batch), Enza Sands, Jack Arbuthnott (Mindhorn, Bad Santa), Ko Mori (Man from Reno)

Production Credits Vice Films, Scott Free London, RSA Films, Eleven Arts

Jonas Åkerlund

Renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is an internationally awarded director of music videos, commercials, documentaries, stage shows and feature films. With a love of the arts, Jonas endeavors to explore all facets and mediums in the art world. He has reinvented music videos and brings his highly visual aesthetic into his feature films, marrying lyrical style with grounded realism. Åkerlund was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory from 1983 to 1984. His recent film credits include Small Apartments starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal and Johnny Knoxville and Homesman starring Dennis Quaid and Zhang Ziyi.

Festival Section Year Location
Sundance - Midnight sectionUS