Moodysson begins lensing on ‘Lilja’

Pic began lensing last week in Estonia

STOCKHOLM — Lukas Moodysson, the acclaimed Swedish director of “Together” and “Show Me Love,” has started shooting his latest film under a heavy veil of secrecy.

Pic, titled “Lilja 4-Ever,” began lensing last week in Estonia, with two Russian teen actors in the leading roles. The story takes place in Russia and Sweden, but no one is saying any more than that.

In a written statement to Variety, Moodysson, the hottest property in Scandi cinema, says, “I can’t say anything about the story, since it’s so difficult to talk about a film before it has been made.”

“Lilja 4-Ever” is being produced by Memfis Film, which produced his two previous movies, both of which were international arthouse hits.

Sixteen-year-old Oksana Akinshina, who co-starred in Sergej Bodrov Jr.’s 2001 Venice competition pic “Sisters,” takes the lead with 12-year old Artiom Bogucharskij, who is making his feature debut.

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Producer Lars Jonsson says, “I can’t comment on the story, but it feels very much like Lukas. It’s a strong story, and those who have seen his two previous films will find it recognizable.”

Pic’s dialogue will be in both Russian and Swedish. Moodysson does not speak Russian, but actress Alexandra Dahlstrom (“Show Me Love”) does. She will be assistant director on “Lilja 4-Ever.”

Nathan Larsson, whose previous music credits includes “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Tigerland,” is scoring.

The film is expected to be ready for release in August, which would make it a likely contender for the Venice film festival, where “Together” was a big hit in 2000.

Co-financiers include Zentropa, Film i Vast, Swedish TV, the Nordic Film & TV Fund, the Swedish Film Institute and the Danish Film Institute.

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