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HBO Greenlights First Scandinavian Original Series

HBO Europe has greenlighted its first-ever Scandinavian original series, ordering Gosta, an eight-episode drama, from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson (Together, Lilya 4-Ever).

Moodysson will write and direct all eight episodes of the series, which follows a 28-year-old child psychologist who gets his first job in a small rural town and tries to put his theories of universal kindness into practice—with mixed results.

Gosta will be Moodysson's first-ever television series. Memfis Film is producing for HBO, with TrustNordisk handling international sales.

The series will be shot on location in Sweden in 2018 for an expected 2019 premiere.

"I want Gosta to...
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Best of 2014: Nicholas Bell’s Top 20 (Picks 10-1)

Nicholas Bell’s Top 20 films of 2014…

#20. Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins

#19. Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash

#18. Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child

#17. Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook

#16. Adam Wingard’s The Guest

#15. Dardenne Bros.’ Two Days, One Night

#14. David Fincher’s Gone Girl

#13. Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer

#12. Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

#11. David Mackenzie’s Starred Up

#10.Tip Top

Serge Bozon’s latest genre mash, Tip Top, which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2013, was at last treated to a limited release in New York. A curiously unique and incredibly bizarre adaptation of a British thriller by Bill James, Bozon has created another strange hybrid of form with this blackly comedic, sexually perverse examination of racial inequality and notable political bigotry. For those reveling in the perverse and uniquely offbeat (especially when you throw Huppert and Kiberlain into the mix), Tip Top is not to be missed.
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Women take centre stage at Way Out West

This year’s festival saw 45% of its lineup coming from female directors, including Alone Together from Liza Minou Morberg [pictured].

Women took centre stage at Way Out West’s Film Festival, with head of film programming Svante Tidholm giving credit to 45% of its line-up deriving from female directors.

Headlining the film side of the joint music and film event was Alexandra Dahlström’s All We Have is Now that documents all-girl Swedish punk rock band Vulkano, and Liza Minou Morberg’s coming-of-age drama Alone Together detailing the friendship of three young women on their way to Way Out West.

Both films served as feature length directorial debuts.

“It was our privilege (and luck) to have two world premieres that were both directed by women, and also about strong women. We work closely with Sweden’s film industry, and one aim is to balance equality and gender. And from watching their films – you can immediately tell they are very
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We Are The Best! DVD Review

Director: Lukas Moodysson

Starring: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne

Running Time: 102 minutes

Certificate: 15

Ever experienced that moment when you’ve seen something so epic, you feel like you want to do the same so you can be just as epic? Well try watching We Are The Best! You just might be grabbing a guitar in no time.

The film, based on the graphic novel Never Goodnight by Coco Moodysson, follows three pre-teenage girls named Bobo, Klara and Hedvig who are considered outsiders in the 1980s Stockholm. The trio decide to form a punk band, but everybody else has considered punk dead. The film is directed and adapted by Lukas Moodysson, Coco’s husband.

Moodysson’s sticks with what he knows best in We Are The Best! He has brought us such films as Show Me Love, Mammoth and Lilya 4-ever, he has an eye for a strong female lead
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We Are The Best! Debuts on iTunes and On Demand This Friday, June 20

Magnolia Pictures announced today that the critically acclaimed We Are The Best! will debut on iTunes and On Demand tomorrow, Friday, June 20th, as it continues its expansion to select theaters across the country.

From director Lukas Moodysson (Together, Lilya 4-Ever), We Are The Best! is one of the best reviewed films of the year, and has been opening in cities across the country to near universal acclaim:

“There is hardly a shortage of movies about rock ‘n’ roll, but there are few as perfect as We Are The Best!.” – A.O. Scott, NY Times

“A blissfully funny film. Director Moodysson is masterly and there’s a magical sense of life caught on the fly. When measured by the pleasure it confers, We Are The Best! is a big deal that will be winning hearts—and even grownup minds—for a long time to come.”– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“If
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Review: We Are the Best!

Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's filmography has had a spotty history of even being seen in the United States. His earlier works Show Me Love and Together managed to receive distribution here, but some of his more serious films (like the brutal sex-trafficking drama Lilya 4-ever and A Hole In My Heart) never were even properly released here. In 2009, he made his English-language debut with a film called Mammoth that IFC released stateside and then he fell off the radar for a few years.  

He's finally returned to the big screen with We Are the Best!, a lighthearted adaptation of the graphic novel Never Goodnight, written by his wife Coco Moodysson. Set in 1982 Stockholm, we're introduced to Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin), two 13-year-old best friends who don't really fit in socially at school. They're tomboyish and seem to live in their own little world, mostly happy to
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“I Was Too Young For Punk”: Lukas Moodysson on We Are the Best!

Back in 1998, Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s debut Show Me Love (original title: Fucking Åmål) offered up a tender story of teenage lesbian love. His follow-up Together, which depicted a troubled commune in the late ‘70s, continued in much the same vein, but starting with his third film, Lilya 4-Ever, his work grew darker and more experimental. The change in tone really didn’t suit him. Fortunately, his latest film, We Are the Best!, is a return to form. It follows three 13-year-old girls in 1982 Stockholm as they form a punk band and try to master one song (a protest […]
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“I Was Too Young For Punk”: Lukas Moodysson on We Are the Best!

