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‘We Are the Best!’ Director Lukas Moodysson on His Lighthearted ‘80s Punk Film

Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s latest film We Are the Best! tells a joyous coming-of-age tale about three teenaged girls determined to make it as a punk band—despite the minor fact that they can’t really play their instruments.

Liv LeMoyne, Mira Barkhammar and Mira Grosin in

We Are the Best!

Photo by P-A Jorgensen/Memfis Film.

Moodyson talks to Filmmaker Magazine about his decision to make a lighthearted film, after several much darker turns (Lilya 4-Ever) in recent years. “I guess you can say it’s a change of tone, but for me, I started writing poetry, then I began making films. For me, it’s chaos. There’s no simple explanation,” he says. “I wake up everyday and walk down the street. Depending what you see, there’s a time for sad things and happy things. If I see someone sleeping on the street, it almost kills me, but at the same time, there’s something fantastic going on. I envy artists who are capable of keeping one track going on. I feel like I’m circling, going back, trying this and that, never really succeeding and trying to understand things.”

Despite having made films with mass appeal earlier in his career, Moodyson confesses that the thought of a large audience is difficult for him to grasp. “From my perspective, it feels odd to get an audience that’s enormous. It feels difficult to relate to so many people,” he relates. “Some of my early films got an enormous, extremely big audience. I couldn’t relate to that. It was too difficult. I can talk to a roomful of people, but talking to thousands of people is hard. Talking to hundreds of thousands is even worse. I always imagine one person seeing my film. Someone somewhere is watching this film, and it means something to him or her. I can’t relate to hundreds of thousands watching it.”

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