Sara Blomqvist: Sommarstället

The Model Steps Off the Runway and Into a Lost Weekend in Her Native Sweden

Sara Blomqvist makes her feature film debut in today’s bespoke excerpt of Sommarstället (Summerhouse), the latest from directors Marcus Werner Hed and Johan von Reybekiel. An exploration of frayed relationships and clandestine encounters, the film is set over a weekend of hedonism in a remote corner on the west coast of Sweden. “Acting is something I feel like I’ve done my whole life,” says Blomqvist, who has graced the catwalks of Chanel, Saint Laurent and Kenzo, and fronted campaigns for Missoni and Dolce & Gabbana. “But to really get into another person’s train of thought was something I’ve never experienced before.” Playing the lead protagonist, Stina, the actress finds herself torn between her fractured love for her boyfriend and her mounting desire for her cousin, Carl, whose birthday the group are celebrating. “We hope it captures some of our generation’s traits,” says Werner Hed, who with Von Reybekiel relied heavily on improvisation and used a handheld camera to achieve a realist aesthetic. “A generation who takes responsibility, but maybe only when it’s too late.”

Sommarstället premieres at Raindance Film Festival, UK, on October 3.

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