‘Kiss Me’ director Josefine Tengblad

Josefine Tengblad

Josefine Tengblad


Swedish thespian Josefine Tengblad knows all about the magic of make-believe. She has acted in the theater since the age of 6, and has worked for the production company responsible for “Wallander” and the Millennium Trilogy films starring Noomi Rapace. She recently started LeBox, her own production company. As a producer and an actor in the Swedish film “Kiss Me,” Tengblad was interested in bringing her own experiences to the screen. If you enjoyed the plot of “Imagine Me & You” (2005), you will like this story line — about a “straight” girl with a fiancé who falls for a lovely lesbian — but “Kiss Me” goes beyond clichés, mining Tengblad’s real-life romance for emotional resonance.

“Kiss Me” closely reflects your life. Was that something you wanted to do, going into your first film?

I met [screenwriter and director] Alexandra [-Therese Keining] and I just knew that I wanted to work with her. I didn’t know on what, but I knew that I wanted to work with her. I told her that I had met this woman, and she said, ‘This is weird, but you have to read something that I wrote.’ So she gave me the treatment [for “Kiss Me”], which was 20 pages about this woman falling in love with her stepsister. When I read it, something happened. I was like, ‘This is what I’m going through. This is too much. This is strange. Why is this happening?’ It just felt cosmic. The second time we met, we were like, ‘We have to do this. We just have to do this movie.’

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