Heartfelt and devastating, the three-part Conversations of Love Lost series by Swedish director Sheila Johannsson sensitively captures the universal pain of experiencing love 'that doesn’t last forever'
Released exclusively by Vogue Scandinavia in collaboration with production company new—land, Conversations of Love Lost is the independent short film directorial debut of Stockholm-based Sheila Johansson.
The Break-Up is the first of the three shorts in Johansson's series, shot in Denmark and starring rising Scandinavian stars Fanny Bornedal and Anton Hjejle. In Johansson's words, the film captures that moment of meeting up some time after a break-up, to share some final words... and also because you need to get that set of apartment keys back.
"This is not about your first love or your last love, but it’s the love you become an adult with. It wasn't a super dramatic ending to the relationship, it was just love that lost its way. Two people who grew apart, but it was you who took the decision. And as they healed while you felt free, they met someone else way earlier than you expected. So now you regret that you took the decision before them. Now you’re 'alone' and they are in 'love' and you can’t be mad because you were the one that ended it. When you meet for your last conversation you realise that the person you loved will never look at you in the same way again – because you broke their heart first," Johansson says.
Directed by Sheila Johansson
Written by Sheila Johansson & Sissela Nelander
Starring: Fanny Bornedal and Anton Hjejle
Producer: Amelie Svenstedt
Line Producer: Tobias Vestergaard
Executive Producer: Sara Samsøe
Director of Photography: Tim Lorentzén
Editor: Nikolaus Kohler
Editor's Assistant: Joel Sjöström
Colourist: Nicke Cantarelli
Sound Designer: Martin Mighetto
Title Design & Artwork: Albin Holmqvist