Lola Upside Down

Ulrika Bengts

IFFR 2017

Voices

  • 116'
  • Finland
  • 2016
In the current wave of Nordic Noir TV series, Finland’s Lola Upside Down boldly goes against the tide. It is based on Monika Fagerholm’s similarly-named  novel, part of the weird oeuvre that the Finnish author has dedicated to youth (including The American Girl). Fagerholm’s writing owes much to Twin Peaks and David Lynch, so it’s not surprising that Lola Upside Down has a similar atmosphere.
Flatnäss is a small costal town "where people come to die" and which sports colourful characters – the mayor, some cheerleaders, a wheelchair-bound teenager and her personal girl-squad, her sister who likes older men, and clashing poets. The narrative playfully juxtaposes quirky slapstick, drama, musical and teenage spleen. Like Bruno Dumont’s Li'l Quinquin (2014), this series displays a community on TV in episodic, novel-like scope. Writer and director Ulrika Bengts gives the whole an ethereal touch but keeps her feet on the ground by highlighting pressing issues such as patriarchy, gender and class. Season 1, episodes 1 and 2.
Director
Ulrika Bengts
Country of production
Finland
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
116'
Medium
File
Original title
Lola uppochner
Language
Swedish
Producer
Mats Långbacka
Production Company
Långfilm Productions
Sales
YLE
Screenplay
Ulrika Bengts, Annina Enckell
Cinematography
Robert Nordström
Editor
Tuomo Leino
Production Design
Katarina Lume, Markus Packalén
Sound Design
Risto Iissalo
Music
Peter Hägerstrand
Cast
Mimosa Willamo, Geoffrey Newland, Mats Långbacka, Julia Korander, Jan Korander
Website
www.langfilm.fi