A Portrait of Esbjörn Svensson

Sweden | 2016 | 59 min
Swedish, English | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Gunnar Källström, Gabriel Mkrttchian
Producer: Jill Helmi
Categories :
FIFA Competition


North American Premiere

This documentary invites us into internationally-renowned Swedish pianist Esbjörn Svensson’s world. Passing away at 44 in a deep-sea diving accident, he was considered one of the most prolific jazz musicians of the early 21st century. This film pays tribute to him, shining a light on this generous and immensely talented musician through a series of testimonies from close family members and famous musicians, such as Pat Metheny and Viktoria Tolstoy. Excerpts from radio shows, where Esbjörn shares his philosophical thoughts on music, life, and death, give Tarrodi’s first cinematic work its uniquely solemn and intimate feel.


David Tarrodi

David Tarrodi started his own film production company in 2006. The reason for it was mainly to make something more out of his greatest interest in life: filming and editing. His company is based in Stockholm and work mainly with producing film for music, documentaries, and filmed performances. Since 2014, Yellow Tone has a close cooperation with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra to create cinematography of the music they play in concert.
Filmography | First major film.

Screenings playing this movie

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal – Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings / Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
Screening # 22
Presented by SWISS FILMS
A Portrait of Esbjörn Svensson
FIFA Competition

A Portrait of Esbjörn Svensson

Sweden | 59 min | 2016

Swedish, English | Subtitles in English

Supersonic Airglow
FIFA Special Screenings

Supersonic Airglow

Switzerland | 50 min | 2017

French, German, English | Subtitles in French