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Lukas Moodysson - director of Lilja 4-ever

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Swedish director talks about the atmosphere that involves the main characters of his feature

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by Federico Greco

"Yes, in part this film points the finger at Sweden, but the story of Lilja 4-ever [+see also:
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[Trailer] is a result of the “free market” that came as a result of the fall of communism. A place where everything can be bought or sold. I wanted to show the gap that exists between the so-called free and rich countries and the poor ones. We are all members of the European Union but each of us is doing everything in our power to close our borders.”

"Comparing this to Dickens is very interesting! We are not regressing, places where people must live without the slightest hope have always existed. I made this film in Estonia but it could just as well have been made elsewhere".

"I don’t know but I find it easier to see things through their eyes. The dimension they exist in is so full of imagination, dreams and evil".

"There are two characters in this film that I like, and one I like a little. The ones I like are in the first part and they are Lila and her young friend called Volodya. Nobody is positive in the Swedish part of the film..."

"You cannot get away from Bergman, even if you make films that are the exact opposites of his: he remains a formidable presence. He influences you but not on the conscious level. He is not my main source of inspiration but I have to say that I feel extremely close to the character called Alexander in Fanny and Alexander".

"Initially it was Lynch, Polanski and films like Alien and Blade Runner. I wanted to make a splatter film, very violent, but then I ended up making Fucking Amal. Right now I prefer Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Gianni Amelio. And most of all, Tarkovskij".