Max Minghella’s Directorial Debut Teen Spirit at SXSW 2019 [Video]

"Any movie that gets made is a miracle, that is just a fact. The miracle on this movie was the music." - Max Minghella

Making its U.S. Premiere at SXSW 2019, Teen Spirit follows Violet (Elle Fanning), a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent, and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

"I was very excited about the idea to take a classic fairytale story and doing it in a way that felt completely different." - Max Minghella

The film features music from numerous popular artists including Robyn, Ellie Goulding, and Major Lazer to name a few. One audience member asked about the inspiration behind the songs chosen. Minghella noted that he's a fan of pop music and the songs felt right for Fanning's character and this notion of the sugarcoating of the pop songs, but in reality, something much darker lies beneath. "That's what the whole movie is striving for," added Minghella.

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U.S. Premiere of Teen Spirit - Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW

By Neha Aziz