We are coming to the end my friends. This Thursday I’ll be writing my last post of the year. Regarding the future I can only say that the future is written in the stars. Sadly I can’t read constellations. I can’t even read Spanish.
When it comes to the future one thing is sure. Swedes will be there. I’m of course talking about film and this year has been a powerhouse of Swedish performance and breakouts. Over the last few months I’ve highlighted a lot of them but I have forgotten one film.
A few years back friends Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein made a film by the name of Storm. The film starred Eric Ericson, Eva Röse and Jonas Karlsson and was a interesting film that mixed genre and style. It put Måns and Björn on the map. They later did a mini-series for TV called Snapphanar. Their place on the film map grew and suddenly they were visible to Hollywood.
Shelter is the latest film by the Swedish director duo. The film will be released in the US in February but once again Stockholm Film Festival was kind enough to screen it this year. The film stars Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Måns and Björn show very quickly that they know exactly what they’re doing. The film is tight and well directed with great performances, especially from Jonathan Rhys Meyers. His character goes through changes which make him have multiple dialects and mannerisms and he does it perfectly. The film however kind of falls apart in the third act.
Hollywood must be happy with what these guys are doing because their next film will be Underworld 4. Not to trash talk too much I admit that these vampire films aren’t the best films in town but they are films that bring in a lot of money. We all know cash is king in the film business and who knows what doors it will open for Måns and Björn.
In my final post I will be making a “Best Of 2010” list so hold tight for that. See you soon for the finale.