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Screening: Beyond Dreams

Rojda Sekersöz’s first feature-length film is an ode to women’s friendship, resilience and strength. Online screening in Swedish with French subtitles on the La 25ème Heure platform (from anywhere in France).
A girl smokes in an inflatable swiming pool

After serving time in prison following a hold-up for which she abandoned her gang of girlfriends and their rules, Mirja goes back home and must face a new reality: her mother is seriously ill. Mirja either has to find a job or find herself homeless. She copes with the situation by living a double life between her family and her gang. But her efforts at social integration also mean that she has to come to terms with betraying her friends and their dreams.

The actor, poet and artist Rojda Sekersöz first came to the attention of cinema audiences and critics with this feature film, which is many regards reminiscent of Céline Sciamma’s Bande de Filles. Beyond Dreams won the award for Best Nordic Film at the Gothenburg International Film Festival in 2017 and the France Télévision Award for Best Film at the International Women’s Film Festival in Créteil. Evin Ahmad (Mirja) gives an outstanding performance, earning Best Woman Actor awards at several festivals (Duhok IFF, Santa Barbara IFF, etc.)

Director: Rojda Sekersöz. With: Evin Ahmad, Ella Åhman, Gizem Erdogan, Segen Tesfai

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Institut suédois 50 years in 2021! This event forms part of our anniversary programme dedicated to the theme of Friendship. Click here to learn more.