On July 19, see the critically lauded Swedish romantic horror film Let the Right One In /Låt den rätte komma in (dir. Tomas Alfredson, 2008), based on the 2004 novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was later adapted to the 2010 American film Let Me In (starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz) and the 2022 Showtime TV series Let the Right One In. A fragile, anxious boy, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. His wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli, a pale and serious young girl who has just moved in next door with her father, and who only comes out at night. Coinciding with her arrival, a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders occur — in which blood seems to be the common denominator.
As Oscar begins to realize that Eli may be more than she first seemed, a subtle romance also begins to blossom between them, as Eli gives him strength to fight back against his aggressors. But as he also becomes increasingly aware of the tragic and inhuman dimensions of Eli’s plight, he also cannot bring himself to forsake her.
Hailed as “a spectrally beautiful vampire film that’s more than the sum of its chills and estimable technique” (Manohla Dargis, NY Times), Let the Right One In won numerous awards including four Guldbagge Awards, the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival, the Méliès d’Argent (Silver Méliès), and others. Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson weaves friendship, rejection and loyalty into a disturbing and darkly atmospheric, yet poetic and unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence.
“An unforgettable, atmospheric love story full of stunning imagery…this is one original that can’t be improved” (LA Daily News)
“Sinister but gorgeous and compelling…what it would look like if Vermeer had ever decided to make a bloody horror movie” (Los Angeles Times)
“Best. Vampire. Movie. Ever” (Washington Examiner)
About Hans Christian Tomas Alfredson
Hans Christian Tomas Alfredson (b. April 1, 1965) is a Swedish film director who is best known internationally for directing the 2008 vampire film Let the Right One In and 2011 espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Alfredson has received the Guldbagge award for Best Direction twice; in 2005 for Four Shades of Brown, and in 2008 for Let the Right One In.