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Nff Review: Beyond

Director: Pernilla August

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Ola Rapace, Tehilla Blad

Running time: 89 mins

Plot: Leena reluctantly rushes to her mother’s deathbed, and attempts to come to terms and forgive her mother for the horrible childhood she was forced to endure.

This critically-acclaimed film from Sweden is the incredible first feature by Swedish mega star-turned-director Pernilla August (best known internationally for playing Anakin Skywalker’s mother). August has co-written the film, loosely based on the novel ‘Svinalängorna’ by Susanna Alakoski. It debuted at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in 2010 and received the International Critic’s Week Award.

As Leena (Noomi Rapace) finds her way to her mother’s deathbed she deals with childhood memories which become more vivid the closer she gets to the home of her miserable childhood. August depicts a gripping and unapologetic story where nothing is off limits. We’re shown young children having to clean up their parents’ faeces,
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Online Gamer Falls for the Rat King

As avid gamers, we often wonder how people who become obsessed with online hijinx can get along outside of the cyber world. Everyone knows at least one person who's addicted to World of Warcraft to this very day. It was only a matter of time before things turned deadly.

Below you'll find the trailer and art for Rat King, which is making the rounds at this year's Efm in Berlin. The flick is directed by Finnish filmmaker Petri Kotwica and stars Max Ovaska, Julius Lavonen, Nina Koponen, Outi Mäenpää, and Janne Virtanen.


Juri, 18, is seriously addicted to online gaming, so much so he becomes isolated from his single mother and his girlfriend is about to leave him. He decides to quit but is soon lured back by one of his net-mates, Niki, also 18, who, when they meet for the first time, turns out to look strikingly like Juri. Niki
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Noomi Rapace, Pernilla August, Beyond: Guldbagge (Sweden's Oscar) Nominations

Noomi Rapace, Beyond Pernilla August-Noomi Rapace Drama Beyond Tops Guldbagge Nominations Best Film Simple Simon Sebbe Beyond Best Foreign Language Film Fish Tank, dir Andrea Arnold Lourdes, dir Jessica Hausner The Social Network, dir David Fincher Best Director Pernilla August, Beyond Lisa Langseth, Pure Babak Najafi, Sebbe Best actress in a leading role Pernilla August, Miss Kicki Noomi Rapace, Beyond Alicia Vikander, Pure Best actor in a leading role Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs, Sebbe Joel Kinnaman, Easy Money Bill Skarsgård, Simple Simon Best actress in a supporting role Tehilla Blad, Beyond Cecilia Forss, Simple Simon Outi Mäenpää, Beyond Best actor in a supporting role Peter Dalle, Behind Blue Skies David Dencik, Cornelis  Ville Virtanen, Beyond Best screenplay Pernilla August and Lolita Ray, Beyond Lisa Langseth, Pure Jonathan Sjöberg and Andreas Öhman, Simple Simon Best cinematography Göran Hallberg, Behind Blue Skies Erik Molberg Hansen, Beyond Aril Wretblad, Easy Money Best documentary Familia,
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Noomi Rapace sheds Dragon Tattoo for more family drama in the Beyond (SVINALÄNGORNA) trailer

Before she makes her move to Hollywood and the craptacular machine that are Hollywood cut outs like MI4 & Sherlock Holmes 2, dragon tattooed girl Noomi Rapace has a few European titles in the works and the first to hit the international front is Svinalängorna (Beyond).

Directed by actress turned director Pernilla August and based on a best settling novel by Susanna Alakoski, Rapace leads the pack of great Finnish actors including Ville Virtanen (Sauna (review)) and Outi Mäenpää, as Leena, a woman who, on the morning of Christmas eve receives a phone call from the hospital of her childhood hometown explaining that her mother is dying, a call that brings up her dark childhood and leads her to seeing her mother for the first time in her adult life.

The trailer for the film is a little over dramatic (the music certainly doesn’t help though it builds a chilling mood
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