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by Alexandra-Therese Keining


Kim, Bella and Momo, three bullied teenage girls, are going through the throes of finding themselves. Surrounded by a dark world of teenage violence, marginalization and sexual confusion, the girls have only each other. A seismic shift happens when they discover a curious plant in their beloved greenhouse. It turns out to have mysterious magical qualities that, when consumed, transforms the girls temporarily into boys. But not only does their gender change, the world around them, and their response to it, is profoundly altered. At first they enjoy a newfound freedom but soon discover that being a boy isn't all roses. Momo and Bella come to the realization that it's merely a facade. For Kim, however, being a boy is much more than wearing a mask, it offers her a sense of identity. Kim, as a boy, becomes infatuated with Tony, a rough petty criminal that lives on the edge, and at the same time Momo falls in love with Kim. Ultimately, an entanglement of confused sexuality asks us who loves who and why - and if gender identity really matters when it comes to love.

international title: Girls Lost
original title: Pojkarna
country: Sweden, Finland
sales agent: The Yellow Affair
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Alexandra-Therese Keining
film run: 106'
release date: SE 19/02/2016
screenplay: Alexandra-Therese Keining
cast: Tuva Jagell, Emrik Öhlander, Louise Nyvall, Alexanders Gustavsson, Wilma Holmén
cinematography by: Ragna Jorming
film editing: Malin Lindström
costumes designer: Sara Pertmann
music: Sophia Ersson
producer: Helena Wirenhed, Olle Wirenhed
co-producer: Jessica Ask, Markku Flink
production: Götafilm AB, Film Väst, Sveriges Television AB - SVT, Periferia Productions Oy
backing: The Swedish Film Institute, The Finnish Film Foundation and Nordic Film & TV Fund
distributor: Folkets Bio


main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2015Contemporary World Cinema
Göteborg International Film Festival 2016 

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