Posted in movies | music on April 9, 2014

by Bill Pearis

we are the best

Swedish director Lucas Moodyson doesn't stick to one style or subject matter. His films include the funny/sweet Together, as well as the bleak/disturbing Lilya 4-Ever. His latest is We Are the Best! about an all-girl teenage punk band:

An affectionate, retro-fantastic time capsule of early-1980s Sweden, the film follows the spiky-haired trio as they fight the system one shambolic, three-chord anthem at a time, all building up to an exuberant, fist-pumping finale.
You can watch the trailer below. The film is getting a limited US release starting May 30 but folks in NYC can catch an early screening at BAM's Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn on May 7. Moodyson will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and tickets are on sale now.

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In conjunction with the We Are the Best! screening, BAM is presenting a film series, "Punk Rock Girls," in May that is showing a lot of cool films, including... 1980's terrific Breaking Glass (starring new wave singer Hazel O'Connor and Quadrophenia's Phil Daniels) on May 14; 1982 Australian film Starstruck (by Gillian Armstrong who made My Brilliant Career) on May 15; 1980 cult classic Times Square on May 21; and Dennis Hopper's 1981 film Out of the Blue on May 22.

There's more: the highly subversive (and highly underrated, I'm serious) Josie & the Pussycats on May 29; a collection of punk shorts (by the likes of Beth B and Richard Kern) called "Popularity is Boring" on May 29; sci-fi new wave classic Liquid Sky on May 30; Derek Jarman's phantasmagoric dystopian fantasy Jubilee on May 30 & 31; Diane Lane, Laura Dern (plus The Clash's Paul Simonon and Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook) in Ladies & Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains on May 31; and Madonna's big screen debut, Desperately Seeking Susan, on June 1.

Tickets for all screenings in the "Punk Rock Girls" series are on sale via BAM's website. Trailers from all the films in the series are below...

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WE ARE THE BEST! Trailer

BREAKING GLASS Trailer

Starstruck - trailer

Times Square 1980 Trailer

Out of the Blue - trailer

Josie And The Pussycats Trailer

Liquid Sky trailer

Jubilee - trailer

Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains trailer

Desperately Seeking Susan trailer

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Comments (12)

Is that Daniel Radcliffe in the center?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 6:52 PM

We Are the Best should be great, the rest looks like it was just thrown together as an excuse to show We Are the Best. Remember when BAM had good film programs?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 7:10 PM

Remember when BAM had great film programming not that long ago and crap like Desperately Seeking Susan and Josie & The Pussycats would never grace its screens?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 7:13 PM

Madonna is not punk rock. You'd think the Brooklyn Academy of MUSIC would know that.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 7:18 PM

Those look more like punk rock boys

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:14 PM

If I date somebody at BAM will they let me program crap series about punk rock even though most of it has nothing to do with punk? Madonna??? HA HA HA HA !!! The Moodyson movie looks great though. All his movies have been great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 8:11 AM

damn this movie looks incredible

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 11:15 AM

movie will probably be entertaining. band should sound like anti-cimex though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 2:55 PM

So much hate. Must be exhausting.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 4:14 PM

Pussy Riot = THE punk girls

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 10:10 PM

Who's hating? People are just pointing out that some of these films have fuck all to do with punk and a couple of them are really crappy films that only an ironic hipster would want to see. "We Are The Best" looks awesome though so why not just run that for a week?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2014 8:04 AM

Amazing Movie :)

Posted by alonelonely | June 2, 2014 7:42 AM

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