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Paradise is Burning

English title: Paradise is Burning
Original title: Paradiset Brinner
German title: Paradise is Burning
Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, 2023

Director: Gustafson, Mika
Production company: HOBAB
Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Length: 108 min.
Film genre: Feature film

In a working-class area of Sweden, sisters Laura (16), Mira (12) and Steffi (7), get by on their own, left to their own devices by an absent mother. With summer on the way and no parents around, life is wild and carefree, vivacious and anarchic. But when social services call a meeting, Laura has to find someone to impersonate their mom, or the girls will be taken into foster care and separated. Laura keeps the threat a secret, so as not to worry her younger sisters. But as the moment of truth draws closer, new tensions arise, forcing the three sisters to negotiate the fine line between the euphoria of total freedom and the harsh realities of growing up.

Venice IFF 2023 (awarded), Hamburg IFF 2023, BFI London IFF 2023 (awarded), European Film Awards 2023 (selected), Molodist IFF Kyiv 2023, Chicago IFF 2023, Nordic Filmdays Lübeck 2023 (awarded), Freezone IFF Belgrade 2023, Luxembourg IFF 2024, BUFF Malmö 2024 (awarded), Itinerances IFF Alès 2024, Kristiansand CFF 2024

Study guide: Swedish

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