Beyond Dreams

Rebellious Mirja and her friends have enough of the society they've grown up in. They want to get out. Their dream is Montevideo and a house at a beach.

'The upbeat and confident directorial debut.'

'Beyond Dreams has a sweet paradox of being tough and funny at the same time.'

'A terrific coming-of-age story about this young woman from a woman's perspective [...] a stunning feature debut'


Rojda Sekersöz's feature-film debut delivers a much-awaited women power punch.

A gang's friendship and dreams are put to the test when Mirja comes out of prison intent on breaking with the past and embarking on a new life. Her choice is between being loyal to her sick mother and younger sister, or standing by the friends who truly were her family.

Beyond Dreams is about who you are expected to be and who you want to be, both in your chosen group and society beyond. A humorous and refreshing film about young women's rebellion.

After serving her first ever prison sentence, for a failed robbery where she had been without the gang and their rules for the first time in her life, Mirja returns home and confronts new circumstances. She finds out that her mother is seriously ill and she has to find a job and help to take care of her younger sister.

In her ambition to handle the situation, Mirja begins to live a double life between the family and the gang. She wants to be a better daughter to her mother and an independent individual. She enjoyes her job, but by becoming a part of the society, she must betray her friends and their dream. Mirja isn’t ready for the consequences that her new life brings. She tries to avoid conflict and friction as long as possible, but that’s easier said than done.


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Director: Rojda Sekersöz
Genre: drama
Original title: Dröm Vidare
English title: Beyond Dreams
Country of production: Sweden
Year of production: 2017
Length: 90 min
Color: colour
Screening format: DCP (2.66:1, Surround 5.1, 24fps, non-encrypted)
Original language: Swedish

Subtitles: English
Cast: Evin Ahmad, Ella Åhman, Gizem Erdogan, Segen Tesfai, Malin Persson, Outi Mäenpää, Anna Bjelkerud, Michael Lindgren
Scriptwriter: Johanna Emanuelsson
Director of photography: Gabriel Mkrttchian
Editor: Linda Jildmalm, Hanna Storby
Music: Lisa Holmqvist
Producers: Annika Hellström, Agneta Fagerström Olsson
Production company: 2a film AB
Supported by: Swedish Film Institute/Magdalena Jangard, Filmbasen Stockholm Debut Stockholm Mälardalen, Film I Dalarna and in collaboration with SVT, DR

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Festivals / Awards

Göteborg Film Festival 2017, Sweden - Audience Dragon Award Best Nordic Film, Angelo Award - the Swedish Church’s Award
The Norwegian IFF Haugesund, Norway - FIPRESCI Award 
Duhok IFF, Iraq - Best Female Actor and the Best Film Awards
Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Finland
Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany – Opening Film  Feature Films Competition
European Film Forum Scanorama, Lithuania
Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany 
Noordelijk Film Festival, The Netherlands – Closing Film
Festival International du Film de Bruxelles (FIFB), Belgium – Best Actress Award
Santa Barbara IFF, USA
Nordic Film Winter FF, Czech Republic
TIFF Next Wave, Canada
!f Istanbul IFF, Turkey –  !f Inspired Competition
Luxembourg City Film Festival, Luxembourg
Créteil International Women’s Film Festival, France – France Télévisions Prize for the Best Film ('European Directresses' section)
Green Mountain FF, USA
Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France – Feature Film Competition
Cleveland IFF, USA – International Narrative Competition
Minneapolis St. Paul IFF, USA
London Kurdish FF, UK
Crossing Europe, Austria
Flying Broom IFF, Turkey
China Women's FF, China 
Festival de Cine de Madrid – Mención Especial del Jurado Jóven al Mejor Largometraje Internacional
Human Rights Film Festival Zurich, Switzerland
Tromso Film Festival, Norway
Les Filministes, Canada



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