Lilja 4-ever

Lukas Moodysson

In Lukas (Fucking Amal, Together) Moodysson's darkest drama so far, a naive Russian girl finds herself in the world of lover boys and prostitution. A clash between innocence and harsh reality. On the opening night, the film has its premiere in various theatres throughout The Netherlands. The screenings in Cinecenter are part of the festival.

With his most dramatic and dark film so far, Moodysson establishes his status as the most important director in Sweden. Lilya 4-Ever was largely shot in Russia, where Moodysson directed the actors, among them the young Russian female lead Oksana Akinshina (well known from Sisters, directed by Sergei Bodrov Jr. who died tragically last year), with the aid of an interpreter. In the opening scenes, we see Lilya considering jumping from a bridge somewhere in Sweden to the sound of Rammstein's "Mein Herz brennt". She comes from a gloomy district in the former Soviet Union. There she dreamt of an exciting future in America that would start as soon as her mother - who has emigrated with her new lover - would send for her to come too. Her mother however left Lilya in the lurch and her only friend is the neighbour Volodya, a boy with whom she sniffs glue and creates a fantasy world. When she receives an offer from the much older Andrey, with whom she is infatuated, to start a new life in Sweden, she accepts eagerly. But things are not much better in Sweden. The perspective of the naive Lilya provides a heart-rending film about a cruel world where paid sex, lover boys and cold neon light defeat the fairytale world and innocence.


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Lukas Moodysson
Denmark, Sweden
105 minutes
migrants, aliens & forced migration, rape, sexual and reproductive issues, slavery, women & gender