MISS KICKI

MISS KICKI

Synopsis

After long online chats on the web with the Taiwanese Businessman, Mr Chang, Miss Kicki decides to travel to Taipei and pay her online paramour a surprise visit. Not willing to travel alone, she invites her 16-year old son Viktor to join her on the trip, on the pretext that they need to get reacquainted after being separated for many years. But when Victor discovers the real purpose of the journey, Kicki has to prove to him (and herself) that she can become the mother he always missed.

Technical Information

2009; Sweden; Drama, Women; 85 minutes; 35mm, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; Dolby SRD; Original Language: English, Swedish; Subtitles: English, French, German; Dubbed Versions: German

DIRECTOR

Håkon Liu

WRITER

Alex Haridi

D.O.P.

Ari Willey

EDITOR

Fredrik Morheden

MUSIC

Fredrik Viklund

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Anita Oxburgh, Yeh Jufeng

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Migma West HB

PRODUCER

Lizette Jonjic

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Ellen Oseng, Tsai Pei-Ling

Kicki

Pernilla August

Viktor

Ludwig Palmell

Didi

Huang He River

Grandmother

Britta Andersson

Mr. Chang

Eric Tsang

HÅKON LIU

Håkon Liu was born in 1975 in Kirkenes Norway by a Norwegian mother and a Chinese father. He grew up in Taiwan. He graduated from The School of Film Direction at The University of Gothenburg in 2005. Before that he studied fine arts at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Håkon is also a permanent guest teacher of film acting at the Academy of Music and Drama and the School of Film Direction at the University of Gothenburg.

On January 14th 2017, Håkon Liu died in Sweden as a result of an ongoing illness.

Selective Filmography

Feature Documentary

2002 Jag og mine husmødre

 

TV Series

2008 Habib

 

Short

2008 London Transfer

2007 Lucky Blue

2007 Kompisar

2005 Kär i natten

2004 Nights in Love

2003 I love you so

2013

EUNIC FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 01 – 01

2012

FESTIVAL DE CINE EUROPEO

May 09 – 19

EU FILM FESTIVAL KAMBODJA

May 01 – Jun 01

NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM

Jan 06 – 08

2011

EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 25 – Dec 08

SEMINCI – VALLADOLID INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 22 – 29

QUEER LISBON FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 16 – 24

MUJERES EN FOCO INT. FILM FESTIVAL FOR GENDER

May 05 – 08

CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 12 – 17 (in competition)

ARTICHOKE FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 07 – 16

2010

HONG KONG LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 19 – Dec 01

CINEDAYS

Nov 16 – 17 (in competition)

NOORDELIJK FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 10 – 14 (in competition)

QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MEZIPATRA

Nov 04 – 10 (in competition)

CINEMA TOUS ECRANS

Nov 01 – 07 (in competition)

LESBISCH-SCHWULE FILMTAGE KARLSRUHE

Oct 05 – 10

OSLO GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 24 – Oct 01 (in competition)

MLODZI INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 14 – 18

 

FILM FORUM ZADAR – EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION COMPETITION

Award for Best Actress (Pernilla August)

Aug 29

FILM FORUM ZADAR FESTIVAL

Aug 24 – 29 (in competition)

ASIAN AMERICAN INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 15 – 24 (in competition)

 

KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Criticer’s Choice

Jul 10

INDBEAR INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 15 – Jul 03

KARLOVY VARY INT. FILM FESTIVAL – CRITICS CHOICE

Jun 02 – 10

TRANSILVANIA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

May 28 – Jun 06

VERZAUBERT BERLIN

Apr 17 – 25

CPH PIX

Apr 15 – 25

2009

STOCKHOLM INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 18 – 29 (in competition)

NORDISCHE FILMTAGE LÜBECK

Nov 04 – 08 (in competition)

TAIWAN COUNTY FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 30 – 31

PUSAN INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 08 – 16 (in competition)

 

Heidelberg –

MANNHEIM-HEIDELBERG FILM FESTIVAL

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize

Jun 09

Expressen

Makes you think of “Lost in Translation”

Expressen

The Swedish daily paper

A brilliant debut!

SVT

A jewel!

Gomorron Sverige

Variety

The pic actually recalls early Wim Wenders with its meandering tone and revealing searches across alien landscapes.

Russel Edwards

Pusan 14th International Film Festival 2009

A perfect example of how “big” a “small” can be. The director’s talent shines and portrays multi-national issues, social problems, domestic conflict, friendship and other intricate dilemmas within simple drama. The script, acting and directing are all well composed.

Special Mention Award Comments from the jury

PERNILLA AUGUST

Pernilla August started acting as a child. In 1979 she was accepted at the National Aademy of Acting in Sweden. She attracted the attention of Ingmar Bergman who offered her a key role in his movie Fanny och Alexander (1982). She has acted in several notable plays, including William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. In 1992 she won the best actress award in festival de Cannes for the film The Best Intentions directed by Bille August. Many in the English-speaking world know her best as Shmi Skywalker (the mother of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader) in the Star Wars prequel movies.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2012 Dom över död man

2012 Hamilton: I nationens intresse

2012 Call Girl

2005 Drabet

2003 Om jag vänder mig om

2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

 

TV Series

2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars