Eventbrite - Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) presents SCL Screening + Q&A: EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA - Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - … Sweden happened to win that year with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven", which Ferrell mentions as a reason he became smitten with the competition. In the small town of Húsavík, Iceland, Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir, best friends since childhood, make music together as the band Fire Saga, much to the dismay of Lars' widowed father, Erick. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga celebrates the extravagance of the event through costumes, stage productions, and thoughtful casting of its fictional contenders. [29] The soundtrack has been nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media at the upcoming 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Lars makes it to the grand finale just in time to perform, after hitchhiking with some initially unwilling American tourists, whom he subjects to comments containing negative stereotypes of Americans. Lars, dejected, declines to attend the boat party thrown for all the finalists and sits disappointed on the dock as Sigrit tries to comfort him. Fire Saga, as the only surviving contestants, automatically become Iceland's entry to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Chris Hewitt of Empire magazine wrote: "The votes are in and it's official: this largely unfunny paean to Eurovision is a waste of some serious talent. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Eurovision contest was cancelled, and the film was released a month later, on June 26, on Netflix.[2][3]. But joyously so." Please enable JavaScript to view the Some time later, Lars and Sigrit have had a baby, and Erick and Helka have just got married. [45], David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "If ever a comedy cried out for tight 85-minute treatment that keeps the gags pinging fast enough to disguise the thin sketch material at its core, it's this hit-or-miss two-hour feature. The Story of Fire Saga was initially scheduled for a May 2020 release to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. At least some of the songs are decent." I realised by the time of the Eurovision party singalong that I was laughing out loud. "[51] David Sims of The Atlantic praised the film's "chipper spirit" and wrote "this is a comedy that knows how to make fun and have fun. [40] In its first weekend, the film was the top-streamed item on Netflix in the United States and reached the No. Lars, humiliated, refuses to go and sit with the other contestants to await the rankings, feeling that there is no chance for Fire Saga. [14] In May 2019, Rachel McAdams joined the cast. The first time Rachel McAdams heard about the Contest was the first year that Conchita Wurst won. MPAA Rating: PG-13. This is Eurovision Song Contest: The story of Fire Saga. Lead actors Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams shared with us their first experience of the Eurovision Song Contest. [27] "Volcano Man" was the first song released from the album and features vocals from Will Ferrell and Swedish singer Molly Sandén (credited as My Marianne). The performance of their song "Double Trouble" initially goes very well, but is derailed by an accident involving Sigrit's scarf and a giant hamster wheel. 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"[44] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Participating countries select the performer or performers and a song to compete with and the winning country (usually) hosts the competition the following year. The 123-minute long movie also features stars like Melissanthi Mahut, Mikael Persbrandt, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Graham Norton. Writer and star-of-the-show, Will Ferrell, said, "The Eurovision Song Contest is a music competition that I think has been going on since the mid to late 1950s and was started as a way to get post-World War II Europe together and unified.". Katiana's ghost appears to Lars and warns him that his life is in danger; he ignores her. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga lands on Netflix on Friday 26th June. This page was last edited on 2 February 2021, at 19:17. Will Ferrell comedies are hit or miss, but "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" is pretty close to a bull's-eye. comments powered by Disqus. [50], Charlotte O'Sullivan of the Evening Standard gave the film a more positive review, praising the performances of McAdams and Stevens and writing that "Ferrell, who co-wrote the script, wisely realises that this institution is beyond parody and is simply content to pay homage. Sigrit pleads with him to stay, put on a brave face, and not let Iceland down, even though she, too, believes they lost. Due to technical difficulties, Fire Saga's performance at Söngvakeppnin is a disaster, and the talented Katiana Lindsdóttir wins the pre-selection. Alexander and Sigrit spend the night together, as do Lars and Mita (although neither pair has sex). On stage, they share their first kiss, finally giving in to the feelings they have long had for each other. Luckily, unseen elves save Lars by killing Victor. 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