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In Sweden on September 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm

In the tradition of animated films meant for adults (pioneered by the Japanese, and furthered by the French and Americans – see the recent 9), Swedish director, and former graffiti artist, Tarik Saleh has created a unique, dystopian vision of a future Europe. The story revolves around Stockholm-native Roger, who begins to hear strange voices in his head when he nears the subway system (which has been connected to every underground in Europe). With the continent facing depleting oil reserves, Roger then unwittingly gets caught up in a major conspiracy.

The filmmakers created the distinct look of the film by photoshopping and stylizing actual photographs before animating them. The impressive voice cast includes Swedish stars like Vincent Gallo, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgaard (of Pirates fame) and Alexander Skarsgaard (star of HBO’s “True Blood”), as well as American actress/rocker Juliette Leiws. The film was recently featured at this year’s Venice Film Festival, and is set for a November 6 release in its native Sweden. Whether or not the film, which was filmed in English, will secure a stateside theatrical release is still up in the air. Figures crossed though; we can never get enough darker, more imaginative animated films, especially when nonsensical films like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (dinosaurs were long extinct by the time of the wooly mammoths) make over $850 million worldwide.