The highly anticipated screen adaptation of Kim W. Andersson’s graphic novel Alena, which has been described as a mix between Let the Right One In and Show Me Love is debuting at Stockholm’s Film Festival, which is currently running. Set in a boarding school, the film follows Alena, for whom things get worse when she arrives at the school. She gets a new haircut, which makes the three meanest girls of the lacrosse team state is a sign of a school massacre to come. However, Alena’s only friend Josefin is determined to protect her – with violence if necessary. The only problem is that her jealousy is starting to get out of hand. Not to mention the fact that Josefin is since long dead.
This is Director Daniel di Grado’s feature film debut, which is also one of several projects to have come out of Moving Sweden, a project backed by – among others – SVT and the Swedish Film Institute. The project aims aims at giving Swedish filmmakers a chance to expand their territory.
And sure – homicidal, uniformed girls are as of yet not a staple of Swedish cinema. Alena is a play with the horror film genre – a play with images, dialogue, costume and make-up.