March 18 – April 1


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There are certain times in a guy’s life when everything changes – and turning thirty is one of them. And life changes dramatically for Leo, the protagonist of Swedish director Josef Fares' new film, on the evening of his 30th birthday. As the party ends and Leo and his girlfriend walk back home, something happens that will forever change their lives. Fares' script reportedly grew out of 30th birthday conversations with real-life friends, who act convincingly in the leading roles, as does the helmer in his first substantial thesping job. Fares' father Jan (who appeared in his first two features) makes another strong impression. Lebanon born Josef Fares (31) moved to Örebro in Sweden when he was ten. At fifteen he started making his own short films and participated in a number of amateur/youth short film festivals. By the time he moved to Stockholm in 1998, he had made some fifty short films together with friends. These were often action-based with homemade special effects, which resulted in Josef’s nickname "The Low-budget King of Örebro". Family and friends always appear in his films as actors.
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