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by Simon Staho


Decked out in toreador bolero jackets, paper hats and parade uniforms, four young people dance and sing in a blaze of light and glitter. They are celebrating Teresa’s birthday – with drugs and music in full flow. It will be a long and turbulent night; a decisive night, too, because Teresa is sixteen and still a virgin. Tonight she’s determined to sleep with Stefan, but Stefan either won’t or can’t oblige. Even the red thigh boots Teresa breaks a shop window to get don’t seem to help. Daniel pines for Lina – especially when she sings her gorgeous songs. Although Teresa’s girlfriend claims to have slept with fifty-three boys, she won’t let Daniel touch her. Lina dreams of seducing a rock star and wants to make it big as a singer. Daniel would give his eye teeth to persuade Lina to sleep with him. But even a crazy spin in a stolen VW Beetle fails to make Lina see who really deserves her affections. This iridescent Danish musical is a blend of fast-paced sequences and moments of calm that constantly pushes back the borders of the genre. The film marks young singer Emma Sehested Høeg’s fifth outing.

international title: Love Is In The Air
original title: Magi I Luften
country: Denmark, Sweden
sales agent: TrustNordisk
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Simon Staho
film run: 88'
release date: DK 23/06/2011
screenplay: Simon Staho, Peter Birro
cast: Emma Sehsted Høeg, Gustav Hintze, Victoria Carmen Sonne, Anton Honik
cinematography by: Sebastian Winterø
film editing: Anders Villadsen
art director: Nikolaj Danielsen, Søren Skjær
producer: Jonas Frederiksen, Martin Persson
production: Zentropa Entertainments, Film i Väst
backing: XX Film, Danish Film Institute, SF Film, DR TV, Anagram Produktion, Trollhätten Film, Film i Väst, SVT, Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond
distributor: Nordisk Film Distribution
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