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(Svenskjävel)
Sweden/Norway 2014. Dir: Ronnie Sandahl. 100 min. Blu-ray Disc

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | A top-prize winner at the Chicago International Film Festival, the superb feature-film debut of novelist-turned-director Ronnie Sandahl is a doomed amour story set against the backdrop of Sweden’s economic crisis; the powerhouse performance by feminist comic Bianca Kronlöf has garnered comparisons to Émilie Dequenne’s breakout turn in the Dardennes’ Rosetta. “23-year-old Dino, like an abundance of Swedes her age, has fled the mass unemployment of her home country in search of a more worthwhile existence in a nouveau-riche Oslo ... When a broken arm leads to a position as a housekeeper in a Norwegian middle-class home, Dino is thrown into a reality very far from her own” (Cineuropa). “Quietly impressive ... An emotionally engaging ride, as well as an assured big-screen bow for both director and star” (Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter). In Swedish and Norwegian with English subtitles.

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