Program 18: Screwed
Directed by Nils-Erik Ekblom
Seventeen-year-old Miku is about to embark on a dreadfully dull summer. With his parents away at the family cottage, Miku’s older brother Sebu has blitzed into town just long enough to destroy the house with an epic party. But when Sebu disappears and leaves Miku to take the fall for the rager, their parents force Miku to return to the cottage with them for the rest of the summer. Mom is so angry that not only does she take Miku’s phone away, she throws it into traffic. Now Miku is sequestered at the cottage with a very angry mother, a narcoleptic father, and no phone. Miku is screwed… but everything changes when attractive neighbor boy Elias boats into his life.
As the movie opens, we see Miku dodging the flirtatious advances of a pretty classmate. Miku clearly is not interested, but Sebu pushes them together, leaving Miku with no avenue of escape. Now meeting Elias for the first time, the elongated glances between the two boys betray their interest in each other. Eager to spend time with one another, an immediate friendship is born. As their relationship deepens, Elias helps Miku explore a new side of his life and turns his dreary summer into a life-changing adventure of self-discovery.
Screwed offers a fresh take on the coming-of-age drama, delicately exploring themes of young love, teenage angst, and strained family relationships. With Miku (Mikko Kauppila) and Elias (Valtteri Lehtinen) at its center, the film is rounded out by an array of eccentric supporting characters that add both a dramatic backdrop and comedic moments to the story. Engrossing and relatable, Screwed is sure to leave audiences satisfied.
— Steve Weisenreder
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Frameline San Francisco LGBTQ International Film Festival