American actress and model Elle Fanning sings Swedish artist Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own,’ as well as material by Annie Lennox, No Doubt, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande and others, in the upcoming musical drama Teen Spirit. The film is scheduled for release in the US on 5 April 2019, with a soundtrack on Interscope Records, and you can see Fanning singing the Robyn song in the trailer below.
Teen Spirit is the directorial debut of Max Minghella, the celebrated English actor, screenwriter and star of The Handmaid’s Tale. Fanning, whose co-stars in the picture include Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Burić and Agnieszka Grochowska, plays a teenager called Violet Valenski, who lives in a small European town and takes part in an international singing competition.
The character also sings tracks first recorded by a wide range of pop and alternative artists including Grimes, Orbital, Whigfield and Tegan & Sara among others. The soundtrack will also feature Fanning’s version of ‘Wildflowers,’ a new song written by pop favourite Carly Rae Jepsen. The film, from Lionsgate, Bleecker Street and LD Entertainment, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September.
Film critics who’ve already seen the movie have been fulsome in their praise. ”What’s so brave and exciting about Max Minghella’s directorial debut,” writes David Ehrlich in IndieWire, ”is that it refuses to compromise on either end, a sweet pop spectacle at once both proudly generic and unafraid to be itself.” The review describes Teen Spirit as a ”counterintuitively unique modern fable that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.”
“This is the perfect film to reunite us with our friends at Bleecker Street,” says Mickey Liddell, CEO of LD Entertainment. ”Max’s directorial debut is nothing short of amazing…he is a true visionary. Audiences are going to come back to see Elle Fanning’s magnetic performance again and again.”