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JJ: What is the message of this movie?
RS: I wanted to tell this story like a fairytale. The first scene is all about being in nowhere, everything is wrong. How does he get out of there, how does he get the girl he is in love with and why do you care being beautiful when you are blind and all that stuff.
It starts with an inner thought about who am I and why don’t I have confidence in myself. For me it is a story about every guy or girl who always thinks about the same things: Am I beautiful enough, smart enough, cool enough.
JJ: How long did it take to produce the movie?
RS: I was still in filmschool when I started writing, 9 years ago. Then years went past and finally, 3-4 years ago, I really started writing. When we got the money we started filming, last winter and it took six weeks. We stayed in this little town in these 6 weeks and after the shooting we spent 6 months on the editing and lot of the time on the music part.
JJ: It was a really good soundtrack, I really loved it!
RS: Thanks, yes there is a single out now on ITunes; Jonas Bjerre “Kids don’t fight”.
JJ: Which scene is the best scene?
RS: Well it changes a lot, sometimes it’s the small things, like when the turtle is burned by the mother. When I was little my dad used to ask me if I could scratch his back and when I had my friends over he asked them if they could scratch his back too. For me it was just natural because I had been doing it my whole life, but thinking about being 15 and having to scratch another mans back for me is really grouse but also kind of funny and strange.
JJ: Why does the mother kill the turtle?
RS: Because it is dead and she tries to save it. I tried to make it almost like a joke, which is not is not important for the story, but just tells something about them being a really weird family, but she does really care for this turtle.
JJ: How autobiographic is it?
RS: I think it´s like 88% and then it´s up to you which part it is.