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.