Paradise is Burning

Mika Gustafson

Talents Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland 108 min Spanish premiere Fiction

Synopsis

In a working-class area of Sweden, sisters Laura (16), Mira (12) and Steffi (7), get by on their own, left to their own devices by an absent mother. With summer on the way and no parents around, life is wild and carefree, vivacious and anarchic. But when social services call a meeting, Laura has to find someone to impersonate their mom, or the girls will be taken into foster care and separated.

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Themes

European CinemaComing-of-ageFemale DirectorChildhoodSocial Issues

Filmmaker

Mika Gustafson

She is a graduate of the Valand Film Academy. Her documentary Silvana, co-directed with Olivia Kastebring and Christina Tsiobanelis, was awarded at the Swedish National Film Awards for Best Documentary in 2017. In 2020 she was selected at the Berlinale Script Station with screenwriter Alexander Öhrstrand. Paradise Is Burning is her first fiction feature film, with which she won Best Direction at the selection Orizzonti in Venice 2023, Best Debut Film at the BFI and Best Film at the Swedish Academy Awards.

Filmography: Paradise Is Burning (2023, D'A 2024), Silvana (co-directed, 2017), Mephobia (short film, 2017)

Mika Gustafson

Film information

Int. title: Paradise is Burning
Director: Mika Gustafson
Script: Mika Gustafson, Alexander Öhrstrand
Contact: Stendhal Films
With: Bianca Delbravo, Dilvin Asaad, Safira Mossberg, Ida Engvoll, Mitja Sirén, Marta Oldenburg
Country: Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland
Year: 2023
Format: DCP
Length: 108 min
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: Spanish

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Awards

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Best Direction of the Orizzonti Selection

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
Sutherland Award for Best Film of the First Feature Competition

SWEDISH FILM ACADEMY AWARDS
Guldbagge Award for Best Film
Guldbagge Award for Best Production Design

Poster

Paradise is Burning