BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
The Genius and the Boys

The Genius and the Boys

ORIGINAL TITLE:
The Genius and the Boys
Sverige / 2009 / 90 min
DIRECTOR:
Bosse Lindquist
Genius, pedophile or both?

GENIUS AND THE BOYS tells the story of Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, the brilliant scientist who in 1976 became the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Gajdusek was a scientific genius of the rarest caliber, and like many such geniuses, he displayed quite a bit of eccentric behaviour. Initially, he was merely surrounded by rumours about his somewhat odd relationship with his many adopted children. But as time went on, he was frequently called out on allegations of pedophilia.

Bosse Lindquist

Bosse Lindquist (born 1954) is a Swedish writer, producer and director of documentaries and also chief manager of the documentary department at Radio Sweden. He has made many award winning films since 1988. Of his many successes we can mention THE REBELS from 2005 about a Maoist extremist group in Sweden, the radio documentary THE SILENCE OF PHNOM PENH from 1999 about Swedish support to Pol Pot and ONCE, I WAS KOREAN from 2002 about adoption from South Korea to Sweden.