PLEASURE World Cinema


Bella Cherry is an ambitious young woman. She arrives in Los Angeles from a small town in Sweden to pursue her dreams of stardom – in the adult film industry.

A times raw and explicit, PLEASURE explores a male-dominated industry from an uncompromising female point of view. Bella is confident and determined, but also naïve with her plans for fame. She negotiates power structures between her new friends and colleagues while navigating the grueling and psychological nature of the work. Writer-Director Ninja Thyberg crafts a powerful and authentic debut feature that challenges our ideas of consent, ambition and independence. –Sarah Harris

Ninja Thyberg is a Swedish writer and director. She has made several short films including the short version of PLEASURE (2013, winner of the Canal+ Award at Cannes) and CATWALK (2015, winner of the Student Visionary Award at Tribeca). Her feature debut, PLEASURE, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.


Country: Sweden, Netherlands, France

Year: 2021

Director: Ninja Thyberg

Screenwriters: Ninja Thyberg, Peter Modestij

Producers: Erik Hemmendorff, Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå

Executive Producers: Pape Boye, Violaine Pichon

Director of Photography: Sophie Winqvist

Editors: Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Amalie Westerlin Tjellesen

Production Designer: Paula Loos

Music: Karl Frid

Cast/Featuring: Sofia Kappel, Evelyn Claire, Jason Toler

Running Time (minutes): 100