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Lukas Moodysson To Direct '80s Set Punk Rock Pic 'VI ÄR BÄST!'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 16, 2012 at 2:03PM

Lukas Moodysson sure knows how to bring a bad time. Films like "Lilya-4-Ever," "A Hole In My Heart" and "Mammoth" viewers were left stung with unrelenting and at times, hard to watch drama that was unshakeable even after you left the theater. But for his next effort, he's trying some little breezier, a bit more musical and hell, a bit more punk rock.
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Lukas Moodysson

Lukas Moodysson sure knows how to bring a bad time. Films like "Lilya-4-Ever," "A Hole In My Heart" and "Mammoth" viewers were left stung with unrelenting and at times, hard to watch drama that was unshakeable even after you left the theater. But for his next effort, he's trying some little breezier, a bit more musical and hell, a bit more punk rock.

THR reports that Moodysson will next get behind the camera on "VI ÄR BÄST!" (roughly translated as "We Are The Best") based on the graphic novel "Never Goodnight" by his wife Coco. The promising film will center once get put female protagonists at the fore, this time centering three, 12 and 13 year-old girls in 1982 Stockholm who decide to form a punk band in what is said to be a "feel good" film. Certainly, one can imagine The Shaggs having some kind of influence here (and indeed, there is already a biopic of some sort in the works about that cult band). And of course The Runaways (subject of the somewhat underrated film starring Kristen Stewart) but the period setting alone should be a fun one to explore.

All told, this sounds like a nice change of pace for Moodysson and from a practical perspective, is probably something easier to get financing for. The plan is for the film to roll in front of cameras this fall, and open in Sweden next year (and we're guessing on the festival circuit everywhere else). And certainly, it has the potential to be his most popular offering since he broke out with "Fucking Amal."

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