7 items from 2014
Director: Lukas Moodysson.
Running Time: 102 minutes.
Synopsis: Set during the ’80s, a duo of punk-loving teenage girls, Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin), decide to form their own band. The problem? Neither know how to play an instrument, so they decide to recruit devout Christian and guitar player, Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) to their cause.
We Are The Best is a Swedish film by Lilya 4-ever director, Lukas Moodysson, which is based on the graphic novel written by his wife. Set in 1980s Stockholm, we follow two teenage girls, Bobo and Klara, who are best friends and social outcasts. Although at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of family and personality, they are united by their love for dying music genre, punk.
After becoming fed-up of listening to the heavy-metal band at their local youth club, the pair decide to start »
- Kat Smith
Outcast tween girls in 1980s Stockholm form a band and flip the bird to everyone who tells them punk is dead — and it’s a Lukas Moodysson film? The director is perhaps best known for his devastating, challenging stories — I don’t think I’ve recovered from Lilya 4-Ever — but he shows his softer side with this adaptation of his wife Coco’s graphic novel Never Goodnight. We Are the Best! isn’t a brutal tale of human trafficking and isolation like Lilya, but Moodysson is still a master at revealing the inner lives of others — in this case, the alienation that rebellious girls Bobo, Klara and Hedwig feel as they try to find their place at school, at home and with each other. There’s no American release date planned for the...
- Alison Nastasi
While we don't have a full review up just yet, Lukas Moodysson's "We Are The Best!" made a strong enough impression on us on the festival circuit, that it made the honorable mentions of our list of The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen. While the filmmaker is perhaps best known for his grittier fare such as “Lilja 4-ever," “Together," and “Mammoth," for his latest he turns in a different direction. Set in early-1980s Stockholm, and starring Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne, the story follows three teenage girls who form a punk rock group and let their new ethos spread into every aspect of their education, friendships, and family lives. Sounds like a unique take on the coming-of-age tale, and it's based on the actual experiences of Moodysson's wife, Coco Moodysoon, whose graphic novel “Never Goodnight," was adapted for the film. "We Are The Best!" plays »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
As the contemporary director most obsessed with the idea of obsession, Aronofsky would be a great fit for an episode or whole season of True Detective. Often, in the more intelligent entries in the genre, detective series focus not just on plot but on how the horrific events that take place within the plot affect the characters we’re following. The first season of True Detective was pretty much a vehicle for looking at the Rust-Marty relationship. Aronofsky’s resume is full of character studies, such as The Wrestler and Black Swan. But it’s that obsession – the kind that kept Rust on the Dora Lange case long after he walked away from being a detective – that Aronofsky would be able to bring out. On top of that, Aronofsky’s visual storytelling suits Pizzolatto’s content – at least what we’ve seen of it. It’s easy to »
With a slate of films during the ‘00s including “Lilja 4-ever," “Together," and “Mammoth," director Lukas Moodysson may not seem the most apt director for an upbeat, crowd-pleasing period rock drama. Yet that’s exactly what he’s done across the world with his new film “We Are The Best!” and a brand new trailer has landed to showcase the unique type of tale that Moodysson has concocted. Based on Moodysson’s wife Coco’s graphic novel “Never Goodnight”, the film follows three tween girls—Bobo, Klara, and Hedwig—in 1985 Stockholm who form a punk rock group and let their new ethos spread into every aspect of their education, friendships, and family lives. Showings at Venice, Tiff, and AFI Fest last year led to solid critical notices all around, we named the film as an Honorable Mention in our piece on the Best Upcoming Films of 2014. A U.K. release »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The Bridge 2 ends on Saturday, having rekindled our passion for all things Nordic. Kim Bodnia, one half of TV's oddest cop couple, tries to get his head round the show's runaway success
On Saturday night, an estimated one million Britons will sit down for two hours to watch the finale of a 10-part cop drama, The Bridge, filmed in two languages (Swedish and Danish) that they've never even aspired to understand, still less speak.
Many more will have set their hard drives, and will struggle to get through the weekend trying not to learn how TV's most diverting odd couple, Malmö detective Saga Norén and her Copenhagen counterpart Martin Rohde, will solve the case of the eco-terrorists who've been poisoning their blameless citizens with pneumonic plague virus.
What's going on? Surely the Scandi-drama cupboard is bare, having been raided so many times in recent years by BBC4 commissioning editors desperate »
- Stuart Jeffries
7 items from 2014
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