When a woman takes a new drug meant to enhance assertiveness by blocking empathy, she ends up locked in a deadly power struggle with her dismissive husband.
Mousy Hana is thrilled to discover a new pill that temporarily disables the empathy center of the brain so that people who have always had trouble putting themselves first can finally get a chance to succeed in life and love. Her husband, Aleksi, calls all the shots in their marriage, largely by criticizing and manipulating her into feeling sorry for him. With the help of the drug, Hana hopes to assert herself and improve their relationship.
At first, the pill seems to be paying off: she’s able to stand up for herself and meet her needs. But there’s a downside: when the drug wears off, all of her guilt comes rushing back. In order to avoid these attacks, Hana increases her dosage and, as a result, begins to lose her humanity.
Into the Uncanny Valley is a psychological horror/thriller with a touch of dark comedy that explores the cost of choosing to live without empathy – a trait traditionally associated with the feminine – in order to succeed in a man’s world.
Born and raised in Sweden, Mikael did his first theatre appearance in a Christmas show at the age of six, and performance has been a major part of his life ever since. At age ten, he started doing theatre in a youth group at Vår Teater (Our Theatre) in Stockholm, and by fourteen he made his professional debut on a popular youth TV show. In high school, Mikael majored in Science with fire-fighting and rescue, but continued to pursue his passion for acting with active participation in a fringe theatre group. After high school he did his compulsory military service, before moving on to do a one-year diploma course in acting at Folkuniversitetet in Stockholm. Mikael then made the move across the Atlantic to Santa Monica, CA, where he attended Santa Monica College and attained an AA-degree in Theatre Arts. Upon graduation, he was accepted onto the Master program at Guildford School of Acting, where he studied with such esteemed performers as Sheila Allen, Paul Brennan, and Ian Ricketts. During his time at GSA, Mikael was awarded the Post Graduate Principals Award for his achievements. After graduation, Mikael moved back to Sweden and worked as an actor, starring in multiple projects, some with international recognition. After a couple of years in Sweden, it became clear that a return to Los Angeles would be the best move for Mikael’s career, so he returned in 2012, and became a permanent resident two years later. Upon his return to Los Angeles he continued his education and graduated from USC School of Dramatic Arts in 2015. During his time at USC, Mikael worked with and learned from prestigious professionals such as Michael Keenan, John DeMita, Andrew Borba, and Eugene Lazarev. Since graduating, Mikael has worked on several on award-winning short films, and during the past year, he has performed in multiple feature films, all set for release in 2020/21.