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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 04.10.17] Sweden horror thriller

Based on Kim W. Andersson's internationally acclaimed graphic novel, director Daniel di Grado's Alena premiered in late 2015 at Sitges before making a short festival run that ended late last year.

It didn't play a lot of fests but it garnered enough attention that it was picked up by Icarus Films which will release the thriller next month.

Amalia Holm stars as the titular Alena, a troubled teen who finds herself at an all-girls private school partway through a difficult school year. She's a bit of a loner and used to being bullied but she finds a friend in classmate Josefin who, when Alena starts being bullied, goes out of her way to stand up for Alena when she won't stand up for herself.

The trailer for Alena suggests this falls somewhere between Carrie and Let the Right One In and that is really exciting though perhaps even best is that we don't have to wait a year to see it.

Alena will be available from Icarus Films on May 9.

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