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Directed by Gabriela Pichler

Sweden 2018 102 mins. In Swedish, English, Arabic, Kurdish, Bosnian, Tamil with English subtitles

In Pichler’s side-splitting and astute sophomore effort, the lightly fictional small town of Lafors, Sweden is potentially due for a big upgrade as the German megamart chain Superbilly picks their newest location. The Lafors city council, in direct competition with a neighboring town, seeks to differentiate themselves and lure in Superbilly by making a promotional video extolling the quaint hamlet’s virtues. But when local government employee Musse (Fredrik Dahl) has the brilliant idea to enlist local teens to make the video, two young immigrant students, Aida (Zahraa Aldoujaili) and Dana (Yara Ebrahim Eliadotter), take it upon themselves to film their reality and uncover the real Lafors, warts and all. A touching cross-generational comedy, Amateurs gently skewers the provincialism and nationalism running through today’s Europe.

Filmography: Eat Sleep Die (2012)

Sponsored by Nordic Northwest, Consulate General of Sweden, and the Swedish Women’s Educational Association, Portland