Pure (Till Det Som Är Vackert)
Directed by Lisa Langseth | SWEDEN | 2010 | 101min | Subtitled
Katarina (Alicia Vikander) is 20 years old. With a troubled past in a dreary suburb, her life seems to be already set in stone until she discovers Mozart for the first time on YouTube and is immediately fascinated by the emotional power of his music. One day she slips into the Gothenburg Concert Hall during a rehearsal. As if in a long passage from dark to light, she becomes immersed visually and acoustically in a totally different and fascinating world. It sends her reeling and she becomes driven to change her life and get as far away from her ugly reality as possible. But the path she has to follow proves a treacherous one. Katarina is ready to do anything to gain her new identity. Lisa Langseth‘s emotionally stirring, tightly constructed directorial debut is based on her play staged in 2004 at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre. The film was awarded the Flash Forward Award at the Pusan International Film Festival.