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Sweden, 2009 (MIFF 2012, Facing North: Swedish Cinema in Focus)

Director: Lisa Langseth

"Destined to be remembered as the film that made riveting 22-year-old Alicia Vikander a star in her big-screen debut." - Variety

When aimless 20-year-old former prostitute and high-school dropout Katerina sees Mozart's Requiem on YouTube she decides this is the world she wants to live in. Burning all her bridges, she wheedles her way into a receptionist's job at the Gothenburg Symphony and, in quick succession, into a sexual relationship with the callous conductor that takes her into dangerous territory.

Lisa Langseth's debut drama explores the quiet desperation in issues of class and culture with an un-melodramatic intensity, aided by a sensational breakthrough performance from lead Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, the upcoming Anna Karenina). The film was recognised with gongs for Best Actress and Best Script at the Swedish Film Awards.

“Strong writing, clever use of music and confidently nuanced visuals mark… Langseth as a talent to watch.” - Variety

Screens with Girl (Sweden, 14 mins).

D/S Lisa Langseth P Helen Ahlsson WS TrustNordisk L Swedish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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