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Movie with Gessle song wins top award at New York film festival

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on May 5, 2008 to .


Director Tomas Alfredson receives a cash prize of $25,000 and extra marketing power for his coming-of-age film "Let the Right One In" by winning the Founder's Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival that concluded here in New York City this past weekend.

The film, which features a song recorded by Per Gessle, will not be released in Sweden until October. "The distributors in Sweden felt that this was not a 'summer film'… that the mood matched a colder time of year," he told The Daily Roxette.

During a question-and-answer session, we asked Alfredson about the Gessle song "Kvar i min bil," which – as Per had told TDR – is given a prominent place in the film. In one scene, the lead actor is shown putting the the 45rpm single on a record player so as to listen to it.

"Do you know Roxette?," he asked us (obviously not knowing what newspaper we represented). He then proceeded to explain that the male half of that group (Per) had had a popular group (Gyllene Tider) back in the '80s, the time period in which this movie is set. Looking for a song that fit that era, but not wanting to use an instantly recognizable song, he asked Per (who he said he was an acquaintance of), if he could write a new song in the same style as those earlier GT hits.

Novelist John Ajvide Lindquist adapted his best-seller for the screen to tell the beautifully touching tale of the first romance of 12-year-old Oskar and the girl next door, Eli (who also happens to be a vampire). The Tribeca jury commented that the film was exceptional "for its mesmerizing exploration of loneliness and alienation through a masterful reexamination of the vampire myth."

The film already has North American distribution in place.

Variety also writes that a US version is in the works. Horror film company Hammer Films and indie company Spitfire Pictures have bought the rights.



And here weve got the trailer. It does look promising... just so stupid to wait till it hits the theatres...
Gessle: Det spelar ingen roll vad som skrivs, bara bilden är bra :D

Here you have the trailer of the movie:

That sounds great!!!
Have Fun!!!

The movie looks great, scary. But mainly I love the fact that there’s a new Rox-related song in a movie. It would be great if they make the US version they use some Rox song too.

LEO, thanks for the article.. I miss your articles!! :)
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What a pity we won´t have the opportunity to watch this movie outside the Sweden.:-(

The US and the UK will show it, probably Germany as well.

If I have a possibility, I’ll watch it just to hear Gessle song in a movie.

I wish you the best there is before you go to sleep

Any more news re: this... possible soundtrack releases etc .. dare I mention a single release?
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