I went to visit the Filmbasen website recently and Alexandra Dahlström is attached to a new project called Bussresan or The Bus Trip. Here’s a translated synopsis from the website:
An autobiographical animation that takes place in Israel and Palestine. It is a road movie about Jews identity as well as criticism of Israel’s policy regarding the occupation of Palestine. The film follows the main character Sarah, when she gets to go around Israel and show film with a film festival bus. On the bus are both Israeli and international film students from around the world. Sarah is looking for political discussions and community. But the trip turns out to be something other than what she expected.
In parallel with the bus trip along the highways in Israel runs a story back in time. Sarah’s Jewish grandmother, who escaped from the Nazis in the forties Poland, makes itself felt and even her father who disappeared when Sarah was little. They are now a part of her journey.
The film would also call for discussion of the Academic and Cultural Boycott of the contexts in which Israel is not actively working against the occupation.
It’s unclear what Alexandra’s role is with regards to this film. Hopefully more information will become available soon.
Alexandra has made her Vimeo account public and you can currently watch 4 of her films (Lacrimosa, Kom Hit, Because the Night & The Audition (which features Julia Gahne)) plus a clip for what I believe is Fågel Fenix.
I’m super happy because Because the Night is subtitled in English and I’ve been searching for English subtitles since it was released!
Not much Alexandra related news because she’s too busy traveling her pretty little self from Stockholm to Germany to the US to… where is she now? You can follow her adventures on her Instagram page which is a real treat!
Dunja Vujovik’s Love Revisited which features Adam Lundgren and Alexandra Dahlström is set to premiere at the Gothenburg International Film Festival which is in progress as I type this! It started January 29th and will run through February 8th.
Jennifer wakes up with a proper headache and unsure of what actually happened last night. She finds unpleasant clues in her home and her anxiety rises. When the doorbell rings, she suspects the worst but is pleasantly surprised that she has forgotten her Tinder date.
There’s a really nice review (in English) about Fia-Stina Sandlund’s She’s Wild Again Tonightposted here. I remember seeing the trailer on YouTube recently and was a bit confused as to why Alexandra Dahlström was not in it.
Alexandra Dahlström was the original Shima character and when it came to the third film, Sandlund stated that Dahlström didn’t want to continue in the role. Therefore, Sandlund thought about only one more Swedish actress whom she thought had similar qualities to Miss Julie – Shima Niavarani.
My best guess is that Alexandra had her hands full making her documentary All We Have Is Now and working on her other projects. I figured this tidbit of information would be relevant to those of us who’ve been waiting for the third installment of the She’s Blonde Like Me trilogy.
Quite a happy accident that I came across a new short film that Alexandra Dahlström has a role in with actor Adam Lundgren. It stared when I found a photo on Instagram via Twitter. I did a little digging and uncovered a seemingly secret project called Love Revisited which is being directed by Dunja Vujovik.
Of course the synopsis was in Swedish so I did a bit of translating. Some things are lost in translation I suspect but I think I got the gist of it.
Love Revisited is a genre reflection of romantic comedies and their dramatic structure. Based on the classic rom-com conditions and characters Love Revisited examines what the consequences are when a “no” is a “no” and you are expected to fight to the end to get the one you love.
In the first meeting between the driven Jennifer and the life-affirming Dennis the image of romance that we are fed with the Americanized movies is questioned. The hardworking man in this movie gets uncomfortably intrusive and rather than the cautious woman finally falling for his charms,, she falls instead the victim of his inability to respect her “no”. With inspiration from Groundhog Day, 50 First Dates and Love Actually – Love Revisited is this generalized excessive rom-com about gender roles, power and the right to say no.
Our vision of Love Revisited is catching rom-com uniqueness in history as the last moment shows it was a thriller. The idea is that we will have to re-evaluate what we have seen in the movie and question the man’s reluctance to “let go” of the woman and the image of her when the woman shows unwillingness to believe she actually yes.
The film is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2015 so hopefully we’ll get a chance to see it online sometime!
I’m back from a short hiatus. I wish I could say I was taking a nice holiday but that’s not the case. Things have just been a little busy. It seems the times I’m busy are when Alexandra is on the move!
Alexandra Dahlström attended the August 2015 Rooftop Film Festival in New York this month. She screened her feature length documentary All We Have Is Now and also performed a DJ set. There is a short article in English on their website about her film. There are also a few photos pulled from Instagram that Fish has tracked down. Thanks for all the wonderful finds, Fish!
As mentioned back in April – Alexandra Dahlström was listed as a guest at the Beat Film Festival which was held in Russia this past May. Fish over at the forum recently found some great Instagram photos from the event! I did a little more searching and managed to uncover a few more from their Facebook page.
This might be something to keep an eye on: the Beat Film Festival is taking place May 28 – June 7, 2015. Alexandra Dahlström is listed as a guest at the event and they posted a little biography about her on their website. It translates to:
Swedish actress, DJ and filmmaker. Her grandmother – Russian – lives in Moscow and calls Dahlström “Sasha”. Alexandra got her first role at age 12, it was immediately noticed by director Lukas Moodysson and he invited her to play the lead role in the film “Show Me Love” (1998), which brought international fame to Dahlström. In the early 2000s, Alexandra played in several theater productions, and Swedish feature films. In 2004, she made her debut as a DJ and played at a variety of parties in Stockholm, juggling her collection of 700 discs. A little later, she made her directorial debut and her first short film “Lacrimosa” received a special mention from the jury at the International Film Festival in Stockholm. “All We Have Is Now” – her first feature length documentary is about the Swedish punk band Vulkano.
It’s always fun to come across older things involving Alexandra Dahlström. I accidentally came across this YouTube video awhile back. It’s from the 69th Venice Film Festival, which if you’ll remember, is where Blondie premiered in 2012.