Back in 1998, Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s debut Show Me Love (original title: Fucking Åmål) offered up a tender story of teenage lesbian love. His follow-up Together, which depicted a troubled commune in the late ‘70s, continued in much the same vein, but starting with his third film, Lilya 4-Ever, his work grew darker and more experimental. The change in tone really didn’t suit him. Fortunately, his latest film, We Are the Best!, is a return to form. It follows three 13-year-old girls in 1982 Stockholm as they form a punk band and try to master one song (a protest […]
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Capsule Movie Reviews (May 21): 'Horses of God' and six more

Horses of God

Not Rated, 1 Hr., 55 Mins.

Four boys from the slums of Morocco mutate into suicide bombers in this tense drama, which uses the 2003 Casablanca terror attack as its backdrop. Director Nabil Ayouch hammers his points rather bluntly, but his filmmaking is hypnotic. The camera, initially jittery and handheld, slows to static shots, eerily matching the characters’ stagnant mindsets on their atrocious road to martyrdom. B+ –Joe McGovern

Korengal

Not Rated, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.

Sebastian Junger’s follow-up to 2010′s Restrepo (his Oscar-nominated war doc codirected by the late Tim Hetherington) shifts focus from combat in Afghanistan’s “Valley of Death” to the soldiers’ psychology,
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We Are The Best! Review

Director: Lukas Moodysson.

Starring: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne.

Running Time: 102 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

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
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'We Are the Best!' Trailer: Punk Girls Unite

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...

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Exclusive: Get Punk With Poster For Lukas Moodysson's 'We Are The Best!'

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
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First titles announced for Sff

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
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Filmmakers We Want To See Direct An Episode or Season of True Detective

Darren Aronofsky

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
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Watch: New Trailer For Lukas Moodysson's Punk Pic 'We Are The Best!'

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
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The Bridge's Kim Bodnia: 'Darkness, misery, evil – we do them best'

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
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Punk is not Dead; Magnolia Adds Moodysson’s “We are the Best!” to Next Year’s Playlist

Our Nicholas Bell consider it among his top 5 best at Tiff this year and both Variety (will thrill to this sweet, spirited return to form) and THR (boards the rollercoaster of early adolescence with infectious results) come to the same consensus in Venice claiming that Together and Lilya 4-ever director Lukas Moodysson is back in great form and the Magnolia Pictures took notice (and so did 24 other territories who picked up the rights from TrustNordisk) – picking up the North American rights to the punk fueled coming-of-ager. Magnolia will release We Are The Best! in 2014.

Gist: VI ÄR BÄST! is about Bobo, Klara and Hedvig. Three 12-13-year-old girls who roam the streets. Who are brave and tough and strong and weak and confused and weird. Who have to take care of themselves way too early. Who heat fish fingers in the toaster when mom is at the pub. Who start
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Toronto 2013: Do we need a West Memphis Three drama even if it's good?

Toronto 2013: Do we need a West Memphis Three drama even if it's good?
Devil’s Knot, a docudrama about the tangled and still-loaded West Memphis Three case, directed by Atom Egoyan, is for the most part a tense and absorbing movie. It’s the intelligent, detail-jammed, well-executed version of what we used to call “a TV movie” — a phrase you can’t really use anymore, since it once connoted a certain second-rate, connect-the-dots Madame Tussauds biopic quality that’s become irrelevant in the age of HBO. (There was never a “TV movie” like Behind the Candelabra or Recount.) Yet that term also summoned up the basic, childlike voyeuristic appeal of seeing interesting actors
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DVD Review: 'Eden'

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★★☆☆☆ Based on a true case of human trafficking in the Us, Megan Griffiths' Eden (2012) is a decidedly low-key circumvention on the usual gritty, unforgiving exposés of the sex industry. Set in a small rural town back in 1994, naive teenager Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) works in her parents' bric-a-brac store, occasionally sneaking out-back to share a smoke with her rebellious friend, Abbie (Tracey Fairaway). The pair are intent on exploring their burgeoning sexuality, with Abbie coaxing Hyun to join her for an evening of underage drinking and harmless flirting. Here, Hyun Jae catches the eye of a young fireman who offers to give her a lift.

However, the next thing Hyun Jae experiences is a chloroform hangover and the view from inside the trunk of a Chevrolet - all before being hauled off to a soulless warehouse in the middle of nowhere where she, like many, will be held hostage
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Viff 2013: Miss Violence Review

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Alexandros Avranas both wrote and directed this Venezia 70 entry and after the wife abuse of Die Frau des Polizisten and the necrophilia of Child of God the competition moves onto child suicide and other dark and disturbing subjects.

The setting is contemporary Athens, though there are none of its wonderful sights to behold. Here, we are in a grey and anonymous apartment building that could be in almost any city in Europe. In fact, the film rarely ventures out of the apartment and when it does, we’d rather have stayed at home. One factor that keeps it firmly anchored in Greece is the theme of unemployment and welfare benefits. However, the current economic climate and its effects on your typical Athenian household is not what this film is about.

The opening scene is in the family apartment. It’s unclear who’s who at this point, but it appears
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