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Nice People

Nice People

Karin af Klintberg & Anders Helgeson, 92 min.

Sverige, 2015

Nice People

A motley crew of exiled Somalis are running for the World Cup in ice hockey in a warped and political feel-good hit of an integration comedy.

Seventeen young men, who have all escaped from their home country Somalia and ended up in the small Swedish town of Borlänge, sign up for the World Cup in the ice-hockey-like ball sport bandy. None of them have stood on skates before, the World Cup in Siberia is just around the corner, and they have six months to qualify. The idea comes from the entrepreneurial Borlänge resident Patrik. With slick hair and sunglasses, he is a real character in search of a real mission: to find a common ground in a town where the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are making major inroads, and where xenophobia and prejudice are the order of the day. Heading the team is the national team coach Pelle Fosshaug, who himself is known for his fiery temper on the bandy pitch. And for the unlikely team, the game itself is not just a fight for the country they have left behind, but also for the country they now live in. An unexpected feel-good documentary comedy on integration with a serious political agenda – and a film that has been one of Sweden's biggest documentary success stories ever.

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Director: Karin af Klintberg & Anders Helgeson
Original Title: Filip & Fredrik presenterar Trevligt folk
Country: Sverige
Year: 2015
Running time: 92 min
Language: English subtitles
Tags: Borderline Politics
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Producer: Lars Beckung
Production Company: Thelma/Louise Produktion AB
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