Call Girl

Stockholm, late 1970s. Within a stone’s throw of government buildings and juvenile homes lies the seductive world of sex clubs, discotheques and private residences. Call Girl tells the story of how young Iris is recruited from the bottom of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

La Danse

After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past.

Bad Faith (Ond tro)

A disturbed woman and a violent lunatic walk the same path in this thriller from Swedish director Kristian Petri. Monia is a businesswoman who has been hired to work for a large corporation based in Gothenburg. One evening, while having drinks with her colleagues, Monia steps outside for some air and she happens upon a man who has been brutally stabbed by a serial killer on the loose. Monia, who feels a curious emotional distance from the world around her, isn’t sure what to make of this incident at first, but she can’t get the violent image out of her mind, and over the next several days she keeps stumbling upon victims of the killer’s handiwork. No one finds any of this remarkable besides her friend Frank, but in time she begins crossing paths with a curious man who seems to appear at the same crimes scenes she observes.

The Paradise Suite

A gorgeous, spirited young Bulgarian woman (Anjela Nedyalkova) travels to the Netherlands with dreams of a modelling career, only to find herself working Amsterdam’s red-light district against her will. An African illegal migrant worker (Issaka Sawadogo) is forced to accept a reprehensible job just to keep himself and a neighbouring family from losing their modest lodgings. A Swedish boy (Erik Adelöw) is mercilessly teased at school, while at home he is overwhelmed by pressure from his conductor father (Magnus Krepper) to become a piano virtuoso. A Serbian war criminal (Boris Isakovic) believes he has started a new life in Amsterdam, complete with a new baby and a thriving business, but there are those in his vicinity who have not forgotten his malefactions of old — including Seka (Jasna Djuricic), a Bosnian woman so single-mindedly focussed on revenge that she will not allow love into her life. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]