The Guldbagge Awards 2011, Best Screenplay and Best Actress in a Leading Role; Pusan Film Festival 2010, Flash Forward Award

Katarina is 20 years old. With a troubled past in a dreary suburb, her life seems to be already set in stone – until she discovers music. Everything changes when she hears a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the Gothenburg Concert Hall that sends her reeling and opens up a beautiful new world. She feels that she has 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, filled with lies, betrayal and a dangerous liaison with the married conductor Adam. Yet Katarina is ready to do anything to gain her new identity.

LISA LANGSETH (Stockholm, 1975)
Having qualified at the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in Stockholm, her career as a dramatist and stage director took off in the 1990s. In 2006 she directed the short feature Accepted (2006), produced by Helen Ahlsson. The film received a Special Mention for Best Screenplay at Gothenburg Film Festival and won the award for Best Short at the International Short Film Festival Leuven in Belgium and at Torino Film Festival in Italy.
In autumn 2004 her drama The Loved One (2004) had its first night at the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s Elverket playhouse in Stockholm with Noomi Rapace playing the lead. Pure is Lisa Langseth’s feature film debut.

Pure is about the social and cultural class climb of a young woman in 2010. The film is alive at both the political and psychological level, though it could be described simply as the account of a young woman prepared to go to any lengths to acquire a new identity. The elitist culture that confronts Katarina at the concert hall works both as a catalyst and a trap. Here, intellectual visions and beautiful music reign; however, accumulated cultural capital and basic male elitism are present too, to secure the institution. I hope my characters are double-faceted in the same way. I see them neither as evil nor good; it’s more a case of their actions being governed by cause and effect – they are, after all, only human. (Lisa Langseth)

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