05 January, 2009
by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor
A Swedish film that features the unlikely relationship between a young man and a possible female vampire has emerged as one of the big international hits of the year. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by director Tomas Alfredson has recently come up on many film critics association lists as Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, including the prestigious Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Toronto, San Francisco and San Diego Film Critics Associations. In its previous film festival career, the film won top prizes at the Tribeca, Edinburgh, Woodstock, Sitges and Puchon film festivals after its world premiere at the Goteborg Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Nordic Film Prize.
The film tells the story of Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, who dreams of revenge and eventually falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl whose taste for blood may actually be a result of her being a vampire. Realistic human drama mixed with vampire genre thrills make for an unusual and unique experience that has intrigued audiences and critics around the world. The film, which is distributed in the United States by specialty distributor Magnolia Pictures, has been in constant theatrical release since October, amassing close to $2 million in theatrical receipts. The recent critics accolades and the film’s growing cult status could extend its theatrical run for months to come. For more information, click on: www.lettherightoneinmovie.com.