Beyond  {Svinalanjorna}
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Sweden, 2010, 94 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Finland
North American Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Swedish, Finnish English Sub-Titles

Acclaimed actress Pernilla August (A Rational Solution, PSIFF 2010) makes her directing/writing debut with this powerful drama about self-deception and denying the past. Beyond offers a compassionate look at the children of alcoholics, with insights into how such a childhood leaves emotional wounds that take time to heal. Although the material may sound familiar, August‘s simultaneously restrained, gut-wrenching, and hopefuI film provides a new and moving take on the topic and features blistering performances from Noomi Rapace and Tehilla Blad (both known for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

On the morning before Christmas, Leena, 34, receives a phone call from a hospital in her childhood hometown telling her that her mother is dying. This news takes her on a journey to face her mother for the first time in her adult life. Leena has fought all her life to let go of her grief over her lost and dark childhood as the daughter of bitter, hard-drinking Finnish immigrants. She is now forced to deal with her past to be able to move on. Winner, Audience Award, Critic’s Week Venice Film Festival; Best Film, Nordic Film Days, Lubeck; Best Actress, Sao Paolo Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Pernilla August
Producer: Helena Danielsson, Ralf Karlsson
Editor: Asa Mossberg
Screenwriter: Pernilla August, Lolita Ray
Cinematographer: Eric Mollberg Hansen DFF
Music: Magnus Jarlbro
Principal Cast: Noomi Rapace, Ola Rapace, Outi Maenpaa, Ville Virtanen, Tehilla Blad
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Swedish Film Institute -

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