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EASY MONEY

Sweden / Germany / Denmark, 2010 (MIFF 2012, Facing North: Swedish Cinema in Focus)

Director: Daniél Espinosa

“It is smart and sexy and thrilling and shocking.” - Twitch

Based on the best-selling book (the first in a trilogy) by practising Swedish defence lawyer Jens Lapidus, this tautly directed crime thriller criss-crosses between the lives of three very different characters. Penniless but handsome JW (Joel Kinnaman, TV's The Killing) is faking it in Stockholm's upper class. A need for money lures him into the city's drug underworld, where his destiny becomes entwined with that of Jorge, a low-level Chilean dealer, and Mrado, a truly frightening enforcer.

Equally a character-based morality tale, this multi-layered story exposes the extremes of society in contemporary Stockholm in a way that takes it beyond the genre.

“I was deeply impressed by the harsh, elemental style… Easy Money is a tough story and a film to be reckoned with.” - Martin Scorsese

D Daniél Espinosa P Fredrik Wikström S Maria Karlsson Dist Madman Entertainment L Swedish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

See the film and read the book; browse online at Readings.

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