BEST OF THE FEST
Monday, January 14, 7:30 PM
Palm Springs Regal 9
Standby tickets at the door as available
Sweden, 2012, 140 Minute Running Time
Topics: Detective/Mystery, Political, Sex, Thriller
Program: Nordic Light
Language: Swedish English Sub-Titles
Awards: Winner: Discovery Prize, Toronto Film Festival
Inspired by the 1976 prostitution scandal that led straight to the heart of the Swedish government, Call Girl is a meaty, never sensationalistic political thriller that profits from its slow burn approach. The multi-strand story unfolds against the backdrop of an election season in Stockholm. The politicians are legislating new rights for women even while patronizing underage whores.
Lurking at the center of the plot like some malevolent spider, is busy madam Dagmar Glans (a tour-de-force performance by Pernilla August, clearly reveling in the chance to play a full-blooded but always credible baddie). The clients in her little black book include government officials, foreign ambassadors and criminals. She employs students and housewives in need of ready cash, but she also recruits young teens.
Various branches of the police and security service monitor Dagmar’s activities; so, too, does a string-pulling government liaison officer. When a devoted young vice sleuth and a retirement-ready homicide cop accumulate evidence to charge her with procurement, not everyone in power welcomes the findings of their investigation.
Winner: Discovery Prize, Toronto Film Festival
Director Mikael Marciman expected to attend both screenings
DIRECTOR: Mikael Marcimain
Producer: Mimmi Spang
Editor: Kristofer Nordin
Screenwriter: Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten
Cinematographer: Hoyte Van Hoytema
Music: Mattias Bärjed
Principal Cast: Pernilla August, Sofia Karemyr, Simon J. Berger, Sven Nordin, David Dencik, Ruth Vega Fernandez, Josefin Asplund
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: TrustNordisk - www.trustnordisk.com