by Johanna Pyykkö

Next Step 2019


Feature Film

In Ebba, Johanna delves once again into feminine desire and social domination. The eponymous character is an 18-year-old young woman who tries to make ends meet as a cleaning woman in the see-front offices in Oslo. A lonely daydreamer, Ebba lives in the basement of a upper-class family’s house whose keys she keeps while they are away for their summer holiday. One evening she comes across a distressed, wounded man on the pier. He seems to have lost his memory. Ebba finds his papers and discovers he’s Bulgarian. Unsettled by his beauty, she decides to give him shelter and make him believe he’s her boyfriend. How far will Ebba go with her social, emotional and sexual deceit?
At its very core, Johanna wants this film to be a complex, dark and exciting portrayal of feminine desire. A precise and subversive account of deceit, turning domination on its head.