Director: Torbjörn Martin, John Boisen & Björn Fävremark | Sweden 2011 | 90 min
With his hat worn aslant, his boyish charm and his fantastically catchy pop tunes, the Swedish popular hero Håkan Hellström has played his way into the hearts of both young and old. But we also get to discover an utterly likeable and highly musical person behind the hysterical "Håkon-mania" in "2 steg från Håkan", which follows two parallel tracks. 18-year-old Amanda is a devoted fan, who is happy to spend 27 hours queueing to get to the very front at the concerts with her idol, when she isn"t spending time looking after her grandfather. On the other side, we have Håkan himself, who knows the phenomenon of idolatry perfectly well, both from his own teenage years and as a successful charmer. Now, the roles have been reversed, and modest as he is, he tries simply to be the person he is: a mediocre idiot, as he himself puts it. But no matter if he wants to admit it or not: he has gone on to become quite a popular idiot. It isn"t exactly a secret that the Swedes are experts in good style, and with the film's beautiful and poetic images we are witnesses from when the songs are being written at the home of his friend Björn until they are performed in energetic live shows. But we are also there when children need to be fed, old days are being talked about or ice hockey matches are being played.
2 steg från Håkan (Sweden, 2011, 90 min.)
Director: Torbjörn Martin, John Boisen & Björn Fävremark. Camera: John Boisen & Torbjörn Martin. Edit: Torbjörn Martin. Producer: Sofie Björklund, Björn Fävremark, Hjalmar Palmgren. Production: STARK Film & Event.
Dialogue: with English Subtitles.