Nordic youth films to screen in London

Three Nordic films about young people will screen at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London in April and May.

The selection of films forms part of the ‘Inspired by the Century of the Child’ exhibition, which is curated by academic Paediatrician Robin Basu-Roy.

The first film that will screen is Lukas Moodysson’s We are the Best!which follows three young girls in 1980’s Stockholm. Bobo is an ordinary thirteen-year-old schoolgirl who lives with her divorced mother, takes inspiration from bands like KSMB and Ebba Grön, refusing to accept what others say about Punk being dead. Sharing the same taste in music with her classmate Klara and with the help of the talented but introverted eighth-grader, Hedvig, the girls will decide to put a band together, getting their hands on musical instruments for the very first time. But surprisingly, what started as a joke, will soon become a reality–and with a song already in their hands–this aspiring Punk band fuelled by youthful rebellion, will aim for the stars without any concern about what others say, simply because THEY ARE THE BEST.

The second film is the classic My Life as a Dog from director Lasse Hallstrom, who has since had a successful Hollywood career. My Life as a Dog is about Ingemar, who lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika – the Russian dog sent into space… He gets sent away to stay with relations for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life.

Lastly, the Swedish horror classic Let the Right One In has been selected. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, the film follows Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realises that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live he’s faced with a choice.

Click here to learn more about screening times and how to book tickets. 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.