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There Should Be Rules
Directed by
Linda-Maria Birbeck

Sweden / 2015 / 89

East Coast Premiere
In Swedish with English subtitles

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Mia and Mirjam, two passionate, free-spirited 14-year-olds, along with Karl, who is inventive and wise beyond his years, are a close knit threesome in a small town in Sweden where nothing ever happens. Although the young friends spend nearly every waking hour together, each attempts to discover a unique path to coming of age. In the center is Mia, torn between youth and adulthood, family and friends. Mia wishes there were no rules and tempts life again and again. Mirjam, seeking love, finds her road to adulthood in a steamy romance with an older man who claims he loves her. Karl, supporting Mia's sense of loss as her best friend is pulled away by new love, helps concoct ways to bring Mirjam back to them. While friendship and family bonds are tested and facades eventually crumble, the teens declare, "we are never becoming ordinary." And they don't. Beautifully shot and acted, and superbly written, There Should Be Rules exemplifies fine Swedish cinema, where nuances are everything and delicate stories unfold in their own tempo and style.

- Svetlana Krotek

Born 1974 in Karlstad, Sweden, Linda Maria Birbeck's first time holding a camera was at the age of 22, and with that roll of film she entered the Utrecht School of Fine Arts in Holland. She had a successful career as a documentary photographer for many years. Around 2008, she envisioned a story and started to write about two boys . Just like Zorro, was her first short script. She directed it herself and won the audience award and the jury-prize in 2012 at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

There Should Be Rules is her first feature film.

Cast/Featuring: Anna Hagglin, Lo Salmson, Ludvig Sarnklint, Annika Hallin, Fredrik Gunnarsson, Mads Korsgaard, Magnus Schmitz, Konstantinos Vlastaras, Osvald Harryson
Producer(s): Helene Mohlin, Leif Mohlin
Director(s): Linda-Maria Birbeck
Screenwriter(s): Linda-Maria Birbeck
Cinematographer(s): Klas Karterud
Editor(s): Ulrika Rang
Production Designer(s): Ulrika Fredriksson /Philip Ivarsson
Composer(s)/Music: Jens Lindgard, Petter Lindgard
Sound Designer(s): Samir Dounas
Animator(s): Charlotte Rodenstedt
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