Marjo Pipinen

Finnish Film Affair’s Best Project Award to The Oasis of Now

Several upcoming Finnish films and projects in development were pitched on Wednesday at the film industry event Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki. The Finnish Film Foundation sponsored the Best Project  Award, worth 3000 euros, which was given to The Oasis of Now. The film was pitched by producers Jussi Rantamäki and Emilia Haukka from production …

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Interview with Zaida Bergroth: “I love to get out of my head”

Written by Marta Bałaga About to unveil her latest drama, Maria’s Paradise, in Toronto, the Finnish filmmaker talks about her entire career. Maria’s Paradise seems like a bit of a change, as you have never done a period drama before. Before, the furthest you have gone back in time was to the 1970s in your …

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Stupid Young Heart by Selma Vihunen selected as the Finnish Oscar candidate

Stupid Young Heart is directed by Selma Vihunen and written by Kirsikka Saari. Vilhunen and Saari’s short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Short Film Live Action in 2014. The jury described the film as a humane and unusual love story of two …

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Komeetta heading to Toronto – an interview with producer Daniel Kuitunen

Helsinki-based production company Komeetta, founded in 2014 by Daniel Kuitunen and Kaisla Viitala, has a great start for their fall: the company has two films in the program of Toronto International Film Festival starting September 5th. Their first feature film, Maria’s Paradise, is a dark and timely story about a cult leader and her devoted …

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The Finnish nominee for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2019 is Aurora

The five nominees for the annual Nordic Council Film Prize were announced on August 20 at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. The Finnish national jury picked Aurora, the debut feature from writer-director Miia Tervo as the Finnish nominee. The film is produced by Max Malka for Dionysos Films. Aurora is an unconventional love …

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Two Finnish feature films and two shorts to Toronto

The biggest film festival in North America, Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its program. Zaida Bergroth’s Maria’s Paradise will have its world premiere at the festival, in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The film is written by Anna Viitala and Jan Forsström and produced by Daniel Kuitunen and Kaisla Viitala for Komeetta. Set in …

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Seven Finnish film at the Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund

The annual film festival is organized August 17–23. Katja Gauriloff’s debut feature Baby Jane will have its international premiere in the Nordic Focus program. Gauriloff is known for her documentary films Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest and Canned Dreams. Baby Jane, based on a novel by Sofi Oksanen, tells the emotional story of two women falling in …

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Danish-Finnish co-production Psychosia to Venice Critics’ Week

The film is a debut feature from writer-director Marie Grahtø. Set in a psych ward, the film is a story about the difficult relationship between a psychologist and their suicidal patient. The roles are played by the Danish star Trine Dyrholm and the up-and-coming Victoria Carmen Sonne. The Finnish talent include composer Pessi Levanto, make-up …

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New Finnish short films screened on the Night of the Arts

The Finnish Film Foundation joins once again the Helsinki Festival’s Night of the Arts which is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Thursday, August 15. During the evening we will screen some of the best new Finnish short films. There will be two selections of films during the evening, both screened twice. The screenings start at …

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