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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #107. Mika Gustafson’s Sisters

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #107. Mika Gustafson’s Sisters


After trying her hand in the docu realm, Swedish filmmaker Mika Gustafson made the move into fiction last June with what has be coined as a female-led drama. Non-actors Bianca Delbravo, Dilvin Asaad and Safira Mossberg joined Ida Engvoll in Sisters – a tale about fending for yourself when mom is gone. Supported by Eurimages coin in March 2022, this was produced by Nima Yousefi (Clara Sola, A White, White Day). on paper, we got some Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Nobody Knows vibes. Gustafson wrote the project alongside actor-screenwriter Alexander Öhrstrand.

Gist: Ida Engvoll plays Hanna, a young woman drawn into an unexpected adventure when she encounters Laura (16), eldest of a trio of socially-deprived sisters. Laura asks Hanna to “play” their mum when social services come knocking at the sisters’ doors, threatening to separate them and place them in a foster home. But when Hanna shows her affection, Laura loses control and starts spiralling downwards.

Release Date/Prediction: We’d put a couple of euros on this launching from the Un Certain Regard section.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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