Archive of films Ciao bella / Ciao bella

Sweden
2007, 91 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2008

Debuting helmer Mani Maserrat-Agah’s delightful romantic comedy Ciao Bella takes on Swedish attitudes toward immigrants and foreigners with a pitch-perfect story about young love, sex, ethnicity and fear of being an outsider. Strong playing by leads and, indeed, the entire ensemble of young actors gives the situations a realistic intensity and winning charm.


Synopsis

Debuting helmer Mani Maserrat-Agah’s delightful romantic comedy Ciao Bella takes on Swedish attitudes toward immigrants and foreigners with a pitch-perfect story about young love, sex, ethnicity and fear of being an outsider. Like director Maserrat-Agah, protagonist Mustafa (Poyan Karimi, terrific) is a Swede born in Iran. A bright, athletic 16-year-old, he doesn’t feel totally comfortable in the world of his parents or his peers. Dumped by his blonde g.f. during pic’s opening moments, Mustafa frequently overhears casually racist remarks such as “he’s one of them.” When Mustafa travels to Gothenburg’s summer youth soccer tournament with his high school team, a clever series of events results in him playing on the Italian side. Strong playing by leads and, indeed, the entire ensemble of young actors gives the situations a realistic intensity and winning charm.

Contacts

Swedish Film Institute
Box 27126, S-102 52, Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: +46 866 511 00
Fax: +46 866 118 20
E-mail: uof@sfi.se
www: www.sfi.se

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
   
Director: Mani Maserrat-Agah
Screenplay: Jens Jonsson
Dir. of Photography: Andréas Lennartsson
Music: Martin Willert
Editor: Kristin Grundström
Producer: Olle Wirenhed
Production: GötaFilm AB
Cast: Chanelle Lindell, Poyan Karimi, Oliver Ingrosso, Fredrika Tham, Arash Bolouri
Contact: Swedish Film Institute

Guests

Mani Maserrat-Agah

Film Director, Film Director

Gunnar Almér

Film Institution Rep.


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