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JALLA! JALLA!

Sweden, 2000 (MIFF 2001, International Panorama)

Director: Josef Fares

At 23, Josef Fares is one of the youngest talents to emerges from the the Swedish filmaking scene. Jalla! Jalla! is his debut film, is a charming comedy in which love, sex and cultural differences play leading roles. Mans and Roro are in their 20s and best friends. They both work for the park department. Roro, played by the directors brother, is of Arab orign and without his parents knowing has a Swedish girlfriend. He has all the intentions of introducing her to his family yet when he's ready, his parents have arranged a marriage for him. They want him to marry A Lebanese Swedish girl. The film is characterized by youthful pace and a fresh vibrant cast. It's a lighthearted look at the cross cultural tensions and social expextations with a comic twist and was this year nominated in the Best Film category in Guldbagge awards.

" A comedic look at cross cultural clashes Jalla! Jalla! is fast, funny and often very vulgar. The film's pace and sympathetic approach to it's characters will make it a must-see amongst younger audiences" -- Variety

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