The Scars of Ali Boulala (2021) – Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

Kasarmikatu 46-48, 00130 Helsinki
Savoy Theatre

The Swedish skateboarder gained infamy throughout his professional career for his daring stunts and his punk rock attitude (and attire). With camcorders constantly rolling, Boulala is seen taking dangerous drops off the roof of an eight-foot-high shed and making multiple attempts to ollie over a 50 step concrete staircase.

(…) Growing up in Sweden, Boulala had a preternatural talent for skating, and the sport consumed the majority of his waking hours. His abilities soon drew international attention, bringing with it sponsorships and touring opportunities. Barely into his teens and surrounded by a gaggle of other adrenaline junkies, Boulala got wilder as he went. Fueling his days was a steady diet of drugs and alcohol.

Robert Ham, Pop Matters

Years later, the young man who was once as fearless as they come still struggles to put the pieces of his life back together. With intimate footage of his childhood along with interviews by those who knew him well, this documentary gives you a glimpse of a beautiful life that slowly comes crashing down.

Malika Harris, Irish Film Critic

Theme: Lifestyle
Country: Sweden
Director: Max Eriksson
Screenplay: Mikel Cee Karlsson, Max Eriksson
Production: Mario Adamson, Ashley J. Smith / Sisyfos Film Production AB
Duration: 100 min
Age limit: K16

Language: Swedish
Subtitles: English
Distribution: Lucky Dogs
Cinematography: Ivan Blanco, Jonas Embring
Editing: Mikel Cee Karlsson
Music: Warren Ellis
Sound: Thomas Angell Endresen, Yngve Leidulv Sætre