Directed by: Lisa Ohlin
Written by: Marnie Blok (Screenplay), Marianne Fredriksson (novel)
Produced by: Christer Nilson, Per Holst
Other cast: Helen Sjöholm, Jan Josef Liefers, Cecilia Nilsson
Release date: December 9, 2011 (Sweden)
Running time: 122 minutes
The film is about Simon (Bill Skarsgård), growing up in a working-class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg during World War II. He is very talented and always felt different and an outsider. Against his parents’ approval, he seeks education in the arts, normally not attended by members of the working class at the time. There he meets Isaak (Karl Linnertorp), the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who fled persecution in Nazi Germany. The lives of the two boys and their families intertwine as the war rages in Europe. At the end of the war, it becomes clear to Simon that his life, family and his very identity will no longer be the same.