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Lone Scherfig creates antidotes to the present political chaos

"I wanted to make a light film that hopefully not only gives the audience hope but also a sense of belonging," said Lone Scherfig when she met the world's press at the Potsdamer Platz along with the actors as Zoe Kazan, Bill Nighy, Andrea Riseborough and Tahar Rahim.

Shortly after the turn of the millennium won Lone Scherfig Silverbjörnen in Berlin with his charming feature debut ”Italian for beginners”. Barely two decades later, open she the 69:th Berlinale with a new ensemblefilm that brings together a diverse collection of strangers.

– Certainly, both the design and the emotional is similar to the “Italian for beginners”, but on a dramatic level it is quite different, " says Scherfig, who most recently was in Berlin in 2009 with “An education”.

can be described as a cross of a modern love story and a tribute to New York as the entire world's capital. It is hardly possible to mistake the film's subtext is in the title.

"I hope that the film in a magical way embodies a message that would be very sockersött if you would put it on paper," says Lone Scherfig.

Caleb Landry Jones, Bill Nighy, Andrea Riseborough, Lone Scherfig, Zoe Kazan, and Tahar Rahim at cannes film festival in Berlin. Photo: Frederic Kern/Future Image/

the Film revolves around a handful of chipped individuals who cross each other's tracks in a more elegant Russian restaurant in Manhattan. In the foreground is housewife Clara is on the run with his two sons from their an abusive polispappa, Tahar Rahim plays a former kåkfarare who gets a job at a Russian tavern, owned by Bill Nighys ryskättade character. The drama also involves Caleb Landry Jones job search strulputte and Andrea Riseboroughs as timid as self-sacrificing nurse who devotes all the free time to stand in the soup kitchen and conduct terapisittningar in the church.

" I like characters that don't have a clear goal or internal driving force. I'm not so fond of the characters that are superheroes, Clara acts just to survive and protect their children, " says Lone Scherfig.

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”The kindness of strangers” gave her an opportunity to explore the dark political climate without making any overtly political film.

– Although it certainly has a political meaning, so is it none of my characters ever expresses a political opinion, on the contrary. I am most moved by films that succeed in creating the intimacy of the big questions. I wanted to try to explore these major topics with a fund that sets the luxurious New York against the soup kitchen, " explains Scherfig about the movie that for the most part is shot in Toronto.

Bill Nighy at the film festival in Berlin. Photo:

played in the Lone Scherfigs ”Their finest hour”, where he plays a avdankad actor who is called in to raise the british people's kampmoral by participating in a propagandafilm about the evacuation of Dunkirk.

" this time asked the Lone me if I wanted to come to Toronto and play a Russian waiter. When I sat on the plane to Canada so I was suddenly the owner I the restaurant, les Bill Nighy with his ironic set to zero look on his face before he gave a long eulogy to the Lone Scherfig.

" I'm excited to work with her. It was a fun, relaxed, and respectful film that echoes of the present. It is not only desirable, but also necessary with compassionate films that are about what unites us all, rather than parts of the us. Basically, the common people quite well, both over the class - and boundaries - until they are being manipulated by politicians to incite against each other, " said Bill Nighy and added:

– Where I got all quiet on you!

asked about the image of Russia, with a balalajkaband playing a cover of ”House of the rising sun”, log, Lone Scherfig a little embarrassed.

" I am aware that there is a rather kitschy version of the Russia, my point was to give the movie an international arena with the idea of New York as the entire world's capital. I have a lifelong love for Russia, as a part of my family were communists and liked the old, " said Lone Scherfig.

When the same journalist jokingly alluded to Nighys Russian accent, pretended Nighy't want to acknowledge the issue.

" Ah, I was hoping not to run into someone from Russia here in Berlin... I'm Sorry, the Russian accent was really nothing that came naturally for me. I got the help of a Russian språkcoach named Dimitri and have a lot of very funny voice recordings on my phone.

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