Lars and Sigrit from Iceland, also known as the duo Fire Saga, want to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest – but not everything goes according to plan.
This is the jist of Netflix’s new comedy “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” which pokes fun at the European televised singing competition, an annual event that has accumulated a massive fan base, but also a lot of head shaking, over the last decades.
The star-studded parody, featuring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as leads and former James Bond Pierce Brosnan and Irish comedian Graham Norton in supporting roles, is also romantic love story and a homage to the show.
The timing of the release on June 26, just weeks after millions of Eurovision fans were deprived of a show due to the coronavirus outbreak, couldn’t be better.
The plot begins 46 years ago, when little Lars Erickssong (which should be Eiricksson in Icelandic) watches Abba winning the contest on TV, one year after his mother’s death. He makes a promise to himself that he will win the contest one day.
From then on, he is obsessed with the idea, much to the chagrin of his father (played by Brosnan) and his entire home town Husavik. Together with Sigrit Ericksdottir he plays at local pubs in front of drunk audiences who don’t really appreciate them, to say the least.
Most people find Lars weird and annoying, only Sigrit really believes in him and his dream. But then she also believes in elves.
Eventually, due to certain circumstances, Lars’ dream comes true and Fire Saga is selected to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Edinburgh with the song “Double Trouble.”
Their fellow country people believe they don’t have a chance in hell, but Lars and Sigrit give it everything they have. Of course, breakdowns, intrigue, chaos and love stories all unfold on the way to fame.
Of course, the film also offers fictional music contributions from Belarus or San Marino, half-naked dancers in golden attire -- and much more which the heart of a true ESC fan desires.
“The Story of Fire Saga” is camp and queer and is made with great love and attention to detail.
Hollywood actor Farell himself is a huge Eurovision fan, thanks to his wife, the Swedish actor Viveca Paulin. The California-born star first learned about the show, known for dazzling performances, crazy artists and a lengthy scoring system, 20 years ago during a visit to Sweden.
Ever since then, he had played with the idea of making a film about the cult event. Two years ago, he finally did some research behind the scenes of the contest held in Lisbon.
By the way, the next actual Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled for 2021 and will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This year’s event had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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