There’s a diverse range of cinema coming from our friends in the far north, and it’s not all murder and great sweaters.
Director Amanda Adolfsson’s debut, Young Sophie Bell, is a beautiful coming-of-age film about a gap year gone horribly wrong. When Sophie bails from her planned move to Berlin after graduation, her best friend Alice heads off alone. When Alice goes missing, Sophie sets off with hopes of tracking her down. As she traces her friend’s steps through the streets of Berlin, Sophie begins to wonder if she ever knew Alice at all.
Adolfsson has cited My Summer of Love and The Virgin Suicides as influences. Young Sophie Bell is an intimate film, small and stylish, and it not only had the support of Stockholm Film Festival’s new scholarship program for female directors, it also won Best Film at Stockholm in 2014.
Young Sophie Bell screens as part of the Scandinavian Film Festival in Sydney, July 8–26.